Tracy Rector, Producer/Co-Director

Tracy Rector is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Longhouse Media. As the co-producer of Teachings of the Tree People, a feature documentary, Tracy learned how to bring oral tradition into a contemporary media based storytelling format. Her next documentary film, March Point, is a unique story, which highlights the process of collaborative filmmaking with three young men from the Swinomish Indian Tribe. Both of these have been Nationally broadcast on PBS, National Geographic, Independent Lens and have traveled widely on the national and international film circuit (including Cannes) garnering many awards and recognition.

As an educator Tracy has also co-developed a highly acclaimed filmmaking program, working with over 2200 youth and emerging talent in 8 years, this program has generated 350 short films from tribal communities across Washington State. In addition, Tracy is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award, Red Cross Real Heroes Recognition, the National Media Literacy Award and is a current Sundance Native Lab Fellow for Clearwater.


Lou Karsen, Producer/Co-Director

Lou Karsen is a documentary filmmaker and a Mentor/Program Coordinator with Longhouse Media. Over the past four years Lou has produced shorts, commercials and documentaries. In 2008 Lou produced his first feature length documentary, Renaissance Village, the site of the largest post-Katrina FEMA trailer park. With a small crew, Lou spent 18 months in Baker, Louisiana recording the stories of the 3000+ storm evacuees. RV played at more than a dozen festivals, winning awards and stimulating great debate. In 2011, Lou shot and directed STILL a short film category winner at HOT DOCS. Lou recently co-directed Visionary Insight, an official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival.


Julie Trimingham, Producer

Julie’s films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Toronto International Film Festival, & festivals worldwide. Herwebsite, www. coaltrainfacts.com , andthe associated poster campaign have been instrumental in the fight against proposed coal ports in the Salish Sea region.


Daniel Mimura, Cinematographer/Steadicam

Daniel Mimura is a cinematographer, camera operator, and Steadicam operator based in Seattle. He attended the University of Texas at Austin in their prestigious filmmaking program. Daniel has shot for many local productions including features, Fly Films for SIFF, short films, music videos, dance films and commercial work for Pacific Northwest clients such as Microsoft, Adobe, Velocity Dance and Team Juicebox.

Laura James, Underwater Cinematographer

For more than 20 years Laura has been actively promoting the beauty and importance of the Puget Sound while working with local educational programs, and helping organize dozens of outreach programs. As a Seattle resident she has become a tireless advocate for the health of Puget Sound. Laura brings unique insight to the problems facing our waterways. As a diver she knows firsthand the consequences of human carelessness. As a videographer and editor she maintains the tools needed to support public awareness.

BC Campbell, Composer

Score, Associate Producer

Jacob Bearchum, Audio/Assistant Editor

Rose Stiffarm, Assistant Camera

Melissa Woodrow, Location Manager/Production Assistant

Melissa Woodrow (Wuksachi Band of Western Mono) is a current graduate student at the University of Washington in the Native Voices Indigenous Documentary Program and has worked with the Clearwater team for the past three years. Born and raised in Central California, she trained as a stage manager, photographer, and media marketing specialist with The Western Stage in Salinas. Melissa holds a BA from California State University, Monterey Bay in Cinematic Arts and Technology.

Lydia Sigo, Associate Producer

Paul Williams, Associate Producer

Eric Frith, Editor

This will mark our second adventure of working with Eric Frith on a feature documentary. Our first experience with him was with our award winning Independent Lens featured film March Point. Eric Frith is an editor, producer, and director in the Seattle independent film industry, creating projects that have screened at top film festivals, received numerous awards and been acquired for distribution nationally and internationally (Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Off the Fence). Eric has also created corporate marketing and media (Microsoft, Starbucks, WaMu, AT&T, among others). His feature projects include The Heart of the Game, 49?, The Business of Fancydancing, March Point, A Lot Like You and most recently Megan Griffith’s Eden.much more.

Sofia lson, Book-keeper

Sofia Olson has been a bookkeeper for small non-profits and businesses since 2004. Since then she has built up a client base of non-profits and businesses which share her passion for social and racial justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship. These include Red Eagle Soaring, Chief Seattle Club, Benson East Support Organization, Tibetan Nuns Project, Washington Water Trails Association, G&O Cyclery, Got Green, as well as supporting the production of the film, Clearwater.

Victor Pascual, Graphic Design

Victor Pascual, an art director, illustrator, graphic designer and overall creative, is the founder and principal of DGTL/NVJO, a Seattle based Indigenous-owned full service design studio. His work experience includes work for The National Indian Gaming Association, Social Justice Fund Northwest, University of Arizona, Seminole Indian Tribe, Longhouse Media, Native American Rights Fund, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Microsoft, Starbucks and much more.

Paul Collins, Web Designer