Meet The Crew

Ryan Camarda

Ryan Camarda, owner of West of Worldly Productions LLC, is a second-year graduate student at Pace University. Hailing from NY, he directed the feature-length documentary film, Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod, which will be released March 29, 2022. A seasoned filmmaker, Ryan joined the documentary team eager and willing to learn more.

Sequoia Cumming

Sequoia is a senior at Pace University majoring in digital journalism and minoring in sports media and broadcast. While she is passionate about writing and reporting on the news, she is excited to get involved in working with cameras and editing footage. 

Michael Demaria

Born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, Michael is pursuing an MA in Communications and Digital Media at Pace University. After graduating from Pace in 2019 with a degree in finance, he explored careers in wealth management, real estate, political fundraising, and non-profit organizations. During the pandemic, he rediscovered a passion for media production. Now, he is excited to polish his technical skills through our documentary production. In his spare time, he coaches youth tackle football for the Downtown Giants, and loves spending time with his pups, Teddy and Tiny.

Diego Mallens

Diego is a junior at Pace University pursuing a BS in Digital Cinema and Filmmaking. Diego visited Cape Cod in the fall to assist with location scouting and planning future shoots. With extensive camera experience, Diego is eager to engage in the documentary filming process in every capacity.

Nicole Manning

Nicole is a junior at Pace University, majoring in digital cinema and filmmaking. She manages our TikTok account for the promotion and social presence of the documentary (follow @PaceUDocs!). She is also an important member of our general social media team. Nicole is eager to start traveling and filming on location to gain hands-on experience with operating cameras and capturing footage.

Jerry McKinstry

Jerry currently serves as senior director of Public Affairs at Pace University’s Westchester campuses. He spent much of his career as a journalist, and later as a communications pro for agencies, political campaigns, and government. Upon joining Pace, he saw the great work of the documentary program and knew he wanted to be a part of it. He expects to complete his master’s in Digital Cinema and Filmmaking in May 2023. He enjoys filming, editing, and getting the story. When he was 15, he spent his summer shucking clams and oysters in Montauk, NY.

Miles Mendez

Miles is a junior at Pace University, majoring in digital cinema and filmmaking. His interests include camera work and being out in the field to explore and gather research with a camera in hand. Miles is a member of our social media team as manager of our Twitter account, where he promotes and documents our production process. Follow us on Twitter: @PaceDocs!

Aron Mondschein

Aron is a third-year digital cinema and filmmaking major at Pace University, also pursuing a minor in history. This semester, he looks forward to getting to visit our shoot locations and film. Aron was one of our first crew members to engage in location scouting for our production in Cape Cod, in the fall of 2021. Filming is where he has most experience, what he enjoys most, and behind the camera is where he can be found!

Adam Ng

Adam is a third-year digital cinema and filmmaking major at Pace University, with a minor in sports media and broadcasting. As our in-house drone expert, he is most looking forward to the cinematography and drone work in Cape Cod.

Caroline O'Kane

Caroline earned a degree in political science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Vermont in 2017. Currently, she is pursuing an MA in Communications and Digital Media at Pace University. She is the editor of our blog and manager of our social media team. With a love for seafood as deep as the ocean and a background in the restaurant industry, she looks forward to gaining technical knowledge while polishing her writing and interviewing skills.

Justin Saluzzi

Justin is a junior at Pace University pursuing a BS in Digital Cinema and Filmmaking. In the past, he has worked on video production for several school districts, either from behind the camera or by editing footage. As he plans his career in film editing, he looks forward to applying his prior experience to the post-production process.

Danielle Schwartz

Danielle is the Environmental Consultant and Research Coordinator for the PaceDocs crew. Currently completing her Masters of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the University of Connecticut, she assists the team by fact-checking and providing scientific background for topics of research. When she is not working on the documentary, Danielle is conducting her master’s research or going on hikes.

Emily Teixeira

Emily is a junior at Pace University with a major in communications and a minor in creative writing. She is looking forward to meeting and interviewing subjects, contributing to the production blog, and helping to put the film together during the editing stage. As a lifelong lover of telling stories, she plans to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn about storytelling through the production of documentaries.

Professor Lou Guarneri

Professor Maria Luskay