The Team

The Students:

Over 80 students from 5 high schools participated in filmmaking and storytelling workshops during their Junior year to help shape Our Time is Now (Deming High School, Piedra Vista High School, Portales High School, Laguna Acoma High School and Cuba High School)

The Production Team:

Erin Hudson (Director, Cinematographer, Co-Founder of Turn the Lens and Project Core Artist): Erin is a documentary filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Passionate about sharing stories with depth, dignity and respect, she founded the production studio, Rotation Films (  She works as an independent director, producer, editor and cinematographer. Hudson’s documentaries have screened at festivals world-wide and have garnered such awards as a Student Academy Award, an International Documentary Association David L. Wolper Award, and a New Visions, New Mexico Award.  Erin is also committed to film and video education.  She’s taught college level courses for over five years and most recently co-founded Turn the Lens Community Filmmaking Program with the non-profit, Littleglobe. Erin completed her MA in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.

Chris Jonas (Producer, Composer, Turn the Lens Program Director and Project Core Artist, Littleglobe Co-Founder) has built media and community engagement programs with partners in domestic and international settings including rural communities around New Mexico, projects with the EU Capital of Culture, the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology, New Mexico Film Office, as an instructor in new media/storytelling at the Institute of American Indian Arts.  Jonas has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the New Visions New Mexico award and the 2009 United States Artists Fellowship.

Tom Shepard (Editor): Tom Shepard produced and directed Scout’s Honor, a PBS-funded documentary that won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as well as Grand Prize at the 2001 USA Film Festival and Best Social Issue Documentary by the Council on Family Relations. Scout’s Honor broadcast nationally when it opened POV’s 14th season on June 19, 2001.  In 2006, Shepard co-directed and produced Knocking ( in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their contributions to medicine and civil liberties. KNOCKING broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens in May of 2007. In 2009, Shepard directed WHIZ KIDS (, a coming-of-age documentary about high school youth who compete in the Intel Science Talent Search, a competition in which Shepard was a finalist himself in 1987.  WHIZ KIDS aired on PBS stations in 2010.   Previously, Shepard worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. At NPR, he co-produced Listening to America, an audio documentary on the history of public radio in America. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in biology and film and is the former Chairman of New Day Films. Shepard’s latest collaboration with filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson is THE GROVE, a film about AIDS and the nature of remembrance (  THE GROVE broadcast nationally on PBS beginning December, 2011.

Rachelle Simpson (Laguna-Acoma Production Intern): Rachelle Simpson lives at Acoma Pueblo with her grandmother, mother, and brother.  She received her Associates Degree from New Mexico State University in Creative Media Technology (documentary filmmaking) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Michael Ordemann (Post Production Intern): Michael Ordemann is a cinematographer, editor, musician and archeologist, focusing on post-production of documentary films.  Michael is dedicated to helping  preserve oral and lineal knowledge that may otherwise be lost. Michael earned his BA in Media Arts/ Cinematic Arts and his BA in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of New Mexico


Michelle Otero (facilitator), a tenth-generation New Mexican, is a writer, Fulbright Fellow, community facilitator, Creative Director of Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in the Atrisco historic core in Albuquerque, and co-founder of Connecting Community Voices, an Albuquerque-based organization building positive social change through creative community expression.

David Gallegos (facilitator), a Littleglobe core artist since 2006, has coordinated, produced and facilitated a number of Littleglobe’s large-scale projects including Memorylines, a five-month long community dialogue performance project commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera, and Common Ground: Cuba/Torreon/Ojo Encino, an intergenerational project with two Dine communities, two high school programs, Navajo day schools, a volunteer fire department, a rest home and other community organizations bridging traditional boundaries between the rural community of Cuba, New Mexico and two nearby Navajo Nation communities.


GEAR UP NM, New Mexico Higher Education Department, Deming High School Portales High School, Piedra Visat High School, Laguna Acoma High School, Cuba High School and other schools around the state; McCune Foundation, KNME/NMPBS, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting/American Graduate Program.