Dawn Valadez, Producer/Director, believes that feminism is a dirty word and she loves dirty words. As a Chicana feminist she has worked with children and youth struggling to stay sane despite the insanity of the adults around them, with young people wanting to make a difference in the world and with families, hard working people, trying to make ends meet. She believes that the media must be taken back; freed from faceless, nameless corporate interests. She has collaboratively built public art and installations with youth, hosted conferences on community service and trained thousands of people. For over 20 years she’s worked on the front lines of social services and now sees the wisdom of producing media about the people she has lived with and served. She’s been married for over 17 years, has a pre-teen son and two silly rescued pitbull-mix dogs. In addition to producing this film she raises resources, including money, for a non-profit that serves working poor people.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Director/Producer, picked up her first Super-8 camera in middle school and hasn’t put the camera down since. She has produced and directed a number of short films including: El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, a documentary that chronicles the violent death of fifteen-year-old Cecilia Rios. The film won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently licensed by the Sundance Channel. Since graduating with an MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University, Kristy has worked as a filmmaker, an arts educator, and a film and video editor. She has served on the board of directors of the documentary film distributor New Day Films and is an active and enthusiastic participant in the Bay Area’s diverse filmmaking community. Going on 13 is her first feature-length film.
Executive Producer J Clements has produced and directed award-winning films that have aired on PBS and the Discovery Channel. Her films have also showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Clements has worked in short form directing for Maturity Broadcast News and has line produced utilizing crews from the BBC. She is a former ITVS producer, ITVS Production Manager and editing consultant. Her current consulting includes producers from New York to Alaska. Clements also teaches media to teenagers and young adults. She has an MA in film from Stanford University.
Corey Ohama, Editor, received an MFA in Film from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University. She works as a documentary editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her current project is A Tale of Two Sisters, which looks at the experience of two Japanese-American sisters: one who fled the internment of Japanese-Americans in California, ending up in an ashram in Harlem where she worked for peace alongside future civil rights leaders Bayard Rustin and James Farmer; the other who stayed behind and was sent to a internment camp in Colorado. Going on 13 is her first feature-length work as an editor.
Director of Photography
Gerry Watson, Director of Photography, has been working in Bay Area television since 1990 running the gamut from Technical Director to Producer but has found his calling in photojournalism. He was the primary photographer for KPIX CBS 5’s multi-Emmy award winning Investigative Unit led by the reporter Anna Werner.
Sara Porto Nolan
Nolan’s career began in print journalism. After leaving her “old life” of pop-culture reporting behind for the world of social justice documentaries, she worked at Toxic Comedy Pictures where she was associate producer for a feature documentary on global climate change titled Everything’s Cool, and produced the DVD for the award-winning doc Blue Vinyl (for which she also coordinated outreach projects with Working Films). She co-produced When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan, and associate produced Amir Bar-Lev’s My Kid Could Paint That before moving to the Bay Area and becoming a vaquera.
Kristy Guevara-Flanagan/Dawn Valadez
Corey Ohama, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Director of Photography
Adam Cohen, Eriq Wities & Daniel Yaffe
Sara Porto Nolan
Pillar to Post
Transcription & Translation
Jaime Omar Yassin
Photos Courtesy of
Chela Shanti Will Waghorn Ariana, Esmeralda, Isha & Rosie
Bay Area Video Coalition
Creative Capital Professional Development Program
DocuMamas of 2005
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
PBS Producer’s Academy
Sundance Producer’s Conference
Tribeca Film Institute, All Access Program
Trust Your Struggle
Film Arts Foundation
The families and friends of Ariana, Isha, Rosie & Esmeralda
Co-Produced and Launched in Association with
Chicken and Egg Pictures
The Fledgling Fund
Going on 13 is a co-production of Vaquera Films and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Going on 13 is produced by Vaquera Films, LLC who is solely responsible for its content.
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