The Filmmaking Team


Phil Kibbe

Director/Editor/DP/Writer

Born in Ohio, Phillip Kibbe began working as an intern in 2006 at The Greater Cleveland Film Commission. From there he began working as a production assistant on commercials and independent films. After moving to New York City in 2011, Kibbe built a career shooting, directing and editing video content, and has been a member of the Brooklyn Film Collective since 2012. With experience ranging from corporate videos to social justice documentaries, Kibbe has been fully immersed in filmmaking as a full time freelancer in New York City for the past six years.

Laura Heberton

Producer

Laura Heberton's films have premiered at top festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Berlin, BAFICI, CPH:DOX, SXSW, Tribeca, BFI London and Karlovy Vary, and have won multiple best film, cinematography and acting awards as well as honors such as Independent Spirit Award and Cinema Eye Heterodox nominations. Every feature is available on platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and Vimeo. Many of the films have received grants and support from leading film institutes/organizations including the SFFilm Society's Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Polish Film Society, Cinemart and US in Progress (Wroclaw). Laura has served on a number of film juries and numerous task forces and currently is Board Chair of the Silver Eye Center for Photography and a Board Member of the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art.  

Ben Saks

Producer/DP/Writer

Since graduating at the top of his class in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, Benjamin Saks has worked in varied capacities in film, design, architecture, and business. He is in his second decade with F1D and has competed in national and world championships. Saks brings extensive management experience working with large clients in creative industries. Since launching his own company, Saks' work has been published in the W.S.J., G.Q., Elle, and Tech Crunch. Based in Pittsburgh, Saks creates media content for corporate and nonprofit clients, and is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.