Meet the Filmmaker and Creative Team
Sky Bergman, Filmmaker
Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky’s directorial debut.
Her fine art work is included in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris. Her book, The Naked & The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, includes an introduction by Hèléne Pinet, curator of photography at the Rodin Museum in Paris. She has shot book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and magazine spreads that appeared in Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.
Sky Bergman currently is a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Gayle Force, Associate Producer and Lead Graphic Designer
Gayle Force is a Brand Strategist and Creative Force of Gayle Force Design, a powerful storyteller rooted in art & design and committed to five core values: Optimism, Passion, Innovation, Trust, and Aiming High.
Catherine Trujillo, Associate Producer & Archival Researcher
Catherine Trujillo has worked with designers, artists, architects, and photographers to create long-standing contributions to the cultural life of the Central Coast. She moved to San Luis Obispo with a commitment to work in the arts and a focus on the preservation and dissemination of multicultural history and art.
Randi Barros, Editor
Randi Barros is an award-winning film editor and screenwriter. She co-edited the documentary, "Botso, The Teacher From Tbilisi," which won the Audience Award at numerous film festivals in 2013-2014. She works as an editor of documentaries and programs for PBS, CNN, the BBC, Lifetime Television and Life 360, including "The Ripple Effect," a Headliner Award winner.
Dana Carpenter, Communication Manager
Dana Carpenter is a published author, marketing communication specialist, branding expert, editor and professional coach for women entrepreneurs. She helps others build their businesses, tell their stories and achieve their dreams. Dana has been part of the Lives Well Lived project since its inception.
Anna Darrah, Distribution Strategy
Anna Darrah is an experienced film buyer, negotiating with and licensing over 800 films in her 12 years working for Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle, and is currently advising filmmakers on custom distribution strategies. Anna is president of Santa Fe Network, and a principal of Film Nest Studios. She authored a chapter in Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution, and has published articles on topics as diverse as motherhood and film distribution.
Melissa Alwood, Social Media Guru
Melissa Alwood is a social media guru, helping businesses and people connect with their target audience through social media platforms. She has managed the social media accounts for yoga studios, yoga instructors, and now the Lives Well Lived project. She is also a certified Bikram Yoga & Vinyasa Yoga instructor who spent 2015 - 2017 traveling the world teaching and practicing yoga.
Follow Melissa on Instagram @honey_bee_yogini
Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word is a voiceover artist, philanthropist and advocate for inclusive experiences and access to all entertainment platforms and the cultural arts. She is most passionate about her audio description narration work, having voiced 50 film projects for visually impaired audiences. She is a member of NY/ LA Women in Film and BAFTA, serving on film panels, funding graduate student film scholarships, and providing grants for audio described film production. Michele also underwrites programs that allow for seniors, veterans and disabled individuals to participate in the arts. She was particularly excited to sponsor and voice the audio description for “Lives Well Lived” given her desire to engage seniors and their invaluable story telling that surely touches all lives, inclusive of audiences with visual impairment.
Cafe Musique is from the central coast of California. They have performed internationally and are well known for their gypsy, tango and 'wild classical' arrangements. The members of Café Musique are Brynn Albanese on violin and vocals, Duane Inglish on accordion, Fred Murray on bass and vocals, and Craig Nuttycombe on guitar and vocals.
Photo: Brittany App
Matt Keating has been consistently putting out critically acclaimed albums since his Alias Records debut, Tell It to Yourself was released in 1993. His latest album, THIS PERFECT CRIME is his 9th full-length production. Matt also writes and scores for film and television, including “Won't Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. In addition to performing and writing his own music, he produces other artists, teaches music and songwriting.
Photo: Courtesy Matt Keating
Justin Hooper is a composer, singer-songwriter and music teacher. His original compositions were featured in the award-winning documentary "Botso" and film festival short "Restoring Faith."
Photo: Trevor Hooper
Greg Janza, editor for Lives Well Lived trailer
Betsy Knauss, Ellen Williams, James Galt, Derek Fong, Sara Tollefson, Trevor Hooper, Charlie Wilton, and Kaori Funahashi
Francesca Rodriguez, Hannah Travis, Gabby Pajo, Eden Knapp, Marc Hill, Anya McInroy, Isabella Chavira, and Brittany Bratcher
Accountant for Film:
John R. Warner
Original website design and logo: