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Joe Hartnett is a Producer and Director for the Pacific Film Foundation. His content work includes programming for Disney Educational Media, creating, developing, and producing animated content for health classes featuring Disney characters and their voices.  He was a writer for the Smurfs animated series produced by Hanna Barbera.  He has produced numerous content-based pieces on health care (City of Hope, USC Norris Cancer Center), tourism (Tahiti, Switzerland), travel (Swiss Rail, Air Tahiti Nui), and musical instruments (Fender).  He produced for television Hawaiki Nui Va’a: World Championship Outrigger Canoe Race for ESPN; Freeze Frame: Switzerland and Tahiti for The Travel Channel, and a weeklong broadcast of E! TV Talk Soup produced on location in Tahiti.  He co-produced a short documentary, A Delicate Balance filmed at City of Hope. He directed and produced With One Tied Hand, a documentary about the Buffalo Soldiers of WWII, and is directing and producing Black Jack: The Life and Legacy of General John “Black Jack” Pershing. 

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Dayle D. Hartnett, Ph.D., is an Executive Producer and Director of Education and Development for the Pacific Film Foundation. She is experienced in learning/instruction, curricula and program design, program management, workshop leadership, and writing professional articles.  She has secured significant grant funding and leads the foundation outreach effort.  She has directed and produced Texting Moms:  Using Technology Thoughtfully.  She has executive produced With One Tied Hand, a feature documentary about the Buffalo Soldiers of WWII, and is executive producing Black Jack: The Life and Legacy of General John Pershing, a feature documentary.  She is creating trans media and ancillary curricula materials to be used by secondary and college instructors to support classroom instruction using With One Tied Hand and Black Jack in order to engage students in WWI and WWII curricula.

Mark Jonathan Harris has worked with Pacific Film Foundation on the short documentary, A Delicate Balance, shot at the City of Hope, andis Story Consultant on With One Tied Hand. Mark has won three Oscars for best documentary: The Redwoods, The Long Way Home, and Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport.  Three of his new features recently, including Code Black, a documentary about ER physicians at the County Hospital at USC. The film opened at the Los Angeles Film Festival to a sold-out audience, and won the top prize.  Since 1983, Mark has taught filmmaking at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where he is a Distinguished Professor. From 1990-96 he was the Chair of Film and TV Production.

Danielle Whittaker is PFF’s casting director for Black Jack.  A graduate of  Yale, she is a professional actress, voiceover artist, host, and writer with significant improv and comedy background.  Danielle has looped over 20 films including Life of PiIron Man 3 and Hitchcock. She has booked several national commercials, print campaigns, voiceovers, television shows, and feature films, and been nominated for Best Actress at three film festivals.

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Daniel S. McCoy landed his first industry gig with legendary music producer T Bone Burnett (O’ Brother).  He went to work with Peter Guber (Batman and Rain Man) on AMCs “Sunday Morning Shoot Out.”  On the set of An Inconvenient Truth, Daniel was former Vice President Al Gore’s personal sound engineer. Daniel has worked on such successful documentaries as GMO OMG (63rd Berlin International Film Festival).  He has been sound supervisor on numerous day and prime time TV shows.  In 2008, he became one of the youngest members of the C.A.S. Cinema Audio Society.  He has worked closely with PFF on several projects, including Freedom InsideWith One Tied Hand and Black Jack.   His company ToneMesa serves as Pacific Film Foundation’s exclusive production and post house.

Guido Frenzel

Guido Frenzel was born and raised in Munich, Germany. He received a scholarship to attend the AFI Cinematography program in Los Angeles where he has been active in features, commercials, and music videos as well as award-winning shorts and director of photography on numerous successful unscripted reality and scripted shows. He co-produced Life Inside Out, an independent feature film winning five film festival awards (2013-2014). He has won and been nominated for his cinematographer work on The Voice (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). He was cinematographer on TV’s Mariah’s World.  He is director of photography on With One Tied Hand and Black Jack for PFF.  He is Director of Photography on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and concurrently works on NBC’s hit, The Voice.

David Avallone

David Avallone was born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey and attended Bard College.  He writes, directs and edits independent projects, as well as writes comic books. David is known for Tru Loved (2008), Kick of Death (1997) and Name-Dropping with Jason Stuart (2010). He has served as editor on With One Tied Hand and Black Jack for PFF.

David Poe served in the US Army as an Operations Officer and Company Commander in Afghanistan and was a Doctrine Developer at Fort Lee. David has developed operational publications, learning materials, and trans-media for training military personnel.  He is executive producing the documentary Black Jack.  His Masters Degree in history from Norwich University and membership in The Pershing Rifles national organization has informed his on-camera explanations and insight into General John J. Pershing and  World War I in PFF’s Black Jack.

Olga Hamlet

Olga Hamlet joined PFF to work on Freedom Inside. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Olga has a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a TV/Film Producing Certificate from UCLA Extension, and has been working in television and radio broadcasting. Besides working on America’s Got Talent, she has worked on various docu-series and reality shows for major networks including NBC, CBS, FOX, Spike TV, Discovery, PBS, Tru.tv and others.