hoto Credit:  Peter Hellberg

John Fiege

John Fiege is a director, cinematographer and photographer whose films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Museum of Modern Art, and Hot Docs, among many others. His latest film, Above All Else, is a feature-length documentary about the Keystone XL pipeline that premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, with an international premiere at Hot Docs. The film won Best North American Documentary at the Global Visions Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. Mississippi Chicken, his intimate portrait of immigrants working in the poultry industry, was nominated for a Gotham Award for “The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” Variously described as “immersive,” “saturated,” “patient,” and “precise,” his distinct cinematic approach translates the political into the personal. He recently photographed the 2014 Sundance documentary selection, No No: A Dockumentary. He holds a B.A. from Carleton College, an M.S. in cultural geography and environmental history from The Pennsylvania State University, and an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, where he has also worked as a lecturer. 

Twitter: @johnfiege

Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Christopher Lucas

Christopher Lucas has a background in broadcast news, produced Fiege Films' Above All Else, and has worked on numerous commercial projects as writer, director, or producer. He was a writer and researcher on Living Spring, an interactive environmental documentary about Barton Springs in Austin, Texas. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate in media studies from the University of Texas, where he also co-founded, an online forum for media criticism. He holds an appointment as Visiting Professor of film and new media at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Twitter: @christophrlucas

Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Liz Perlman

 Liz has been working as an editor on numerous independent film projects since moving to Austin in 2011. She served as a co-editor + associate producer for Above All Else and most recently edited Deborah Esquenazi's Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.  She's worked for Bob Byington as an assistant editor for 7 Chinese Brothers (SXSW '15) and as a DIT for Infinity Baby, starring Nick Offerman + Kieren Culkan. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Florida. 

Twitter: @meaninglizz