Our Collaborative Community

TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER

Mission

We are a filmmaking + arts collective that builds solidarity, unites communities, and inspires courageous action toward positive social transformation. 

Vision

We believe in a media landscape that is inclusive, just, and ethical, centering community wisdom and intention to create films and other artforms that educate, entertain, and inspire. 

Values
Co-Creation

We honor the deep wisdom and unparalleled expertise of the communities we work with, and we develop transparent and authentic approaches to collaboration that center the vision and goals of our partners and program participants.

Depth

We invest time, research, and thoughtful attention to the multiple perspectives, truths, lived experiences, rich histories, and shared humanity that we know exists in every story. 

Quality

In addition to producing stories with poetic imagery, robust sound, and rich, multilayered story angles, we give thoughtful attention to ensuring the highest possible impact at every stage of our project lifecycles.

Collective Learning

We humbly embrace our individual and collective knowledge, awareness, skills, and abilities, and proactively seek ways to continue learning and growing alongside one another as colleagues, peers, and community members who care about contributing to a better world.  

Community

We create welcoming and inclusive spaces and warmly embrace diverse ways of creating, thinking, questioning, and existing in the world—not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because we know our work is better because of it.

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Our commitment to racial justice: Black Lives Matter. We are committed to continuously improving all aspects of our work to ensure we stay on the path toward being a just, equitable, anti-racist, and thriving multicultural community that values the many contributions of BIack, Indigenous, and People of Color. 

 

Offerings

DOCUMENTARY FILMS + TOOLKITS

Our short documentary films immerse viewers in urgent issues of our time, offering a meaningful connection with community leaders on the frontlines of social change. 

 

Each project is accompanied by action toolkits tailored to the target audiences of each film and developed with the expertise of those most impacted. The sets include educational curriculums, group discussion guides, community resources, suggested reading lists, and civic action items, which are offered to film audiences inspired by Needle + Frame project participant stories. 

CREATIVE STORY CONSULTING

We collaborate with nonprofit organizations and socially conscious businesses to build their communities and amplify their work through creative storytelling processes. We work with our clients to ensure fair and accessible rates. Our tailored consulting to the unique needs, strengths, resources, and talents of our clients, weaves in participatory filmmaking methods and community-driven approaches. 

 

Our consulting offerings provide a meaningful and empowering experience for our clients that ultimately leaves them with an inspiring story they can share with their communities for fundraising, advocacy, and/or educational purposes. 

ARTS + ACTION COMMUNITY

Coming Soon: Needle + Frame’s Arts & Action Community convenes filmmakers, writers, performers, artists, musicians, educators, activists, community leaders, and anyone else using creative tools as a means for inspiring social change.

Learn more + join early

 
 
 
 
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Team

FOUNDING STAFF + BOARD

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Emma Whitehead
Co-Founder + Senior Producer

Emma Whitehead has worked in more than 20 countries documenting politics, language, identity, religion and more. She is a writer, humorist, producer, and activist, having worked on music videos, documentaries, and television shows. Emma's background also includes Spanish-language legal interpreting, higher education administration, global leadership development consulting, and social justice advocacy and training.

 

She is a graduate of Emerge Colorado, an organization that trains progressive women to run for public office. Emma holds a BA in Political Science from Colorado College, and a MS in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. She believes deeply in a collaborative and participatory approach to sharing stories and inspiring action through film.

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Gayle Nosal
Co-Founder + Board Chair/
Creative Director

Gayle believes in collaboration with people and communities featured in her films, and letting stories unfold organically. Her visual style is intimate and textural, incorporating drawings, animation, and other creative art forms. Her passion is making documentaries that illuminate the complex lives of underrepresented people and issues in our world today.

 

Before entering filmmaking in 2012, Gayle worked in advertising, sales, writing, and teaching. Gayle’s work in advertising in New York City spanned ten years and she understands the art of branding, publicity, and new product development. She later spent twelve years working and capacity-building within local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Gayle has taught at the secondary and university levels and is based in Denver, CO and holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Creative Writing.

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Sloane Kohnstamm
Founding Board Member

Sloane is a human rights and social justice advocate with a background in nonprofit management and grassroots fundraising. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Philanthropic Leadership from the University of Denver. She has also studied at the University of Hyderabad and Stanford University. Sloane served for multiple years as the Executive Director at Kapadia Education Foundation. 

 

Sloane has worked in education, combatting human trafficking, and homelessness in Cambodia, Haiti, India, Peru, and the United States. She brings her expertise in nonprofit management and fundraising to Needle & Frame. In her free time, Sloane enjoys reading books, traveling the world, and thinking about how restorative justice can reshape the way we live in society. 
 

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Rachel Stevens
Co-Founder + Senior Producer

Rachel discovered a love for media and storytelling while seeking new ideas for educational programming in her previous roles in public health and social work. She loves how filmmaking and other creative work brings people together and creates space to better understand and engage with complex issues. 

 

Rachel graduated from The University of Colorado with a BA in Spanish and Linguistics, and The New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs with an MA in Media and Culture. She grew up in Colorado and has lived in Zambia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Spain.

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Andrea González Maroto
Founding Board Member

Andrea is drawn to the significant role that art and media play in open spaces for advocacy and reflection. Her work has focused on exalting narratives, translating research into art installations, and collaborating in projects concerning visual representation, education, and social justice.

 

Andrea has a background in architecture. Her interests in theory and photography led her to pursue a BA in Critical and Visual Studies at Pratt Institute. She also graduated from The New School with an MA in International Affairs,  concentrating in Media and Culture.

 

She was born and raised in Costa Rica and has lived in Italy, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and most recently Barcelona, where she works together with her partner at their architecture studio FITA. She also enjoys journal writing.

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Future Board Member
Several Openings

If you're interested and/or have expertise in any of the following:

  • Nonprofit management

  • Social justice

  • Anti-racism

  • Documentary filmmaking

  • Graphic design 

  • Fundraising 

  • Strategic planning 

...and you're also seeking a meaningful opportunity to join a community of dedicated and talented individuals managing a start-up, nonprofit, please reach out to us and say hello! 

We will soon be recruiting new members for our Board of Directors. If you're an interested candidate, or would like to recommend a colleague or peer, please send us an email, and we will share next steps! 

 

 

Join Us

We are co-creators and collaborators at heart. If you have a story to share, are seeking support with multimedia consulting, or would like to discuss collaborating in some other capacity, please reach out at info [at] needleandframe.org.

 

We are currently searching for a Media and Outreach Intern. Please click on the title below to learn more and apply: