A documentary film on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury

Filmmakers

CHERYL GREEN (503) 432-3169 ::: Producer, Co-Director

cheryl@storyminders.com

Black and white photo of a woman with shoulder-length, curly dark hair. She stands in front of a grungy brick wall, smiling slightly.Cheryl Green MFA, MS integrates her training in Performance As Public Practice and Speech-Language Pathology to explore how story can be used to break down stigma and barriers. After decades of repeated sports concussion and a series of mild traumatic brain injuries in 2010 and 2011, she began making films that combine personal narrative and activism to create dynamic, artistic tools to challenges misconceptions and stereotypes of disability while celebrating pride in disability experiences. She is on the board of Disability Art and Culture Project and served on the boards of Brain-injury Information Referral and Resource Development (BIRRDsong) and Oregon Cultural Access. She volunteered with National Black Disability Coalition consulting on media and technology. Her artistic goals focus on making media accessible, cross-disability collaboration, and building equity.

Cheryl writes and audio records all of the post on this blog.

Owner, StoryMinders:  2012-present
Visit www.StoryMinders.com for info on other films, media access, training, and public speaking.

Media and Access Skills

  • Closed Captioning
  • Audio and video recording, editing, and transcription
  • Alt. Text and graphic descriptions
  • Accessible pdfs and Office documents

Past Film and Documentary Work

  • “In My Home,” 2017, Documentary short: Director, Producer, Editor, camera, location sound. 1st Place in CDRNYS Free Our People Film Festival
  • “Becoming Bulletproof,” 2015, Feature documentary: Outreach Director
  • “Paper Visions,” 2013, Documentary short: Director, Producer, Editor, camera, location sound
  • “The Tablet Shorts, Out,” 2013, Narrative Fiction and Non-fiction Shorts:  Producer, camera, location sound, design
  • “Friending with Brain Injury!,” 2012, Narrative Fiction Short: Writer, Director, Co-producer, co-star
  • “Cooking with Brain Injury,” 2011, Narrative Fiction Short: Writer, Co-director, co-star
  • “Witness Our Schools,” 2004, Statewide documentary theatre project by Sojourn Theatre: Lead Interviewer, Project Manager, Dramaturg

Grants

  • Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant recipient for films:  2012 Artistic Focus; 2013 Community Participation; 2014 Artistic Focus

Click here for Cheryl’s CV.

CYNTHIA J. LOPEZ (971) 227-5040 ::: Producer, Co-Director

cynthia@eleusisfilms.com

Portrait of Cynthia Lopez standing by a white barn door.Cynthia Lopez, MA, MUS, is interested in how we express values through narrative forms. She made her first film on Super 8 at age eleven in a llama pasture and soon thereafter began documenting the world around her with tools such as a cassette tape recorder and her parents’ VHS camera. She worked toward a career as a qualitative researcher who was deeply interested in exploring ethnographic methodologies, but found that the medium of film was more suited to her desire to create visual narratives. She currently produces documentaries and educational videos through Eleusis Films.

Current independent work

Past Roles
•”Friending with Brain Injury!” 2012; Narrative Fiction: Producer, Camera Operator, Editor
•”Cooking with Brain Injury” 2011; Narrative Fiction: Producer, Camera Operator, Editor
•”Global Health and Aging,” Service Learning in Nicaragua, 2010, Documentary:  Director, Producer, Editor

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