Mostly, we’re interested in people. The Vermilion creative team is lead by Emmy and Peabody-award winning, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky. As an independent filmmaker, Irene is able to follow her heart to carefully create character-driven projects that offer new perspectives on who we are and how we think.
IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY:
Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. Her first feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and went on to win numerous Jury and Audience awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America.
Her next film, The Final Inch, a short film about the global effort to eradicate polio, was nominated for an Academy award, multiple Emmys, and won the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Irene followed the life of a single bird found coated in oil, and with HBO made Saving Pelican 895 which won an Emmy for its affecting music. In 2014, she directed One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, which won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Children’s Programming.
Irene’s most recent feature film, Beware the Slenderman, is a haunting exploration of an Internet Bogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who attempted to kill for him. Beware the Slenderman will air on HBO in 2016, as will Open Your Eyes, her 2015 short film following one Nepali family’s struggle to regain their sight.
Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer. While living in Nepal, she published her first book “Buddhas in Disguise” and made her first film, Isharra, in 1993. She later returned to New York to produce and shoot award-winning television documentaries. Irene has also worked as a journalist with CBS News Sunday Morning, and for 10 years worked as a Himalayan mountain guide. She is graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She founded Vermilion Films in 2006.
Tahria Sheather is an Australian commercial and documentary producer dedicated to telling compelling stories about our human connection with the natural world. While Tahria primarily acts as the master logistician through each stage of production, she is equally adept behind the camera and in the editing suite. Tahria has field produced broadcast series and news stories for National Geographic Studios and PBS that explore science, conservation and human interest subject matter.
Over five years, Tahria collaborated closely with Seedlight Pictures, during which time she produced, shot and edited several independent documentary films that received accolades at film festivals internationally. She continues to produce independent and branded documentary content for clients including National Geographic Society, Travel Oregon, Neighborhood Centers Inc., Maine Farmland Trust, Nike and The Nature Conservancy and has collaborated with Maser Films and MediaStorm, amongst others. Most recently, she has produced 360 virtual reality experiences for New York Times and The Program that explore a new dimension of non-fiction storytelling. Driven equally by head and heart, Tahria has a knack for drawing undiscovered insights and infusing compassion into each story she tells. Learn more about her work at tahria.com.
Sophie Harris is an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer with more than 10 years of experience. As a Producer, she works closely with directors and editors to manage projects, research film issues, and provide editorial guidance and post-production supervision.Sophie is also deeply involved in field productions as a sound recordist, cinematographer and liaison with subjects.
Sophie was nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award for her research on the legacy of polio for Vermilion’s Oscar-nominated short film The Final Inch. She helped to produce and edit How to Die in Oregon, about Oregon’s Aid in Dying Law, which won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and got Emmy nomination for Documentary of the Year. On American Winter, HBO’s highly publicized film about families in economic crisis, Sophie was Field Producer, researching and maintaining relationships with all the subjects, who were later invited to testify before the U.S. Congress.
In addition to her 8 years working with Vermilion, Sophie has been a Producer with Participant Media, Part 2 Pictures, Representational Pictures, Visual Aid and the advertising company Wieden & Kennedy. She has produced films on five continents and all over the United States. She has also worked with CNN, the PBS documentary showcase P.O.V., the Smithsonian, the software company Autodesk, and as a local journalist in Portland, Oregon.
She is a graduate of New York University and Brown University.
VERMILION CREATIVE PARTNERS
Director of Photography, Saving Pelican 895, HBO project (currently in production TBA)
Peter Richardson is a Director and DP who worked closely with Vermilion photographing both Saving Pelican 895 and One Last Hug. His thoughtful and compelling documentary work has gained widespread recognition, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and an Emmy nomination for his documentary, How to Die in Oregon. More recently, Peter has been directing non-fiction specials with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Participant Media. When not busy traveling the world directing his own films, Peter brings his expert vision and sensibilities to the Vermilion team.
Composer, Hear and Now, Saving Pelican 895, Four Walls Around Me
Joel has scored films that have received 4 Oscar Nominations, 10 Emmy Awards, over 20 Emmy Nominations as well as appearing at every major film festival in the world. He recently won a 2012 Emmy for Sound and Music for Saving Pelican 895, along with Vermilion’s sound collaborator Lance Limbocker. Listen to Joel’s scores at www.joelgoodman.com
Producer, The Final Inch
Based out of New York City, Tom was recently nominated for both an Academy Award® and an Emmy for his work as Producer on The Final Inch. Tom’s assignments have taken him all over the world, focusing on the spread of AIDS in Nepal, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and unrest in Tibet. Tom’s productions and videography have aired on HBO, CBS, MSNBC, The Travel Channel, Animal Planet, A&E, HDNet, and at film festivals worldwide. In addition to his documentary work, Tom has worked as an Assistant Director and Line Producer on several independent features and develops documentary film ideas for sale and distribution. Most recently, Tom served as Supervising producer on the highly rated series Sons of Guns for the Discovery Channel and Surfing 28 States: India for Outside TV. He is a film graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Cinematographer and Associate Producer, Four Walls Around Me, Hear and Now
When not storyboarding with gem prospectors in Greenland, or dodging falling trees filming for The History Channel’s Ax-men, Crofton lends her dynamic personality and filmmaking skills to the Vermilion team. When not behind the camera, Crofton also works as a location scout, producer and events coordinator. Before arriving at her passion for all things film, Crofton was a Lead Instructor for Outward Bound.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Emily has worked in editorial departments on a wide range of non-fiction programming for broadcast and theatrical releases over the past decade. Whether editing or wrangling tape decks, she does it in the hope that it will help tell a relevant story, which is why she’s so happy to be at Vermilion. She is a History and Film graduate from Stockholm University and New York University.
Charlie graduated from the University of Oregon in the Spring of 2014 with a degree in Cinema Studies. Throughout his college career, Charlie worked for the U of O Football team filming their practices and games. During that time the team won games at the Alamo bowl, Fiesta bowl, and Rose bowl. Charlie was awarded a ring for each of these wins. Charlie’s interest in film also grew off the field. He won the audience choice award at the “Openlens Film Festival” for his 16mm student short film “Crossed and Forgotten” which he co-produced and directed. He is very excited to be a part of the Vermilion Films team.
Film graphics and animation
Brian created the animation for Vermilion’s signature hummingbird logo. Learn more about his work at www.kinkley.com
Graphic design and Web design
Snow founded [theMAKERS], a multimedia design and consulting company with husband and creative partner, Robert Reinhardt in Los Angeles in 1999. Since then, they have worked with a wide variety of creative clients while moving their studio slowly but surely north: first to Portland, OR, then Bainbridge Island, WA, and finally, all the way to Salt Spring Island, BC. Snow and Robert graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto. The print materials, web sites, and film titles they’ve done in collaboration with Vermilion are some of their very favorite projects.