Irene taylor Brodsky
Director, Producer, Co-Editor
Irene Taylor Brodsky is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose films journey deep into the human senses. Moonlight Sonata follows her 2007 Peabody-winning memoir about her deaf parents, Hear and Now, and her 2018 New York Times Op-Doc on the impact of hearing technology, Between Sound and Silence.
Her Emmy-nominated HBO feature Beware the Slenderman received two 2018 Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director and Best Documentary. Her films explore blindness in Open Your Eyes, the global effort to eradicate polio in her Oscar-nominated The Final Inch, childhood grief in her Emmy-winning One Last Hug, a portrait of a single bird in her Emmy-winning Saving Pelican 895, and one family’s testament to love and music, Homeless: The Soundtrack.
Moonlight Sonata is Irene’s eighth film collaboration with HBO. She has also worked as a news journalist, a Himalayan mountain guide, is a Sundance Institute Fellow, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She founded Vermilion Films in 2004 and most recently launched The Treehouse Project, a nonprofit focused on accessibility to independent film.
Irene is based in Portland, Oregon.
Producer, Field Sound, Assistant Editor
Tahria Sheather is an Australian documentary filmmaker whose work explores our human connection with the natural world. Most recently she produced the documentary feature film Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO later in 2019.
Also with Vermilion Films, she produced the short documentary Homeless: The Soundtrack, which received a special jury mention at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, a New York Times Op-Doc about the impact of technology on deafness, and a series of 17 short films on sex trafficking.
Tahria has directed, produced, shot and edited short films, 360 video experiences, broadcast series and commercials for brands, nonprofits and media outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, Columbia Sportswear, Destination Canada, Columbia Sportswear, NoVo Foundation and Neighborhood Centers Inc. She is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a member of the Documentary Producers Alliance.
Brian Kinkley is a filmmaker and commercial animator based in Portland, Oregon. His animations are balanced with digital and practical techniques that project an imperfect handmade aesthetic. His credits range from Visual Effects on Oscar-winning feature films, to quirky short handmade animations for Instagram.