You, Me and the Fruit Trees brings together a diverse array of established award winning filmmaking talents, including:
Tracey Quezada | Director, Producer
Based in Oakland, California, Tracey Quezada is a documentary filmmaker, editor and journalist with more than a decade of experience. She currently owns and operates a full service media production company that works with educational institutions and non-profits to produce short documentaries that advance their missions and policy goals. Her clients include University of California, Berkeley, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, New York Hall of Science, among others. As a journalist, Quezada has covered stories on immigration, communities of faith, women’s issues, and LGBTQ civil rights. Her work has received support from the Columbia Foundation, Atlassian Foundation and The Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund. In 2014, she was recognized by the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival for her achievements in media and activism.
Marc Smolowitz | Consulting Producer
Marc is a multi-award winning director, producer and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals—Sundance, Berlinale, AFI Docs, IDFA, Tokyo, Melbourne, among others—and been released worldwide theatrically, across all forms of television, and on VOD/Digital. Select titles including: “Buried Above Ground” (Producer, 2015), “Desert Migration” (Producer, 2015), "Black Is Blue" (Producer, 2014), "Heaven Adores You" (Producer, 2014), "Havana Curveball" (Exec. Producer, 2014), "The Campaign" (Producer, 2013), “Keep The Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS,” narrated by Margaret Cho (Director/Producer, 2013), "The Power Of Two" (Director/Producer, 2011) "Still Around" (Exec. Producer /Collaborating Director, 2011), "The Weather Underground" (Producer, 2003), "Trembling Before G-d" (Producer, 2001). In recent years, he was the Producer at TellyTopia, a Silicon Valley start up specializing in interactive television, IP-TV and VOD products for cable & satellite companies. In the 1990s, he was widely known as the President & Founder of Turbulent Arts—a boutique, indie film distribution and sales company based in San Francisco that ranked as the 26th largest film company in North America, 14th among independents, at its peak in 1998. Today, he works full-time as an independent filmmaker, while maintaining a thriving consulting practice called 13th Gen that guides filmmakers through key stages of development, fundraising, production, post, completion, and distribution. IMDB
Eli Olson | Editor
Eli is an Emmy Award winning film editor who won an Emmy for “My Flesh and Blood” (HBO Films). "MYFAB" also won an Emmy for Best Documentary, and the Audience Award and Best Director Prizes at Sundance Film Festival.
Eli co-directed and edited “’Stories from Tohoku” a documentary which aired on PBS about the courage of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami survivors. Other recent movies include “Heaven Adores You”, about singer Elliott Smith, and “3 Still Standing”, the story of the rise and fall of three San Francisco comedians. Most recently Eli was an additional editor on “The Nine” for Katy Grannan.
Noam Eshel | Cinematographer
Noam is a Bay area-based documentary producer and cinematographer. He has shot, directed, and produced feature-length documentaries including "The Night Guard" (2010), "A Real Place" (2011) and "Jerusalem Boxing Club" (2015). His work has screened at film festivals around the world. His multimedia journalistic pieces were published in major media outlets such as The New- York Times, Marketplace and KQED, as well as in his home country, Israel. He's currently working on two projects, a feature film about the Latino community on the Mission district's 24th street, and a series of shorts about small town museums along the Mid-West.
Tijana Petrović | Cinematographer
Tijana is a filmmaker, cinematographer and adjunct professor based in San Francisco Bay Area. Her films have screened at festivals internationally including True/False, Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives and Dok Leipzig among others. Tijana was a participant of the NY Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Project 2010. Her work has received support from various institutions and grants including The Enersen Foundation, University Film and Video Association, RI Council for the Humanities among others. She is a graduate of the Documentary Film and Video MFA program at Stanford University and the Documentary certificate program at The New School in NY.
Elise Lebec | Music Composer
Elise, born Tabitha Lebec, is one of the few visionaries along the female composers in today’s current independent music circuit. Ms. Lebec, also an artist, pianist and writer, excels in the “outside the manual” technique when it comes to sculpting compositions. Morphing the emotions of her concepts along with the intelligence of the music sheet, Composer Lebec allows the listener to embrace the meaning of the piece to a highly personal level mentally. Ms. Lebec’s feel for a composition is unique on numerous levels.