Learn more about the creative team who produced the Nourishfilm and shorts.
Writer, Producer, and Director
Kirk is the founder and executive director of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability. A filmmaker, educator, and social entrepreneur, Kirk has produced award-winning television, interactive multimedia, websites, museum exhibits, and educational curricula. In addition to Nourish: Food + Community, he directed the PBS special Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability and Spaceship Earth: Our Global Environment, winner of two national Emmy Awards. Kirk enjoys tasting seasonal fare at the farmers market and cooking up fresh veggies picked from the garden.
Linda Davis is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has explored topics rangingÂ from art looting during WWII to the high drama of modern opera. Her experience includes workÂ on several award-winning, feature-length documentaries, including The Rape ofÂ Europa and Jon Elseâ€™s film Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic.Â She has also shot and directed her own short films, notably At Lulaâ€™s, aÂ portrait of beauty and community at a hair salon in Oakland, California. Linda recently produced a documentary and social media hybrid project called The Waiting Room, which examines the healthcare crises from the perspective of Highland Hospital, the public safety-net hospital for Alameda County, California.
Josh Peterson is a freelance editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has been cutting documentaries, corporate pieces, and independent features since 1993. In 2009, he was nominated for a national Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for his work on Soldiers of Conscience. Josh edited The Rape of Europa, which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Historical Programming and short-listed for a Best Documentary Academy Award. He also edited Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability, a companion PBS special to Nourish: Food + Community. Joshâ€™s work has appeared on PBS, ABC, National Geographic Channel, and Sci-Fi Channel, at U.S. and international film festivals, and in theatrical release.
Caroline Penwarden is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with a broad range of musical interests including scoring, original composition, and live performance.Â She earned a MA in Music Composition from Mills College, where she studied with Fred Frith and held a position as modern dance accompanist for world-renown choreographersÂ Sonya Delwaide andÂ Molissa Fenley. In addition to Nourish: Food + Community, Caroline has scored original music forÂ Picked, theÂ Scientia teaser,Â Save Our Snow, Greening the Empire State Building, and Chasing Glaciers. Additionally, she has performed with Beth Custer, Aram Shelton, and Agnes Szelag; has opened for Fred Frith at The Stone in NYC; andÂ is featured on albums with Flockterkit, Myrmyr, Eli Wise, Vanessa Beggs, EFFT, and The Co-op.
Director of Photography
Jon Shenk is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and founder of ActualÂ Films in San Francisco. He co-directed and photographed the Emmy-nominatedÂ Lost Boys of Sudan, winner of an Independent Spirit Award. Jon co-directedÂ and photographed Democracy Afghan Style, a PBS film about the post-warÂ constitutional process in Afghanistan. He produced and photographedÂ segments for The New Heroes, a PBS series about social entrepreneurs. Jon recently directed and photographedÂ The Island President, a feature-length documentary about climate change featuring the former president of the Maldive Islands.