LIFE IN STRIDES

A short documentary film about a young man with autism taking the next step in his horseback riding career

MEET THE TEAM


 

PATRICK FOUST

PRODUCER, WRITER, and EDITOR

Patrick fell somewhat haphazardly into the world of documentary filmmaking. He once thought he would work for the government, but having interned one semester at the U.S. Senate, he decided he needed a job that didn’t require him to wear a suit. As a wide eyed graduate of Georgetown University, he happened upon a position at a small production company in Maryland. With virtually no experience, Patrick quickly took to editing and soon found himself managing post production for a long-running PBS series. He recently went back to school, pursuing a Masters degree in Communications from George Washington University.

Originally from McLean, Virginia, Patrick continues to live in the area with his black lab, Boone.  He loves Sushi, The Beatles, and roadtripping across the U.S.


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Rory McFadden

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, DP, EDITOR and SOUND

Rory comes to documentary filmmaking from a background in nursing, where her work in intensive care, public health, and research in trauma inspired her to impact change through nonfiction storytelling. She is most interested in filming, editing, and producing character-driven stories that illuminate the truths of our shared human experience. While studying documentary filmmaking at GW she was mentored by the team at Meridian Hill Pictures. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in nursing from Rush University. Rory lives in Chicago with her husband. Learn more at www.rorymcfadden.com


SOULEY OUMAROU

DP, EDITOR and SOUND

Souley Oumarou was born and raised in Niger, West Africa. He moved to New York in 2001 to pursue his education in the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baruch College and worked on Wall Street as a senior associate for a tax reclamation firm and for a  time, as an assistant project manager for software developers. He is also a stand-up comedian who have performed in various New York and Boston venues.  His keen interest in video and story telling pushed him to leave the financial services and attend the documentary filmmaking program at the George Washington University in order to pursue a career in film. Souley is married and a father of two children.


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PAULINE TRAN

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, DP and EDITOR

Trained in public health and social change marketing, Pauline aims to ignite social change through the intersection of strategic communication, research, and the art of storytelling. Pauline came to documentary filmmaking in search for a creative way to connect with people and communities and has fallen in love with the craft. She enjoys sharing human-centered stories and the overall filmmaking process from start to finish.

Pauline holds a MPH in Public Health Communications and Marketing from George Washington University and a BA in Public Health and a minor in Education from University of California, Berkeley. A Californian native, Pauline currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and loves music, travel, photography, and dogs she doesn’t have.


LOGAN WERLINGER

WRITER, DP, and EDITOR

Logan is a photographer and videographer in Washington DC. Originally from Minnesota, Logan left the cold plains for graduate school at The Ohio University and then went on to work in news photography and video in Maine and North Dakota. When he's not working, Logan can be found reading, collecting cameras, developing black and white film photographs, or standing waist deep in a Northeast stream trying his best at fly fishing.


MEHRI YAVARI

DP, EDITOR and SOUND

Mehri Yavari is an Iranian student who began her academic studies in Physics and ended up in Media Management, Journalism, and Documentary Filmmaking. She came to the States in 2013. She is currently a graduate candidate in the Media and Strategic Communication program at George Washington University. She is also a Production Assistant in Media and Instructional Design at George Washington University. “Filmmaking is a way of therapy for me,” she says, “ it is a refuge! I chose to make films to represent my thoughts and tell my stories in a long-lasting, artistic way.”


ROBYN ZIPERSTEIN

DP, EDITOR and SOUND

Robyn Ziperstein is a second-year graduate student in the School of Media and Public Affairs studying strategic communications. She works as a graduate assistant to the director of the program, Frank Sesno, as well as a liaison for Planet Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental storytelling. She has a BA in Sociology with a minor in English and Master’s degree in Public Administration. She joined the Documentary Film Institute to learn skills in film making, editing, and storytelling.