The Documentary Team

Gabriele Hayes

Gabriele Hayes


Mark Hayes


Gabriele was born in the former East Germany. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, she was allowed to travel to the West.

Gabriele produced the documentary film One Germany, The Other Side of the Wall in 2011. It examines the reunification of Germany after 20 years. It features interviews with the President of Germany, former political prisoners, Stasi officers, rock musicians and comedians.

Gabi loves to run and has been with the running club since March, 2013.

Mark’s most recent documentary is One Germany, the Other Side of the Wall. He also directed From Red State to Golden State, telling the story of Soviet Jews who emigrated to Los Angeles.

Mark does not enjoy running but runs anyway because his wife makes him.

James Stolz

Director of Photography

James has been working as a freelance cinematographer for more than 15 years. He shot the documentary Urban Fruit about the urban faming movement in downtown Los Angeles. He continues working for US and German television.

James completed his Certificate in Cinematography at UCLA Extension with Honors in 2010.

Ben Dohrmann


Ben began his editing career as an assistant to several notable documentarians, including director Ondi Timoner (We Live in Public), editor Brian Singbiel (Bigger Stronger Faster), and the producers of I.O.U.S.A. In 2010, he served as producer and consulting editor on the feature-length documentary Mateo, now available on Netflix.

Kim Planert


Kim is a German television and film composer based out of Los Angeles, California.

He collaborated with composer Robert Duncan for 8 seasons on the score for ABC’s television show, Castle. Kim’s vast collection of past TV credits include: The Whispers (ABC series produced by Steven Spielberg), The Unit (CBS), Lie To Me (FOX), The Gates (ABC), The Chicago Code (FOX), Last Resort (ABC), and Rush (USA Network). His film credits include Into The Blue II: The ReefA Reason and Chasing Grace. In 2014, Kim was awarded the Gold Medal for “Best Original Score” at the Global Music Awards for the feature film A Reason.

Yana Gorskaya

Editorial Consultant

Yana received the American Cinema Editor’s Award for her first feature, the Academy Award nominated documentary Spellbound, which followed eight children on their way to the National Spelling Bee.

Other credits include the dark comedy Rocket Science, which won the Sundance directing prize for long time collaborator Jeffrey Blitz, the Miramax comedy Smart People, the dramedy Celeste and Jesse Forever and the mockumentary What we do in the Shadows.

Yana frequently consults on both documentary and fiction films — including the multi-award winning HBO documentary Valentine Road, and Call Me Kuchu, which took multiple honors at the Berlin film festival and Hot Docs.

Yana received her BA from Columbia University and MFA from USC’s School of Cinema Television with numerous honors.

Tchavdar Georgiev


Tchavdar is an Emmy nominated producer, director and editor. Together with Amanda Pope, he wrote, produced, and directed The Desert of Forbidden Art which showcased on PBS Independent Lens. It was nominated for two Emmys, won the Cine Golden Eagle Jury Award and other international prizes.

Tchavdar directed and edited together with Dana Berry for National Geographic Finding the Next Earth and edited Alien Earths, nominated for a Prime Time Emmy.

He recently edited the two times Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Valentine Road as well as Netflix’s Finders Keepers, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

He has produced for PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, Amazon Studios, USA Networks and MTV .