Meet The Team

Meg Smaker

President

Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, underground fighters in Cuba and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. Her documentaries have won numerous awards on the film festival circuit including Best Short Documentary at this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest). Meg received an MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University, Graduate Certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA with honors in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA) from Mills College. She is a published scholar and has conducted field research in Somalia, The Balkans, and North Africa. Meg has presented her fieldwork in Washington DC and was also a guest lecturer at Columbia University.  She has traveled to over 40 countries and worked in the Middle East for over half a decade.  Her extensive international fieldwork combined with her strong academic background and business knowledge makes Meg one of the most formidable documentarians of today.

 Meg recently became the president of Doc Farm Films, a nonprofit that seeks to fund and produce documentaries about controversial topics and viewpoints that are ignored by mainstream media.


Nicole Rappin

Board Member

Nicole Rappin is the Operations Manager at D-Rev, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA. At D-Rev, Nicole manages the organization's IRS filings to maintain 501(c)3 status, manages the annual financial audit, and writes grant proposals and reports to grantors. Nicole has a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and studied International Business at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Nicole brings an expertise in non-profit management and grant writing to DFF from her graduate studies, her work as a Grant Writing Consultant for Caravan to Class (an international education non-profit) and her work at D-Rev.

 

 

Katherine Gorringe

Board Member

Katherine Gorringe is documentary producer, director, and editor based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. She believes in the power of storytelling to inspire dialogue and envision a better world. She has worked on nonfiction productions for The History Channel and independent filmmaker Laurie Collyer, and her films have been featured on the Smithsonian Magazine website, at LunaFest, Dam Shorts Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival, and the Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz, France, among others. Katherine holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and is currently the director of the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship in Birmingham, AL. 

 

Ashly Roaseau

Board Member

Ashley Roaseau is a formally trained Policy Analyst based in Oakland, CA. Having worked with elected officials, public administrators, and volunteered with multiple Boards and Commissions serving the City of Oakland, Ashley has extensive experience in the research and formation of public sector policies. During her time with Children Now, a children’s focused policy, advocacy, and research non-profit, Ashley was responsible for managing funder relationships on behalf of the research team as well as facilitating the dissemination of internal and partner publications, in addition to other tasks. This included proposal and grant writing as well as facilitating the marketing, communications, and operations functions involved in publicly launching a high-profile publication. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College. Ashley brings an expertise of non-profit management, grant writing, relationship management, and marketing to DFF.

 

MJ Rock

Board Member

Mj Rock has a long history with both non-profits and for profit organizations.  She has served on many company boards, directing management and securing viable avenues for achieving stated goals.  Mj is an avid traveler and travel agent. Her company, Blue Giraffe Travel, offers excellent itineraries for all pocketbooks. Mj brings DFF her expertise in corporate management, community service, her contacts and the respect her vast experience commands.

 

Iris corey

Board Member

Iris Corey has a bachelor’s degree from Mills College and has marketing and administrative experience from her work at Mills College Alumnae Relations and the Center for Social Dynamics. She also has worked in the Film Distribution and Marketing department at The Global Film Initiative, an international arts nonprofit. At The Global Film Initiative, Iris created marketing materials and organized and promoted film screenings for clientele.  Iris comes to Doc Farm Films with a background in fundraising and outreach for cross-cultural films.


Advisors

To be announced