Film Contributors

Alan Toth: Director & Producer of Posh Corps

Alan Toth is a video journalist based in San Francisco. His short film Mining Phosphorus was a finalist for the 2018 Student Academy awards, and a version of the film was broadcast on PBS Newshour.

His short film on human-lion conflict appeared in The Atlantic Selects, a series of short films curated by The Atlantic Magazine.

His feature documentary Posh Corps chronicled the experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa as they struggled to be helpful in a rapidly changing country. The film screened at universities around the country and at USAID headquarters in Washington D.C. It has become an unofficial guide and for Peace Corps Volunteers around the world.

Alan has produced non-fiction videos in Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. He has a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia from the Art Institute of Portland. He studied media and communications at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa from 2010 - 2012.

Alan's Website


Clare Major: Director of Feast & Sacrifice

Clare Major is a documentary filmmaker and videojournalist. She has produced projects for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discovery Channel, and many other media outlets, private companies, and independent documentaries. She has won two College Television Awards (a.k.a. Student Emmys), and been a Student Academy Awards national finalist.

Clare is a self-described serial expert on interesting people doing interesting things, all over the world. She's shot in Spain, Switzerland, Senegal, Liberia, Azerbaijan, the Philippines, Haiti, and all around the USA.

Clare is a graduate of UT Austin’s Radio-TV-Film department and of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s documentary program. From 2004 to 2006, She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, where she worked with farmers and a women’s group to improve crop production and generate income.

Clare's Website


Cy Kuckenbaker: Bush League

Cy Kuckenbaker is a filmmaker, photographer and adjunct college professor based in San Diego, California. He received his MFA in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 2004 and served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eastern Europe from 2000-2002. He is the director of fiction and documentary films that have screened at domestic and international film festivals including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou Paris, The Los Angeles IFF, The Vancouver IFF, the Viennale, The Big Muddy FF, The Calgary IFF and more. In 2010 his feature documentary Bush League received the Best Feature Doc award at the New Jersey IFF and his human rights doc short INDENTURED screened at the U.S. Pentagon and before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. In 2012 his short doc-f/x film Landings at San Diego Int. received four million views online and was re-posted by hundreds of websites including PetaPixel, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, BoingBoing, the AOL Homepage, Designboom Journal Du Design and more. Most recently, Cy received the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Grant to work on a one-year project in partnership with the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Cy teaches film production at San Diego City College and also creates content for private clients.

Cy's Website


Chris McKee: Mujaan


Chris McKee, grew up in the San Francisco bay area and has traveled through nineteen different countries, producing short documentaries and writing screenplays based on his experiences. From 1996 to 1998 he taught English in Mongolia for the Peace Corps,  and five years later he returned to make his award-winning short Mujaan.

Chris' Website


Lauren Schwartzman: Dry Roast


Lauren is a freelance media-maker and writer. Her short film Dust is a 2018 Student Academy Awards winner.

Her short documentary The Urban Forest won two awards at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 2013.

Lauren served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 2013 to 2015. She studied documentary film at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She also studied environmental studies and creative writing at Oberlin College. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.


Emily Thomas : Dry Roast

Emily is a documentary filmmaker, DP, producer and journalist. She seeks out untold visual stories around the globe - from medical treatment in Palestine to climate change’s effect on coffee farmers in Guatemala. She was a news editor for The Huffington Post where she covered breaking news, digital trends, women’s issues and social impact stories. Most recently she was a senior journalist for Storyful, the world’s first social media verification news agency, verifying and discovering eye-witness footage of top news around the world, and acquiring licenses for top publishers. Her writing and video work has appeared in POV, VICE, Motherboard,, and The Huffington Post among several other outlets. She studied documentary film at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


Claude von Roesgen: Jimi Sir, Claude's Website

Podcast Contributors

Siobhan Neela-Stock


Siobhan Neela-Stock is currently pursuing her master’s in journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. She will graduate in June 2018. Prior to falling in love with journalism, she worked in global health and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Homoine, Mozambique from 2015 to 2016. Hailing from Vermont, she (obviously) loves the farm to table movement but has only skied once in her life to the disdain of her fellow Vermonters. She hopes to pursue print and audio journalism after she graduates.


Socorra Camposanto

Socorra is a blues/folk singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. An adventurer at heart, Socorra spent two years in Peace Corps Morocco where she was inspired to write and record her first EP entitled "Little by Little."

Socorra's Website


Adrienne Hall

Adrienne Hall is from Long Beach, CA. She studied business administration at the University of Southern California. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia where she became passionate about healthcare equity, distance running, and great coffee. She currently lives in Oakland, CA.


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