Olivier Matthon (co-director) Olivier first obtained a grant from the Evergreen State College Foundation to conduct an ethnographic study of wild mushroom pickers in 2012. The resulting story, Under the Radar, was published by Pioneers Press. He has been working as a commercial mushroom picker ever since. Olivier was an undocumented immigrant for three years, working in the reforestation industry at the height of the Border Patrol roadblocks on the Olympic peninsula, in Washington state. His writing and photographs have appeared in the UTNE Reader and in High Country News Magazine. He graduated with a B.A. in Ethnography, Political Ecology, and Nonfiction Writing from the Evergreen State College.
Michael Reis (co-director) Michael works as a broadcast coordinator, technical director, and IT network director at a public access television station where he specializes in documenting the unique nuances of rural life. Additionally, Michael works in public outreach and technical training, assisting amateur filmmakers and teaching them how to best use their equipment. He also works as a commercial fisherman every summer and has been a commercial mushroom picker.
Erin Yanke (consulting producer) Erin is a documentarian who works in the mediums of audio, print, and video. Her work focuses on themes of the untold story, the unheard voice, comparative experience across identities, and the clean and sharp edit. She is the co-director of the award-winning documentary Arresting Power, the Program Director at KBOO Community Radio, and the Board President of Outside the Frame, an organization that changes the way homeless youth see and are seen by teaching them filmmaking.
Patricia Vázquez Gómez (translator) Patricia works and lives between Portland and Mexico City. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working in the immigrant rights and social justice movements both in content and in the methodologies she uses. Patricia’s work can be explored at http://cargocollective.com/patriciavg