Caroline Josey Karoki
Director | Producer
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Caroline Josey Karoki’s introduction to film was in Atlanta, Georgia, where she helped on a narrative short film based on a female genital mutilation and child marriage survivor. This inspired her to pursue an M.F.A. in Film where she completed her thesis short film, Amnesty, based on a true story. She went on to work in various roles in film and television while independently developing her projects including her first short documentary film, Weighted: inspired by FitKenyanGirl.
Being able to create films about overlooked subject matters, extraordinary people, and underserved communities is an honor she does not take for granted.
Caroline finds teaching to be fulfilling and challenges other creatives to join Tusk Arts Center in passing their skills forward to the most vulnerable individuals.
Cinematographer | Producer
Amanda Kulkoski joined the Film faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. She currently serves as a Graduate Coordinator and teaches classes in cinematography. Hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Amanda got her start in the industry working for Wisconsin Public Broadcasting , as well as covering college and professional sporting events for ABC Sports, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. Her work has since expanded to include both Feature documentary and narrative films and a variety of television series. Amanda’s passion for filmmaking revolves around camerawork and lighting design. Her credits include such films as "Magic Mike XXL," "Dirty Grandpa," and "No God, No Master." Amanda recently made her directorial debut with a documentary feature, “Through the Windmill,” about the world of miniature golf. She is currently screening this award-winning film at film festivals across the country.
Alex Newton is an editor and director living in Savannah Georgia, raised in Pennsylvania of Catalan and Texan descent. He has worked in independent film distribution for Cinetic, Cinedigm, Studio Ghibli, Rooster Teeth, and Drafthouse Films, and has served as a freelance editor for clients including Digitas, Vice, and The New York Times. His features and short films have played at festivals that include Savannah, Orlando, New Haven, Breckenridge, HollyShorts, IndieGrits, and the Art Monastery Of Italy, and have been featured on such sites as Cinephilia And Beyond and Directors Notes. He has been published by the monthly film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. Alex is a Professor of Film and Television at the Savannah College Of Art And Design.
Neena Page Ramsey
Neena Page Ramsey was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. As the daughter of a musician and a playwright, Neena’s fascination with the arts came easy. She received her B.A., in Film and Television Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduation, she briefly worked as a professional videographer before deciding to pursue her passion for screenwriting. This decision led her to pursue a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While at SCAD, Neena met Caroline Karoki and Amanda Kulkoski. Later, she worked with Caroline on her film, Amnesty, as the co-writer. SCAD awarded Neena with the Outstanding Achievement award, and nominated her thesis script, Reigning Men for a SCAD Emmy Award.
Neena has always held a strong interest in documentary films. She has attended several classes at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and volunteered with the Full Frame Documentary Festival.
Neena recently worked on the films, Boss Level, and Lady and the Tramp.
Teddy Mitchener is the head photographer at House of Fotography, based in Nairobi Kenya. A Washington DC native, Teddy is a self-taught photographer, having picked up his first camera in 1992 under the tutelage of his father, Willie Brown. A fully fledged professional photographer, Teddy earns his living in Kenya primarily as a commercial photographer in the advertising industry and on private commissions.
Sue Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She worked for Korean Broadcasting System(KBS) for 5 years as a colorist and a Post-Production technical Supervisor. At KBS, Sue worked on documentaries and TV shows. She came to the U.S. in 2018 to further her studies.
She is currently an M.F.A. student in Film and TV at the Savannah College of Art and Design focusing on color grading and cinematography.