Director Maggie Betts is a first-time filmmaker and native New Yorker. Maggie is a longtime advocate for the rights of HIV positive women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent the past five years traveling extensively throughout the continent with various United Nations organizations, including UNICEF and the world food Programme. Her specific interest in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and the increasing potential to one day see an HIV free generation in Africa, is what inspired her to direct her first him, THE CARRIER.
Maggie graduated Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Ben Selkow is a producer of THE CARRIER.
Ben also is the producer, director and cinematographer of BURIED ABOVE GROUND, a documentary about PTSD. Previously, Ben was the producer, director and cinematographer of the award-winning documentary A SUMMER IN THE CAGE that premiered on Sundance Channel in October 2007. He is a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow, was honored as one of 50 Non-Fiction Filmmakers at the Current TV/Fader Films Symposium “A Day of Dialogue and the Future of Non-Fiction Film," featuring keynote speaker former Vice President Nobel Prize honoree, Academy Award winner and Current TV founder Al Gore, and was a participant in the 2003 Sundance Institute’s Producers’ Conference.
Ben graduated from Wesleyan University with Honors from both the Film Studies and African-American Studies Programs, where he also received the W.E.B. DuBois Academic Award for Overall Excellence.
Roland W. Betts is the Executive Producer of the THE CARRIER. He also is the Founder and Chairman of Chelsea Piers, L.P. which developed and operates the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment complex in New York City.
Roland is Founder and President of Silver Screen Management, Inc., which raised more than $1 billion in four limited partnerships from 140,000 investors to finance and produce over 75 films with the Walt Disney Company. Films include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PRETTY WOMAN, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and THREE MEN AND A BABY. Additionally, Roland is the President of International Film Investors, Inc., which produced and financed numerous films including, GANDHI and THE KILLING FIELDS. Roland is responsible for the financing of approximately 100 feature films. Previously, Roland was also an entertainment attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Before that, Roland taught school at I.S. 201 in central Harlem and trained teachers as part of a not-for-profit corporation called The Teachers Incorporated. Mr. Betts remained in public education as a teacher and assistant principal until 1975. Mr. Betts wrote Acting Out: Coping with Big City Schools, a book published by Little Brown in 1978 which explores his experiences in the public school system.
Roland is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.
Flàvia de Souza has worked as an editor in New York City for the last ten years on several documentary films and television programs.
Flavia recently co-edited IN 500 WORDS OR LESS, a film about four high-school seniors as they navigate the college admissions process, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2009. She is one of the co-editors on BURIED ABOVE GROUND, a feature-length documentary about three subjects battling the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Flàvia also edited ADOPTED, a documentary film that examines trans-racial adoption through two stories and WHEN THE SPIRITS DANCE MAMBO, a film about the impact of African religious practices in Cuban culture, which premiered at the Havana International Film Festival in 2003. Flàvia's work for television include, Getting In: Kindergarten (The Learning Channel, 2007) and World Wedding (Discovery, 2003). Previously, she had been an associate editor with Susanne Rostock on STEALING THE FIRE, which follows an unbroken chain of events and personalities connecting Hitler's atomic bomb program, Nazi gold, and today's nuclear weapons black market, and premiered at the 2002 Human Rights Film Festival in New York.
Before becoming an editor, Flàvia worked as photographer in her native Brazil. She holds a bachelors degree in Industrial and Graphic Design from Rio de Janeiro's State University (UERJ) and a MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts.
Kat Westergaard is the cinematographer of THE CARRIER. In addition, Kat has been working on another documentary project entitled BATTERED, about long-term female felons who are survivors of domestic violence and now are caught up in the Missouri prison system. She has worked on projects focused on population growth and infrastructure in the dynamic city of Istanbul, as well as looking at the foster care system in New York City with director Tony Gilroy. In 2008, Kat was asked to work as Barack Obama’s personal filmmaker and spent six months on the campaign trail with the Obama campaign recording President Obama’s route to the White House.
Kat also works as a New York-based cinematographer on feature films and commercials. Her director of photography credits include: DAY ON FIRE starring Olympia Dukakis and Martin Donavan, LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN with Kerry Washington and Laura Flynn Bolye and TRUE ADOLESCENTS with Melissa Leo and Mark Duplass. Additionally, Kat extended her visual expertise to the commercial world, shooting for high-profile clients such as L’Oreal, Maybelline, Liz Claiborne and MTV.
Kat left a career in still photography to begin course work at the prestigious graduate film program at New York University in 2002. During her time at NYU she shot many award-winning short films and was a recipient of the “Néstor Almendros Award for Excellence in Cinematography” multiple times.
Joedan Okun is a Producer of THE CARRIER. Joedan has worked in different capacities on a variety of documentaries, including the Academy-Award nominated feature documentary SOUND & FURY, the Academy-Award nominated documentary short WHY CAN'T WE BE A FAMILY AGAIN?, the 2003 American Experience historical documentary THE PILL, and the 2007 Sundance Channel documentary A SUMMER IN THE CAGE. Joedan is also currently working as the Co-producer on Ben Selkow’s feature length documentary, BURIED ABOVE GROUND. Joedan graduated with Honors from Wesleyan University.