About The Restoring Balance Team
Meet The People behind the Restoring Balance Documentary
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Ryan has worked in the behavioral health field with autism spectrum clients for over 11 years, aged from 2 to 30, as a neurocognitive and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. One of the families he worked with began dietary interventions and their child experienced expansions in vocabulary, eye contact and overall social interaction. After years working with children on the autism spectrum, it was easy to see that dietary and biomedical therapies made a large beneficial impact, and Ryan was motivated to make this film after seeing the results firsthand.
Ryan has taught courses in acting, writing, and film editing for children at Actors for Autism. While in Los Angeles, Ryan became a health and nutrition coach, working with teens on the autism spectrum to make nutritional goals achievable.
Photo Left: Film crew Mike Magil and Lupe Valdez, with director Ryan Hetrick in Austin, TX.
Dr. Alisa Wolf, Executive Producer
As a parent of a child on the autistic spectrum Dr. Alisa Wolf faced the same challenges many parents face. She started developing programs for local non-profit organizations PAUSE4KIDS and L.A. Unified School District's Arts Community Partnership to fully integrate children with autism in their communities. This led Dr. Wolf to start the non-profit organization, Actors for Autism. Actors for Autism (AfA) is dedicated to providing acting, film, television and theatre programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Alisa Wolf is a Television and Media Consultant, author, educator, and Producer. Dr. Wolf consults with studio executives and film-makers to educate them about developing programming for film and television. In addition, she coaches actors diagnosed with autism on set.
In her most recent film, Kids With Cameras, Alisa highlights children with autism while they make animated films! While filming, she collaborated with veteran film producer, Alex Rotaru.
As an arts educator Dr. Wolf has developed curricula and implemented programs in acting, film-making, animation, and video game design. She created a social skills program for individuals with disabilities, which incorporates the arts.
Danny Gamez Post Production Supervisor
Danny Gamez has an MFA from UCLA's Graduate School of Film, Television, and Digital Media. He received is Bachelors Degree with Honors from the Tisch School of Arts in New York. He has extensive experience in the film and television industry both in the U.S. and abroad with the BBC in London.
His film credits include; Pleasantville, Seabicuit, Austin Powers and Magnolia for production companies such as Double AA Films, Falcon Lair Fims, Larger Than Life Productions, and New Line Cinema. His television credits include shows on HBO (How To Make it in America, Sex and the City), SHOWTIME (United States of Tara), ABC (Brothers and Sisters), Warner Brothers (The War at Home), NBC (Dateline)
Genevieve Pickard, Cinematography/ Editor/ Social Media Marketing
Genevieve is a photographer, video editor, cinematographer and marketing coordinator in Los Angeles who started her career with CBS Channel 6 Orlando. She graduated from Full Sail University"s film and television program. Genevieve coordinates Restoring Balance's social media and contributes to the film's exposure. Genevieve assisted with 25 of the 35 shoots.
Jayme Jennings, Cinematography
Jayme Jennings is a Filmmaker and Artist from Pittsburgh PA, cofounder of Artist Collective/ Media House Birdhome Productions, LLC. He has worked as a Director, Cinematographer, and Art Director in the Pittsburgh Micro- Budget Film Community. Jayme has taken part in producing, directing, filming and editing documentaries in Pittsburgh. Jayme is a graduate of Point Park University's film program. Jayme was behind the camera for 6 of the 35 shoots and guided Restoring Balance on visual style.
T.C. Jones, Story Editor
T.C. Jones is a writer who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the fiction editor at LimeHawk Literary Arts Collective, a NYC based magazine. His fiction work has appeared in the Monarch Review, WhiskeyPaper, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, and others. T. C. is also creator of Jam2Jam, an organization that produces literary, film and musical performance venues for local artists. Jam2Jam collaborates with local organizations to offer community exposure to artist networks.
Charlie Dominick, Assistant Production Manager & Assistant Video Editor
Charlie Dominick is a filmmaker currently developing his first feature length film. He wrote, directed and edited his first short film, Explode, which was screened for audiences in the Pittsburgh and Buffalo region in 2011. Charlie is a Graduate of Point Park University with a bachelor's degree in Filmmaking.
Jeremy Yellon, Production/Fundraising Coordinator
Jeremy started his career as Community Inclusionist, helping people diagnosed with mental issues to improve their social and functional skills. He also worked as Therapeutic Staff Support, assisting parents of children who were non-verbal in motivating and disciplining them in a positive manner. While working in the mental healing field, he worked with people diagnosed with autism and learned how many have dietary and digestive issues.
Jeremy organizes community events with various authors and self-help/empowerment educators on topics such as healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication.
Student Editors and Animators
Patrick, Assistant Editor
Patrick has attended Actors for Autism for 6 years and during that time has gone through the film program and several internship programs. Patrick currently edits a TV show (Furrever Friends) for the Humane Society for GTV6 in Glendale CA. Patrick completes other freelance projects at AFA under the Microenterprise program.
Matt: Assistant Animator
Matt attended Glendale Community College receiving a certificate for digital animation. Matt has attended the Animation program at AFA for 2 years. Matt has showcased 2 short animation projects at AFA's Film Festival these projects were written, animated and edited solely by Matt.
Mark: Assistant Animator and Visual Effects
Mark completed a 2 year program at AFA for Animation and is currently going into his second year in the Visual Effects program. Before AFA Mark received a certificate from Rio Hondo College as an art major.
Autism is a diagnosis, and a starting point. Join the families, practitioners, and children of Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery in telling the story of their journey to autism recovery. Make a donation to support the editing process of this film, and help employ a student editing and animation team!
Restoring Balance is excited to announce 4 time Emmy award winning animator Charlie Canfield becoming our Animation Director!
3 Animation students from Actors for Autism will have the opportunity to work under Charlie for Restoring Balance's animation sequences!
Donate today to complete our animation while elevating the students and the documentary to new horizons!