Erica on Bonanza Ridge with Mount Blackburn in the background.

Erica on Bonanza Ridge with Mount Blackburn in the background.

ERICA STERNE, DIRECTOR + PRODUCER

Erica Sterne is a native New Yorker currently based in Downtown Los Angeles where she produces and directs content for all size screens.  Her short films have premiered and won awards at SXSW, Slamdance, Venice International, NFFTY and more.  An alumnus of USC School of Cinematic-Arts, after school, Erica worked on studio films with industry mentors Wes Craven, Dito Montiel and Garry Marshall, eventually joining The Weinstein Company as an executive in post production. With BROOKLYN/ALASKA, Erica returns to her directing roots and primary goal of using cinema for social change. 

Erica was inspired to document this year’s Brooklyn To Alaska trip by her 97 year-old grandfather, Jack Gorelick, a formerly blacklisted union organizer and true cinema lover who is neighbors with Sam Gregory and urged him to “stop talking about it start the program himself” 10 years ago.  Erica hopes to uphold a family legacy of social activism through film.  

Fletcher sets up a time lapse of the base of Kennicott Glacier.

Fletcher sets up a time lapse of the base of Kennicott Glacier.

FLETCHER WOLFE, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Fletcher Wolfe is an award winning cinematographer based in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.  Narratives work includes Puppet Man and Close premiered at Sundance in 2016 and 2011, respectively. Fletcher was granted the Nestor Almendros Award for Cinematography in 2011 for her work on Rustic Dunes.  An accomplished Music Video Director-DP, Fletcher’s videos have been featured on Vice’s Noisey and her 2016 video Born Again won Grand Prize at the Silver Sound Showdown and was featured at MVT3, an experimental installation at Pioneer Works. Fletcher's first feature documentary, Not Bad At All, lauded as "genre-bending" and "intimate" premiered as Facet's featured Resident Video for September 2016. She is recently was awarded Best Cinematography at the Glendale International Film Festival for her work on the feature film Sugar!  

Cory enjoys a hazy morning along the Nazina River.

Cory enjoys a hazy morning along the Nazina River.

CORY CHOY, production SOUND MIXER (ALASKA)

A founding member of Silver Sound, Emmy Award-winning Cory Choy has been pushing the audio limits since 2003.  He has crisscrossed the globe with the likes of director and activist Lara Lee, explorer and TV host Richard Wiese, and trouble-and-movie-maker Andrew Wonder as a production sound mixer; he has been supervising sound designer for folks such as indie horror legend Lloyd Kaufman and actor/producer Max Casella ; and he has mixed countless commercial spots, animations, documentaries and narrative films for people and companies from fine artist Josh Azzarella to director Musa Syeed to Pitchfork Magazine. Driven by a desire to excel in his craft and a belief that he can always learn more, Cory has never been afraid to go off the beaten path: he was an early adopter of both Sony Vegas and the groundbreaking DAW REAPERfrom Cockos, has been a proponent of the game-changing ZaxcomNomad, and is constantly searching for and thinking about new and better ways to record, edit, create, and mix sound.

Aaron on top of Bonanza Peak.

Aaron on top of Bonanza Peak.

AARON SNOW, B-CAMERA OP + ASSISTANT CAMERA 

Originally from a small farm town in the Midwest, Aaron Snow began his film career in Chicago before moving to New York in 2012. Now based in Brooklyn, Aaron travels the country with his work as a commercial and documentary Assistant Cameraman and Director of Photography. On BROOKLYN/ALASKA, Aaron could often be found rappelling cliffs, climbing mountain peaks and climbing ice walls to "get the shot."

 
 

CORECE SMITH, 2ND Unit Director (brooklyn)

Corece Smith is a writer, filmmaker and media consultant. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he is a graduate of DePaul University with a Master of Science in Media Producing and Visual Theory. Known for his thought-provoking takes on the arts and politics, he has contributed to numerous media outlets: NPR (National Public Radio), BET.com, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and others. Corece believes in pushing the narrative of justice by meeting the intersections of art, politics and equality.