Creative Team

Anne de Mare (Director) is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been supported by MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Institute, ITVS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, POV/American Documentary Inc., The Fledgling Fund, BRITDOCS/Bertha Foundation, ArtsEngine and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (among others).  Anne’s most recent feature The Homestretch (Independent Lens, 2015) was a co-production with Chicago’s legendary Kartemquin Films and received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting - Long Form.  Anne is a fierce believer in the power of story to affect change and worked on that film’s extensive impact campaign for over two years, personally speaking at 58 events in 23 cities and engaging everyone from senior Federal policy officials to local housing authorities to at-risk youth and high school audiences.  Anne’s first feature, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, explored the relationship between asparagus farmers in rural western Michigan and the changing global economy.  That film was winner of the W.K. Kellogg Good Food Film Award as well as Audience Choice and Best Documentary awards at film festivals across the country.  She worked closely with historian Michael Nash and NYU Bobst Libraries to create an extensive filmed archive of personal histories of women who had worked in munitions factories during WWII, accessible online as The Real Rosie The Riveter Project.  Anne was Co-Producer on the upcoming PBS documentary Deej, which will air on America ReFramed in the fall of 2017.  Together with her long-time film partner Kirsten Kelly, Anne is currently in development for a feature documentary exploring the cycle of male violence against women, and, together with producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Anne and Kirsten are in production for The Girl With the Rivet Gun, a dynamic animated documentary project based on personal histories of real-life Rosie the Riveters. 

Capturing The Flag is the brainchild of Elizabeth Hemmerdinger (Producer), who learned about Laverne Berry’s volunteer voter protection efforts while working in partnership with her on the upcoming documentary Perfectly Normal For Me (a recipient of Latino Public Television’s 2016 Public Media Content Fund).  Elizabeth is the Producer of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was named one of the five essential documentaries of 2013 by Tribeca Institute.  She is also Associate Producer on The Homestretch (Emmy Award, Independent Lens, 2015) and the Executive Producer of The Real Rosie the Riveter Project (NYU Bobst Libraries).  Elizabeth is a Board member of PEN America and The Hunter College Foundation.  Elizabeth is also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter; she wrote and produced the short narrative film, Good Sister, starring Jessica Hecht and Grant Shaud, which premiered in 2013 at the Boston International Film Festival and has screened in festivals across the country.  Her current projects in film include Perfectly Normal For Me and The Girl With The Rivet Gun (both as Producer); and in musical theater: We Can Do It! (Librettist). Her published plays include SquallRoad Rage and Pissed Sister (Playscripts, Inc.).  

Although slightly unusual, one of the film’s central subjects is also central to the producing team.  Laverne Berry (Producer) is an entertainment and media business affairs attorney representing independent film and television producers, directors, production companies, distribution companies, authors and media companies.  Drawing on eighteen years as a television producer and distribution executive before becoming a lawyer, Laverne understands both the business and legal sides of the media marketplace.  She acted as Executive Producer for Perfectly Normal For Me (produced by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger) and The Silent Truth. She was the co-executive producer for Emmy-nominated Chely Wright: Wish Me Away, and The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.  Laverne also has been involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution for 20 years. She is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dispute Panel, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial Arbitration Panel and Mediation Panel.  Laverne has been named a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer for five years, including for 2016, by Thompson Reuters; and was included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers supplement to The New York Times newspaper, The Top Women Attorneys in New York, 2014- 2016.

We have assembled a strong creative team that includes Aljernon Tunsil (editor) whose awards in the category of Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming for the PBS film Freedom Riders include the 2010-2011 Primetime Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the American Cinema Editors 2010-2011 Eddie Award. Aljernon has been editing films on a range of topics from civil rights, Native Americans and political issues for more than a decade.  Recent credits include the critically acclaimed Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (PBS Independent Lens, 2016) and Freedom Summer (Sundance, 2014).  His other films include the Emmy Award winning Jesse Owens and The Abolishonists, a 3-hour documentary film about a brave multiracial abolitionist movement that banded together to end slavery in the United States.

Satoko Sugiyama (editor) is a New York City based editor and media artist. Satoko has worked as an editor on hundreds of projects in both documentary film and television. Her work has screened globally and been broadcast on Showtime, PBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Discovery, TLC, The History Channel, National Geographic, MTV, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, and ESPN.  Satoko, a native of Japan, has traveled around the world and lived in six different cities on three continents.  She received her B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego and an M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts from CUNY Hunter College.  

Nelson Walker III (cinematographer) began his filmmaking career while a student at Brown University, working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel and PBS’s NOVA with the Rhode Island-based company Providence Pictures. He later moved to New York to pursue and MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University. While at Columbia, Nelson began working with cinema vérité pioneer Albert Maysles as a camera assistant and second camera. Along with his wife, Lynn True, Nelson has directed award-winning films, including iThemba|Hope (2005), Lumo (2007), and Summer Pasture (2012), which won the prestigious Peabody Award. His most recent film, In Transit (2014), was made in collaboration with Albert Maysles. Nelson’s cinematography has appeared in many highly lauded films, including The GatesWatchers of the SkyKing GeorgesDior and I, and Iris. Nelson is currently the acting board chair of the Maysles Documentary Center, where he also curates and directs the annual film series, Congo in Harlem.