Smush Media

Corporate Work

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In a nutshell

Everything that surrounds us has a story of intrinsic value, we just have to listen for it.

Smush Media was founded on the idea that documentary narratives can change the world. Our approach to every project, documentary and corporate, embodies a spirit of curiosity, wonder and discovery. We ask questions we truly want to know the answers to, and listen intently for the story to emerge. We look for beauty in the ordinary and capture this aesthetic in our filmmaking. What results are films that captivate, inform and entertain with compelling content, arresting imagery, and impeccable detail.

Geralyn Pezanoski

Geralyn Pezanoski

Geralyn Pezanoski is an award-winning director and producer with almost 20 years of experience in commercial, corporate and documentary filmmaking. She embodies mindfulness, commitment and precision in all facets of her work. As Executive Producer of Smush Media, she combines her passion for storytelling with her sharp production acumen to guide the creation of meaningful content in projects of all sizes and budgets.

Geralyn co-founded Smush Media in 2001 with a dual vision: to create documentaries that could effect change in the world, and to harness the power of documentary style and sensibility to make meaningful corporate and commercial films. She set about organically growing a company around a simple idea – every story matters. Smush’s body of work reflects this ethos.

Geralyn made her feature directorial debut in 2009 with the critically acclaimed documentary MINE. The openness of her subjects is a testament to her sensitive and perceptive approach to directing. The result is a film about a divisive topic which avoids polemics and creates a space for conversation. MINE premiered at the SXSW Film Festival (Audience Award for

Best Doc), followed by a national theatrical release and broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens (Audience Award for Best-of-Season). Other directing credits include the documentary series Firehouse (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and the short film Owen (in production). Standout film producing credits include the award winning feature, Motherland (SXSW), and the narrative short, On A Tuesday (Santa Barbara, LAIFF).

Since 2011 Geralyn has added Genentech, Leap Motion, Dream Foundation and Hugo Enterprises to Smush’s list of clients. She has also produced for Apple, Gap, Levi’s, Banana Republic, nVidia, Oracle and others.

Wellington Bowler

Wellington Bowler

Wellington joined Smush Media in 2010 as a Director and Creative Director. He has worked in film for over 20 years in more than 35 countries, first as a location sound recordist and transitioning to directing full-time in 2007.

Wellington’s work as a sound recordist can be heard in dozens of award winning and internationally released films including: Last Letters Home (HBO), Paul Robeson – Here I Stand (PBS- American Masters), Darfur Now (Warner Bros), the Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Peabody), the Oath (Sundance) and Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Tribeca). He won two consecutive Grammy awards in 2009 and 2010 for his work recording sound for the Bela Fleck album/documentary film Throw Down Your Heart.

Wellington holds an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. A consummate student of film, he spent his early career perfecting his craft while simultaneously observing and analyzing the documentary techniques of the directors

alongside whom he was working. He became captivated with the art of conversation, fueling his transition into directing. He has won multiple industry-best awards for his work directing with 3D/Motion Graphics agency, EVEO, and has also directed pieces for Genentech, Fork Films (Women War + Peace), Levi’s, Amgen, Google, Microsoft, and West Ed.

As a director, Wellington navigates diverse content with great skill and fluidity. Stocked with a deep intellectual curiosity and precise editorial methodology, he approaches every subject as a true exploration, resulting in work that is honest, bold and surprising.

Smush Films

Documentary Films

Hello

In a nutshell

Everything that surrounds us has a story of intrinsic value, we just have to listen for it.

Smush Media was founded on the idea that documentary narratives can change the world. Our approach to every project embodies a spirit of curiosity, wonder and discovery. We ask questions we truly want to know the answers to, and listen intently for the story to emerge. We look for beauty in the ordinary and capture this aesthetic in our filmmaking. What results are films that captivate, inform and entertain with compelling content, arresting imagery, and impeccable detail.

Jennifer Steinman

Jennifer Steinman

Co-Founder

Jennifer Steinman is a Director, Producer and Editor with over 18 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She approaches her work with intellect and insight, and has an exceptional talent for translating the essence of a story into a compelling narrative.

Jennifer began her career as a staff editor at CBS, both in New York and San Francisco. She has produced and edited for television networks including ABC, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Sundance Channel. She won a Telly Award and has been nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Jennifer’s work has screened at major film festivals around the world including SXSW, Rotterdam and Sundance. Her corporate clients include Levi’s, VISA and Gap.

Jennifer directed and produced the feature documentary film Motherland which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award. The film went on to win several other best-of-festival awards and was released by Vanguard Cinema. Jennifer’s most recent documentary film, Desert Runners, premiered to sold-out audiences and was voted “Best of the Fest” at the 2013 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film is currently touring theaters worldwide, and is available on DVD/Digital HERE.

Geralyn Pezanoski

Geralyn Pezanoski

Co-Founder

Geralyn Pezanoski is an award-winning director and producer with almost 20 years of experience in commercial, corporate and documentary filmmaking. She embodies mindfulness, commitment and precision in all facets of her work.

Geralyn made her feature directorial debut in 2009 with the critically acclaimed documentary MINE. The openness of her subjects is a testament to her sensitive and perceptive approach to directing. The result is a film about a divisive topic which avoids polemics and creates a space for conversation. MINE premiered at SXSW (Audience Award for Best Doc), followed by a national theatrical release and broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens (Audience Award for Best-of-Season). Other directing credits include the documentary series Firehouse (Sony

Pictures Entertainment) and the short film Owen (in production). Standout film producing credits include the award winning feature, Motherland (SXSW), and the narrative short, On A Tuesday (Santa Barbara, LAIFF).

Since 2011 Geralyn has added Genentech, Leap Motion, Dream Foundation and Hugo Enterprises to Smush Media’s list of corporate clients. She has also produced for Apple, Gap, Levi’s, Banana Republic, nVidia, Oracle and others.