Steve Michelson

Executive Producer, Specialty Studios and the Video Project

Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer for Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives. He has been involved with award winning documentary films as a producer and editor for over 35 years and is based in San Francisco.

Since 2005 Steve has focused his efforts on the distribution of cause-related films through Specialty Studios and its educational distribution arm, The Video Project.

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Sandy Cannon-Brown

Founder and President, VideoTakes, Inc.
Adjunct Professor, School of Communication, American University

Sandy Cannon-Brown, founder and president of VideoTakes, is an award-winning writer, producer and director with a strong background in print and broadcast journalism. She has received several Special Achievement Awards from the International Television Association for Script Writing and Directing, as well as the prestigious Woman of Vision award from Women in Film & Video.

Most recently, Sandy has led crews to Ecuador to produce two TV documentaries on rainforests, to Montana to produce a DVD about the restoration of the Northern Great Plains, and to Sedona, Arizona to produce a public service announcement on climate change. Upcoming projects include a biopic on Henry A. Wallace, former American Vice President, and a feature documentary on the effort to save genetically pure bison in the Great Plains. Sandy also teaches environmental filmmaking at American University.

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Dan Gallagher

Writer, Director, and Producer, VideoTakes, Inc.

Dan Gallagher worked on the promotional trailer for “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives” as a writer and editor, and continued to write, produce, and edit for the feature-length film. In 2007 Dan was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Film and Video from American University. For his graduate thesis, Dan adapted a cult story by Raymond Chandler, “The Bronze Door,” into a twenty-minute film noir photographed at period locations in Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Before moving to Washington, DC to pursue his studies, Dan edited the morning news at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, OH.

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