CFO / Director of Photography
Adam got his start as a newspaper photojournalist, and moved quickly into documentary film. Since then he's used an eye for story and a natural aesthetic to shoot and direct doc-style films for Facebook, Instagram, ONE, Hillary for America, and many more.
In 2012, Adam worked as President Obama's documentary cinematographer, capturing moments with the president on every donut shop and fire station visit from Florida to Nevada.
Adam has documented the backstage travels of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others.
Shortly after graduating from the College of William & Mary, Andrew moved to New York City to pursue his passion for film and television. He worked on productions ranging from small indie movies to cable TV shows, serving in various roles. Before the role of Production Assistant, Andrew started at HardPin as an intern. Andrew also writes and performs in short films. He is excited to be a member of the HardPin team and to foster both his passion for production and for progressive politics.
DaeQuan Collier is a writer, producer, and director who recently graduated from New York University, studying Film and Television and Entertainment Business. Before joining HardPin as a Production Assistant, DaeQuan was a part of a number of film and television projects such as TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, Netflix's She's Gotta Have It, CNN, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. DaeQuan strives to create work that disrupts and reshapes narratives of people of color and provides them a seat at the table.
After graduating with a degree in Film Studies from Hunter College, Daniella developed her post-production skills in different parts of the industry through her work on independent feature films such as A Social Cure and In Case of Emergency, as well as through her digital content work for organizations like the Tzu Chi Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, and Emily’s list. At HardPin, she's proud to be part of the post-production team.
Ellie is honored to be a part of the HardPin family as an assistant producer and editor. She got her start at GMMB, working primarily on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. After the 2016 cycle, Ellie returned to New York to complete her degree in Film and Television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts before finding her way to HardPin. Ellie is also currently directing her first documentary, New Warriors, which centers around ending FGM. Her dream is to use creative storytelling and impact producing to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Hamad is a writer, director, and editor whose interest in storytelling began with an education in Journalism and Cinema Studies. He got his start working in documentary alongside filmmakers Henry Corra (George, Same Sex America), Parvez Sharma, and Sandi Dubowski (A Jihad for Love, A Sinner in Mecca). Hamad has since moved onto producing, directing, and editing his own narrative fiction shorts. His short films, Playtime and Alice in the Meantime, have screened worldwide from The Dubai International Film Festival to Palm Springs International Shortfest.
Jake is a filmmaker, writer and producer. Since childhood he's been an avid storyteller; initially filming narratives with Lego people and action figures, he quickly graduated to working with real live humans. Jake's passion is creating and developing original content and bringing those ideas to life on screen. Whether it's producing an emotionally charged indie film, a documentary in Central America, post-producing for a corporate client, or punching up a comedy script, Jake strives to deliver engaging, original and thought-provoking content.
Josh began his career in Los Angeles, producing and editing short-form documentaries, trailers and promotional spots for the film and television world. In 2011, Josh moved to Chicago when he was hired as the first video editor on President Obama’s reelection campaign. Since then, Josh has continued to move between the political and entertainment worlds - editing the political documentary The 39th, working again with President Obama at his non-profit OFA and most recently, before joining HardPin as Senior Editor, he was Lead Editor on the top-rated Discovery / MotorTrend Network show Garage Squad.
Director of Operations
Before joining HardPin, Kristen got her start at Viacom working for MTV & VH1. In that time, she worked on several multicam linear series such as Wild ‘N out and many tent poles & live events, such as the VMAs and the European Music Awards. Following that, her career took her into a Production Management role for other live events including the GRAMMYs and creating digital content for an iHeartRadio concert series. Kristen is now in a production management role at HardPin and supports a variety of projects as well as development of the team.
Melody found her way to Hardpin after several years of living and working abroad. After completing her degree in political science and government, she moved to Israel and worked in the non-profit world, specializing in public relations and communications. She brings her experience and knack for organization and communications to Hardpin as an Operations Coordinator. No operations assignment, however, has yet to be any match for her role as Mommy to her two crazy awesome kids.
