The Team

Kenny Dalsheimer Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Kenny is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and media educator based in Durham, North Carolina. He founded The Groove  Productions in 1996 when he began producing documentaries and community videos. Go Fast, Turn Left (1997) and Shine On (2000)  toured across the state as part of the Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. In 2007, he co-directed Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project which screened at fifteen US and International film festivals and aired across the southeast on PBS.  A New Kind of Listening (2009) received national recognition in 2010 from TASH as recipient of the Positive Images in Media Award. His most recent films include A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden (2011) and Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty (2012), portraits of internationally recognized NC artists. In addition to his film projects, Kenny produces non-profit videos and teachers youth video workshops across NC. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and taught at Carolina Friends School between 1986–1996.

Dan Adeli – Cinematographer

Dan has over 12 years of experience as a producer, cameraman, director, soundman and researcher in Africa. He has worked for a wide variety of African and international clients including: CBS, ABC, CNN, Channel 4 UK, MTV, Transparency International and many more. Based out of Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana, Dan is owner of Visual Works Limited, a Nairobi-based production facility providing a wide range of services and support to documentary filmmakers and producers in Africa and around the world. Dan has worked as cinematographer for filmmaker and UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Joanne Herschfeld on two film projects in Kenya and Tanzania.

Charlene Reiss – Executive Producer

Charlene holds a doctorate in Public Administration with a research focus on public participation and civic engagement. As an NGO Development Volunteer in the US Peace Corps, she provided management consulting to local and national mental health organizations in the Slovak Republic. This included developing successful grant proposals to obtain over $700,000 to create a new system of delivering and financing mental health care in Slovakia; helping to establish small businesses to employ people with mental illness; and serving as a founding member of an anti-discrimination NGO. In the US, Charlene works with nonprofits and government agencies on evaluation, fundraising, grant writing, marketing, social media, and other aspects of organizational development. She was the Volunteer Coordinator for the Georges Rousse Project Durham and collaborated with Dalsheimer on Bending Space.

David Swanson – Associate Producer

David has over 20 years of experience working with international non-governmental organizations and American nonprofit organizations, working as a volunteer, manager, fundraiser, founder and advisor to international and local organizations in emergency relief and development programs.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1989 and his Masters in International Development Policy, with a certificate in Health Policy, from Duke University in 2006.  With experience in health, education, agriculture, finance and emergency relief programming in Lesotho, Namibia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uganda, his focus is on linking the significance communities place on improving health outcomes with initiatives aimed at strengthening existing health care systems.

Rachel Brown – Founder of Sisi ni Amani

Rachel founded Sisi ni Amani in 2009 after recognizing a need to support the work of local Kenyan peacebuilders by enhancing their ability to rapidly and effectively communicate and coordinate with each other and their communities. Rachel has worked as a tenant organizer in Massachusetts, collaborated on Ushahidi Haiti and Ushahidi’s Uchaguzi Kenya platform, and consulted as project coordinator for Ushahidi’s monitoring platform of Tanzania’s 2010 elections. Rachel holds a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and has conducted independent research on conflict in Kenya and Guatemala.

Marybeth Dugan – Associate Producer and Editorial Assistant
Kelli Dugan – Associate Producer

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This project was made possible in large part thanks to the cooperation, patience, good humor, and expertise of the Sisi ni Amani Team. The filmmakers are especially grateful to the Kenyan activists making up the Nairobi Team –

  • George Ooko Ong’are
  • Mary Njambi Wambui
  • Rachel Brown
  • Caleb Gichuhi Njoroge
  • Jacqueline Njeru
  • Pastor Wilson Mosonik
  • Samson Ochieng Owiti
  • Dennis Otieno Ogonji
  • Neelam Verjee
  • Jacinta Wanjiku Njoroge
  • Kevin Sudi