Julia Johnson (Executive Producer, Producer, Line Producer) has produced short films, branded social media content, music videos, short form documentaries, and live television. Her most recent producer credits include, Paradise Cove, Groupie, and Paradigm. This is her first exploration into producing a feature documentary film, and she is lucky to have the help of many mentors from her time at USC and friends in the documentary world. She is passionate about the themes in this project and the community it involves, and hopes that the finished film will bring further awareness to the push for equity in the ultimate frisbee and greater sports communities. Julia is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where she received a BFA in Film and Television Production, and a minor in Business Law.
Julia grew up playing most every sport but ultimate, yet in her first month in college she had repurposed her soccer cleats into ultimate ones. She has played and eventually captained the USC Hellions of Troy from 2014-2017, founded and captained a second women’s club team in Los Angeles, played on San Diego Wildfire from 2016-2017, and sat on the Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams (LAOUT) Board of Directors. She currently plays for Seattle Underground in the Women’s Club Division, and coaches high school boys with the Seven Hills Ultimate Club.
Lili Gu (Producer, Director, Writer) is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker focused on exploring the human condition. She is passionate about telling the stories of underrepresented and marginalized folks in the United States, and is proud to be working with a team of women and people of color on this project. Her work has received numerous festival accolades and has screened on television networks such as PBS. Lili received her MS in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and her MFA in Film Production and Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where she was honored to train under the mentorship of pioneering vérité documentarian Marina Goldovskaya.
Lili started playing ultimate her last semester of college, and has been lucky to play with teams and folks from across the country. She took an extended break from frisbee to focus on running track, but love of the game and the wonderful people in it drew her back. Lili formerly coached the Garfield High School girls’ and coed teams, and at DiscNW Camps. She has captained Seattle BFG in the Mixed Club Division for the past three seasons.
Brittany Kaplan (Producer, Director, Editor) is a Vassar College grad, who has been working on social justice documentaries in New York City for the past 9 years. In 2016, she edited her first feature documentary, Beyond Borders, about undocumented Mexican-Americans and the history of immigration reform in America, which aired on PBS. With this film, Brittany was a 2016 Karen Schmeer Editing Fellowship finalist. Her work has appeared on PBS, A&E, HBO, Great Big Story, and in many film festivals, and she has worked closely with award-winning producers such as Ken Burns, Liz Garbus, Barak Goodman, and Charles Ferguson. This project combines her three main passions, documentary, history, and ultimate.
Brittany started playing ultimate in 2000 in Amherst, MA, first in the middle school coed program, and then on the JV and Varsity High School girls teams. She then played all four years at Vassar College, captaining her senior year. Brittany has just finished her 7th season on New York City’s women’s club team, BENT. She runs BENT’s social media, which focuses on uplifting voices from the equity movement in ultimate and other sports. She also organizes leagues and events in the NYC ultimate community.
Tim Toda (Director of Photography) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who surrounds himself with the world of music. In addition to lensing various short films, music videos, and branded content, he travels with bands to document their lives on the road. Not only is this his first time shooting a feature-length documentary, but it is also his first introduction to the world of ultimate frisbee. Production of this documentary has opened his eyes and inspired him to help push for awareness, inclusivity, and equity within his community. Tim is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television.