Laura Waters Hinson

Producer/Director, Editor

Laura Waters Hinson is the founder of Image Bearer Pictures, an award-winning documentary production company in Washington, DC. Her film, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for best documentary and was broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. Laura co-founded the As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative, a Rwandan-led organization that harnesses the power of film to promote healing after genocide, and has reached nearly 100,000 Rwandans. She just released Many Beautiful Things, a film about artist Lilias Trotter which premiered in July 2015 at the Manchester International Film Festival. She also co-directed Dog Days, which will be broadcast on PBS World in 2016, and is currently finishing up her newest film, Mama Rwanda, about the new generation of women entrepreneurs in Rwanda helping transform their nation into one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Laura received a MFA in filmmaking from American University and has worked in the past at the Discovery Health Channel and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews.

Kasey Kirby

Kasey is founder of Atlas District Pictures in Washington, DC. He received his a master of arts in filmmaking at American University.  Kasey has directed and edited numerous feature documentaries, non-profit organizational videos and has worked in the past for National Geographic, the UN Foundation and many others. He is a 2003 graduate of Bethel College.

Jeannie Hall Hagopian

Production Assistant
A 2004 graduate of Clemson University, Jeannie is a former Capitol Hill staffer and lobbying assistant.  She is a teacher in the Washington, DC area.  She had no clue that a stint in filmmaking was in store when she agreed to be one of Laura’s roommates!

Patrick Meade Jones

1st AC, Photographer
Patrick is a 2007 graduate of Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. He resides in Los Angeles, CA and works as a cinematographer on feature narratives, commercials and non-profit films.  In his free time he shoots independent films and music videos.

Emmanuel Kwizera

Translator, Driver
Emmanuel is a graduate of Butare University in Rwanda where he studied political history, including history of the genocide.  Fluent in four languages, Emmanuel has a passion for assisting Westerners who want to help his country.  A man of many talents, Emmanuel is the president and founder of the Living Hope Foundation, a sponsorship program for orphans whose fathers were pastors.

Thomas R. Hinson

Associate Producer
In addition to his role as Associate Producer for As We Forgive, Thomas Hinson is the head rector of the Church of the Advent in Washington D.C. He is also the co-founder of The Living Bricks Campaign, the viewer action campaign to promote further reconciliation efforts in Rwanda. Before that, he worked for several years as a professional mental health counselor in Salem, MA where he specialized in trauma recovery, addictions, and anxiety/depression issues. During this time, Tommy founded an intentional community house for theology graduate students focused on outreach to underprivileged populations. He has also pursued doctoral work in clinical psychology. His current interests include the integration of psychology and Christian spirituality, intentional community development, and the role of the arts in shaping culture.