CREATIVE TEAM

 

IZZY CHAN  |  Director, Producer & Editor

Brought up in Hong Kong and Singapore, Izzy started writing and directing stage plays since Form 2 (U.S. grade 8). Her senior film project from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts was screened at film festivals around the world— including Vancouver International, Frameline (SF), and Verzaubert (Berlin, Munich, Koln, Frankfurt).

Izzy built a successful career in advertising as a strategist and researcher in human behavior, social trends and popular culture. She is grateful for the trust of visionary clients like Oakley, Apple, and HTC, that has allowed her to do some incredibly creative ethnographic-documentary research work.

Izzy’s personal struggles as an “accidental” breadwinner wife is the spark that led to the making of the documentary. The Big Flip allows Izzy to marry her expertise in audience research to her passion for filmmaking.


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PAIGE GREEN  |  Photographer-in-Chief & Co-Producer

Paige spent her childhood drawing and dreaming about becoming the next Jane Goodall until falling in love with photography in college. Unsure of what to do with an art degree and scared of chemistry, she majored in Geography to learn more about the world.

It was a geography professor who gave Paige her first photography job: photographing clouds in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After that summer of hiking and chasing clouds with her camera, Paige was sure about two things: she wanted to learn more about photography and she wanted to stay in California.

Except for her year in London pursuing a Masters in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the University of the Arts, Paige has been photographing and living in California ever since. She and her husband Arann are living The Big Flip just north of San Francisco with their two sons, dog and cat.


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AARON CHAICLIN  |  Co-Producer & Sound Design

At heart, Aaron's a drummer and a musician. "My mom always had music playing from when I was a baby in the crib, and I started lessons at age 5. You can say that music is in my blood." In addition to drumming in the Bay Area jazz band Hoi Polloi, Aaron is in charge of data engineering at a tech company that helps bring new medical therapies to market faster to save more lives. Before that, he worked at a music startup that made music instruments more affordable for kids.


KENT KESSINGER

Cinematographer

Kent is a documentary filmmaker and activist whose work covers a range of issues, from the stories of migrants who attempt to cross the “Devil’s Highway” in Nogales, to documenting the reactions in Oakland after the Mehserle’s Verdict.  Kent’s currently finishing his documentary about intentional communities in America, The Idiocratic Life.

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TED SAVARESE

Composer

Ted is a composer, music producer and guitarist who is respected and loved by many in the San Francisco music scene. Ted won a Golden Eye award for his film score for the documentary October Country.

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EVA ILONA BRZESKI

Co-Editor

Eva is an award-winning editor who edited the documentary feature Under Our Skin as well as the TV shows The Real World, The Simple Life, and many documentary and narrative films. Her work has been featured at Sundance, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Cinematheque and numerous other festivals.

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VIVIEN HILLGROVE

Editing Supervisor

Vivien has more than 41 years of experience as an award-winning editor for both feature films and documentaries, including Senorita Extraviada (special jury prize at Sundance and the 2002 International Documentary Award), Heart of the Sea (Independent Lens Audience Award), and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

 

DANA SCHECTER

Animator

Throughout Dana has made both music and visuals. She taught herself to do motion graphics and animation in 1997 when she moved to NYC. Bringing these two worlds together has been an inspiring and welcome challenge.

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TOM SHEPARD

Story Consultant

Tom has been directing and producing documentary films for nearly 20 years. His film Scout's Honor won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as well as Grand Prize at the 2001 USA Film Festival and Best Social Issue Documentary by the Council on Family Relations.

ANDREW GERSH

Editing Consultant

Andrew is a documentary film and video editor based in Berkeley, California. His work has appeared on PBS, ABC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4, UK and in theaters worldwide. He is a Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.

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PETER LOCKE

TITLES

With over 20 years of experience as art director, Peter's range of clients has kept him far from anything but bored: Adidas, HP, Levi's, Magellan, Microsoft, Nortel, The North Face, Polaroid, Whole Foods, to name a few. In addition to art direction in brand, retail, print and TV, Peter possesses a deep understanding of graphic design of all kinds, from posters to movie titles.


GUARDIAN ANGELS

Advisors and mentors who keep us hopeful and sane!

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PAM SCOTT

Founder of the Curious Company, board member of IDEO.org and the National Portrait Gallery, organic farmer

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MICK DIENER

Filmmaker, direct response marketing veteran, yogi

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BARBARA MARK

Executive coach, board member of Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

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BEN MANGAN

Micro-savings pioneer, Haas Business School Lecturer, Huffington Post blogger

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MONICA LAM

Documentary and filmmaker, currently producer at KQED

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LISA JOY ROSNER

Market-creating Silicon Valley CMO & Momaholic (4 kids in 4 years), baker and lover of yoga


BIG FLIPPING SUPPORT TEAM

ALEXANDRA LOUISE RIVERA

Distribution & Marketing

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LAURA SCHNEIDER

Junior Producer

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LILY NG

Producer

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CAROLINE LARROUILH

Producer

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TYLER YOUNG

Logo Design

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JESSICA GATES

Design & Innovation

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MARY ANNE BISHOP

Writer

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JANENE LIN

Writer

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SARAH FRONING

Writer

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JANE RUDOLPH

Writer

 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC CONTRIBUTORS

In addition to the all-original score from our composer Ted Savarese, we are grateful for the two following musicians who have generously contributed their songs for us to use at the end of the film.

Song over finale

LOVE + SEX + HOPE + DREAMS

Written & performed by MARK MILLER

Song over end credits

EVERYTHING I AM

Written & performed by KIYOSHI FOSTER