Noah began producing music videos in New York and has since produced pieces for Facebook, Legendary Pictures, Porsche, Verizon, and many more.
In 2015, Noah produced the films "The Cycle" and "You don't know me" with Director Michael Marantz that aim to challenge opinions about young black men and cycles of violence.
In 2012, he oversaw post-production workflow for a team of 30 people that produced more than 1,000 videos as post-production supervisor for Obama’s 2012 video team.
Paola Piers- Torres
Paola is a Latinx award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Chicago. With an MA from the Media Studies program at The New School at Parsons, Paola has had a myriad of experiences ranging from long-form documentary content, to branded and narrative projects. She is the director The Chicago Mixtape, which premiered at the NYC Independent film festival and won Best Concept at the Hip Hop Film Festival. Previously, she served as the Operations Manager for The Chicago Media Project. She helped to organize the inaugural Good Pitch Chicago where she worked with several Oscar winning filmmakers. When she is not working on films she is tending to her urban garden.
Quinlin got her start in political advertising from a young age, starring in a commercial for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin at the age of 8. Choosing to step behind the camera, Quinlin joined the Hillary for America Digital Video Team where she travelled the country interviewing supporters, livestreaming events, and thriving on late night edit sessions. Quinlin returned home to Chicago for the 2018 cycle, working at AL Media as a videographer, editor, and producer – working on high profile races around the country like Stacey Abrams (GA Gov), Janet Mills (ME Gov), and Chris Kennedy (IL Gov). Quinlin is proud to bring her passion for progressive politics and creative storytelling to the HardPin team.
CTO / Post Manager / Director of Photography
Russ is a director, DP and talented editor and has worked on short films, documentaries, commercial productions and recently was a senior DP on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Russ created some of the most successful television and online ads for the campaign, and has since brought that expertise and sense for good content to the world outside of politics. He now works with companies, causes and political candidates from across the country.
Saimon got his start in live production at MTV during the hay day of Total Request Live. Since then, he's produced and directed live streams for HBO, FOX, Legendary Pictures, as well as producing engaging video campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, Warner Music Group and others.
In 2012, he traveled with President Obama, directing pop-up live-streams for rallies, events and speeches. He helped develop the live video strategy that became a staple of the campaign, broadcasting live from every barn rally in Ohio and cornfield in Iowa.
After studying photojournalism and interning at the White House, Tom spent 2012 directing the Obama campaigns video efforts in the battleground state of Ohio where he shot, edited and produced videos that turned the Buckeye state blue.
After the campaign, Thomas returned home to Indiana to direct and shoot his first, beautifully cinematic feature documentary, One Day in April.
Now, Tom focuses his efforts on pioneering cinematic documentary film in the online space.
Before joining the HardPin team, Tay helped create some of your favorite reality TV shows including Extreme Couponing, Four Weddings and many ID: Investigation Discovery series. Her career has brought her from the jungles of Peru to the glaciers of Alaska and many back roads in between.
She has produced short-form pieces for a variety of clients including delish.com, Airbnb, Instagram and Elle Magazine.
Vanessa brings her many years of agency experience and depth of financial knowledge to HardPin Media as Finance Manager. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Business and History, she began her FP&A career at Edelman in Chicago, then in San Francisco. After transitioning to the tech industry, she worked for Pandora Radio, Just Media, and Golin. Previous clients of hers include PayPal, McDonalds, Adobe, and Box.
Director of Visual Effects
As a motion graphics and visual effects artist, Will has contributed to a wide range of projects in film, TV, and digital media. After earning a degree in film production, he began his career working at Lola VFX where he learned the fundamentals of Hollywood visual effects. After striking out on his own, Will has been fortunate to work with a number of international companies like Dell, UPS, and Legendary Pictures while honing a talent for delivering sharp messaging and compelling animation. His work has been featured on NBC, ABC, the Human Rights Campaign, Conservation International, and billboards in Times Square.