The Filmmakers

Ann Hedreen & Rustin Thompson

Ann Hedreen is a writer, producer, director, and teacher. Her memoir, Her Beautiful Brain, won a 2016 Next Generation Indie book award. Ann has also won many Emmys and other filmmaking honors, including Women in Film’s Nell Shipman award for Best Documentary, awarded to Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story. Her long-running blog, The Restless Nest, received a 2016 honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

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Ann earned her M.F.A. in creative writing at Goddard College and her B.A. at Wellesley College. She is a regular volunteer tutor for Horn of Africa Services and teaches memoir writing at Seattle Central College and Hugo House. A Seattle native, she is an alumna of the Hedgebrook center for women writers and a member of Women in Film Seattle. Ann began her career at the City News Bureau of Chicago.


Rustin Thompson is an independent filmmaker with more than 30 years experience as a broadcast journalist, director, cinematographer, editor, and writer. He has earned several Emmy and photojournalism awards, including an Emmy for his producing and camerawork on a CBS News Special Report from North Korea. His documentary, 30 Frames A Second won numerous Best Documentary awards at film festivals nationwide, and is distributed by Cinetic and Bullfrog Films.

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Rustin is the host of the popular KBCS, 91.3FM Americana radio program, Road Songs and is completing a book on lean team documentary filmmaking. His dystopian, experimental doc-fiction feature, The Ends of the Earth is distributed by IndieFlix. Rustin is currently at work on My Mother Was Here, a memoir film.

Rustin and Ann’s other documentaries include The Church on Dauphine Street, False Promises, and Art Without Walls. They have aired internationally and can be viewed on various streaming platforms.


Our music composers:

Robert Carroll, Ph.D., has played and taught guitar for over 30 years. During his ethnomusicology doctoral studies at the University of Washington, he gained proficiency on the Venezuelan cuatro while researching how songs record social history, express religious devotion, create mental geographies, and negotiate political regionalism in the city of Maracaibo. He has performed a wide range of musical styles from around the world, including Middle Eastern, South American, and West African, in addition to rock and R&B from the U.S.

Rafael Vargas, Peruvian music writer and guitarist, completed his music studies at the University of Washington. His guitar studies of world genres allow him to have a versatile style which enables him to work with different ethnic music ensembles and musical settings. While Rafael is adept at a number of musical styles, he has devoted himself to the intensive demands of the flamenco art and has been bringing his dynamic and powerful guitar playing to concert halls of the Northwest as a soloist as well as a member of ensembles. His intense desire to acknowledge world music has led him to explore, and express his musical experiences through his recording material “Amanecer.”


Editing assistant/Consultant:

Nick Thompson is a filmmaker based in Port Angeles, WA. He has edited and assistant edited documentary, narrative, and promotional films, working
with Premiere, Avid, and Final Cut Pro. He’s worn numerous hats on set, including as a production assistant on professional films and as director of his own projects. Nick is originally from Seattle. He also acts in theater and film, designed his own show as a radio producer at KAOS 89.3, and is a photographer and musician.

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