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The Team

Andrew Balcof - Director, Editor

Andrew Balcof is a storyteller who creates content intending to engage audience's deepest emotions. Wayumi, and his upcoming scripted feature, Angels of Mercy, highlight characters with stories regularly excluded from mainstream media. Whether it's documenting a man torn between his juxtaposed lineage (Wayumi) or creating a world where heroes can have atypical bodies (Angels of Mercy), the ultimate objective of Andrew's films is to take their audiences on a journey that persists even after they've left the theater.

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David Good - Producer, Subject

David Good is a member of the Yanomami tribe, author, explorer, filmmaker, and founder of the Good Project. He is currently a Ph.D. student in microbiology at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on characterizing the gut microbiome of Yanomami communities still living a traditional lifestyle of hunting-gathering and gardening. He and the Good Project team conduct expeditions to Yanomami territory to support health, research, education, and cultural preservation programs.


Peter Getzels - Executive Producer

Peter Getzels is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, director, and cinematographer. In addition to documentaries, he leads a team in the production of Closer to Truth, a high-end science series on cosmology, consciousness, and meaning. Closer to Truth is now in its 16th season on PBS. He has worked on staff at National Geographic, producing a wide range of adventure/history films and series for Explorer.


Hortensia Cabarello-Arias - Co-Producer 

Hortensia is an anthropologist and head of the Anthropology of Development Laboratory, and an Associate Researcher at the Center of Anthropology of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC). She received her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Arizona (2003). Her work focuses on cultural, historical, and political transformations among the Venezuelan Yanomami, as well as intercultural processes and indigenous rights among  Amazonian peoples. She currently serves on the advisory council for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and is on the Good Project board.


Elius Kim, Creative Producer, Unit Cinematographer

Elius is the creative producer and unit cinematographer of Wayumi. He is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who has produced and written several independent features and TV programs. Elius has worked as a creative consultant and art director for brands like Ford, as well as production companies such as MuteSix, Foxhound, and Snow Beach.

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