Soumyaa Behrens: Institute Director & Adjunct Faculty
Behrens is an award-winning director and producer whose projects have screened at festivals nationwide. Her work engages issues that influence the human condition and the political landscapes that shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities. She is post-production on a documentary film that chronicles the forced demise of a community-recycling center in San Francisco due to gentrification efforts. Behrens produces a range of projects at the DocFilm Institute including the Veteran Documentary Corps as well as a number of feature films. She recently appeared on CNN Dialogues in conversation about film and social justice. She has also presented work at the Tides | Thoreau Center series, Righting Wrongs: Celebrating Human Rights in Action.
Barbarino is an independent filmmaker with experience in documentary and fiction filmmaking. He is interested in exploring the relationship that exists between the filmmaker and the documentary subject. Further, his films look to explore ideas and intersections of the contemporary American experience. Robert supports several DocFilm initiatives and productions, and serves as the Production Manager for the Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC). Robert earned his M.F.A in filmmaking from San Francisco State University and his B.A. in Film Studies from California State University, Sacramento.