Erik Spink (director / producer)
Erik Spink is a producer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in New York City. Erik has worked in production and post-production for the past decade predominately in non-fiction storytelling. Erik produced Amitabh Joshi’s documentary feature film, Tashi’s Turbine that premiered in 2015 and was broadcast on PBS’s The WORLD Channel. In 2016 Erik was the recipient of the A&E Indie Films Grant at the Paley Center For Media Documentary Pitch Forum for his forthcoming documentary Hart Island. Erik’s work in documentary films has screened at festivals internationally and received support and recognition from institutions such as The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Ford Foundation, and The Center for Asian American Media. Erik serves on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in the Social Documentary Film MFA program. In 2017, Erik was an Impact Partners Producers fellow. In 2018, Erik was awarded for excellence in documentary film by The Bronx Council On The Arts.
Amitabh Joshi (Producer / Cinematographer)
Amitabh Joshi is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in New York City. As an MFA candidate he was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2012 for his film Wonder Welders. Amitabh was awarded the Princess Grace JustFilms Grant in 2012, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation grant in 2013, and Center for Asian American Media Documentary Fund in 2014. Tashi’s Turbine was his first feature length documentary. Tashi’s Turbine has been screened at festivals world wide, premiered on PBS’s The WORLD Channel, and is available for educational distribution through Documentary Educational Resources (DER). Amitabh has worked as a cinematographer for Art21 and numerous documentaries. In 2016 Amitabh Joshi was accepted into Lincoln Center Film Society’s Artist Academy at the 2016 New York Film Festival where he received mentorship and was recognized for his work in the field thus far. Amitabh served as co-producer and co-cinematographer on the documentary feature A Little Wisdom which had it’s US Premiere at The SxSW film festival in 2018.
Ann Collins (Story Consultant)
Ann is a New York based documentary film editor. This year, she was nominated for an American Cinema Editor’s Eddie award for her work on Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold which premiered at the 2017 New York Film Festival. Prior to that, she co-produced and edited Swim Team, an independent documentary directed by Lara Stolman which has won numerous awards and premiered this fall on PBS’s POV series.
Ann’s career began more than twenty-five years ago when she edited Gini Reticker’s independent documentary, The Heart of the Matter, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Freedom of Expression Award. Her credits include the documentaries Belly Talkers, The Charcoal People, and Sound and Fury, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving theatrical and television distribution. Sound and Fury was nominated for an Academy Award.
For television, she edited Frontline: Merchants of Cool and Porgy & Bess: An American Voice as well as productions for Martha Stewart, MTV, Lifetime, CBS, and PBS.
She has worked extensively as a story consultant and consulting editor on numerous independent documentaries. She has been a judge at the Newport Film Festival and the Woodstock Film Festival and has spoken about editing on panels for Manhattan Edit Workshop and Women Make Movies.
She graduated cum laude from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, receiving a BFA in film and television, and holds an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual Arts..