Sarah Whelden


As a trans woman, Sarah has a special place in her heart for those who hide in the shadows, as well as a passion for creating work that brings out the true diversity of the human experience. Born and raised on the small Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, she studied Music and Film at Hampshire College. After graduation, in search of adventure, she moved out west to Portland, Oregon, where she works as a Director of Photography shooting narrative, documentary, and commercial content for: Nike, Adidas, Laika, Wacom, GoreTex, Gerber Gear, Keen and more. Portfolio at

Anna Tivel


Somewhere deep in the middle of a good story, a simple and powerful thing happens. You begin to feel seen. The characters have been slowly undressed, layer upon layer of hope and human flaw, their struggles revealed. They remind you of your family, of a briefly encountered stranger, of yourself. Anna Tivel reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. Her latest album, "The Question," was released this year on Fluff & Gravy Records, and NPR Music called it "One of the most ambitious folk records of 2019." 

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Robin Vada


Robin has an insatiable drive to contribute to the overall stock of kindness in the world. She co-founded Adventuress Films on the belief that inclusivity matters both on screen and on crew. Robin delights in working with actors to create truthful, tender performances, and works as a director and producer on feature films, music videos, and commercial content for clients such as: Adidas, Nike, Amazon, Intel, Xerox, and Kodak. Portfolio at

Carlie Guevara


Carlie Guevara stars alongside Michael Madsen and Ed Asner in the feature film The Garden Left Behind, which made its world premiere at SXSW 2019. Directed by Flavio Alves, the film traces the relationship between Tina, a young trans woman, and Eliana, her grandmother, as they navigate Tina's transition and struggle to build a life for themselves as undocumented immigrants in New York City.


  • 75% female or non-binary crew

  • Trans director

  • Trans Talent

Directed by  Sarah Whelden & Robin Vada
Starring  Carlie Guevara
Executive Producers  John Shepski & Chad Lanning

Choreographer  Megan Dawn
Producer  Robin Vada
Director of Photography  Sarah Whelden

Production Designer  Sarah Baker

Costume Designer Kelly Wilcox
Assistant Director  Kelly McCrillis
Gaffer  Kevin Dyer
Grips Liz Haan & Kevin Michaluk
First Assistant Camera  Malo Chelsea Smith

Second Assistant Camera  Veronica Rose
Aerial Cinematography  Kalina Torino & Steve Crocker

Still Photographer  Luis Arellanes
Makeup Artist  Kelly Wilcox
Art Assistant  Lux Jacques
Production Assistant  Johanna Bradford

Editing & Color  Sarah Whelden

Compositing  Kalina Torino
Social Media Manager  Megan Carver

Craft Services  Mundo Catering

Special Thanks
DNA PDX, Emma Allen, Sproutbox Media, Letus Corporation, Signal Station Pizza, Gearhead Production Rentals, Piedmont Presbyterian Church