FILMMAKERS BETH NELSEN & ANA GRILLO
ANA GRILLO is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer and photographer, who calls San Francisco home. She started as a freelance photojournalist for The New York Times in Washington, DC, and worked the commercial, magazine and non-profit worlds.
Ana's work focuses on stories of women and others who are under-represented in mainstream media. In 2013, she premiered her first documentary film, “Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers," at Frameline Film Festival to a sold out house. "Meet the Beavers" has screened in almost 40 film festivals around the world, winning a Special Jury Prize in Rio de Janiero. Later in 2013, she collaborated with Aye Aye Film, a Hamburg-based film production company, to create the celebrated documentary, “Acting Out: 25 years of queer film and community in Hamburg," which is on the festival circuit now.
An experienced Run-n-Gun, Ana excels in conducting intimate interviews and creating artistic cinematic footage. Ana is also the founder-director of The Good Karma Project, which empowers individuals to create community and be the change they want to see in the world.
BETH NELSEN is an award winning filmmaker who has worked in film production since 1995 and discovered her love of documentary while undertaking an internship with Lee Grant’s company, Feury Grant Entertainment in New York City in 2001. Eager to see the world & escape the second coming of GWB, Beth left the US on Boxing Day 2004 to travel Thailand, India, and eventually landed in Melbourne, Australia, where she earned her Master of Arts in Film & Television, focusing on Directing Documentary, from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne. The freedom of being a student allowed her to find her own unique voice as well as work on other director's films, where she gained recognition for her handheld documentary shooting style and storytelling skills through editing. Upon graduation in 2007, Beth earned 4 nominations and won Most Promising Director for her thesis project, LOVE REFUGEES, a solo-style, first person film on same-sex bi-national couples which she shot on three continents. Eventually Beth returned to the US, and she currently serves as the Technological Elder for the Suscol Intertribal Council in the Napa Valley.
In true artist form, it wasn't enough for Beth to simply finish the BEAVERS, an undertaking which found her in the same pj's for months on end, whittling away in her bedroom, she simultaneously directed 2 other films for the Native American community, also completed in 2013. Always a fighter for the underdog and lover of personal stories, she is currently in production for Napa Valley Lifestyle, a series which chronicles the lives of individuals in marginalized communities within Wine Country. She is also developing "Pancha's," a personal documentary which chronicles a dive bar rich in Native American bootlegging. For Beth's filmmography, visit her IMDB page here.
AS A TEAM: Ana and Beth met at Frameline Film Festival 2012, where Ana was covering as a photographer, and Beth was representing as Elka Kerkhofs’ U.S. distributor for THE CONFESSION OF FATHER JOHN THOMAS. The two struck up a conversation and knew their creative collaboration would be a match. They joined forces in June 2012 and Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers is their first project together.