Chris Arnold

Co-Director/Producer, Camera, Editor

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Chris worked at Manhattan’s DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center) for eight years as a producer, director, editor, and instructor. In 2002, DCTV asked Chris to create a 3-year intensive TV training program for people with disabilities, the first such program of its kind in the U.S. Chris led this program, ConnecTV, as Program Director from March of 2002 to May of 2005, personally overseeing all aspects of the program, including the production of ten short documentaries and the final ConnecTV pilot. The documentary short subjects produced by ConnecTV during Chris’ tenure have won awards and have been screened in festivals all around the world. Chris is the co-founder of Cultural Animal LLC and is currently producing The Hand of Fatima, a film about music, mysticism, and cross-cultural friendship.

Augusta Palmer

Co-Director/Producer, Camera, Assistant Editor

Trained as a filmmaker, a painter, and a film scholar, Augusta studied film production at Sarah Lawrence College and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Together with Chris Arnold, she wrote, produced, and edited Journeying Home (2003), an educational film about culture shock and re-entry shock which has continued to screen regularly on many college campuses since its 2003 premiere at NAFSA (the primary professional conference for educators involved in international educational exchange programs). Augusta is currently directing The Hand of Fatima, a documentary about music critic Robert Palmer and his favorite band, the Master Musicians of Jajouka.