Kenneth Chu (Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor) is an independent filmmaker, creative director, and co-founder of Studio Esmé. As a former camera and web producer for ABC News, he was part of the Peabody Award-winning documentary series Hopkins.  As an editor, he won a “Best Film Editing” Webby Award for the online film series Fifty People, One Question.  Most recently, his short documentary film Little Leaders, which follows two sixth-graders’ journey in the Montessori Model United Nations, was an official selection for 2016 Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival. 


Diana Ecker (Co-Director, Cinematographer) is a filmmaker, video artist and co-founder of Studio Esmé. Formerly a co-publisher of Local, an in-depth print and digital quarterly that featured one underrepresented American town per issue, she has since produced commercial works for a range of clients, including Google Education, Absolut, Pepsico, and the innovation agency Redscout.  As a volunteer for 826 National, a non-profit literacy program founded by Dave Eggers, Diana also taught a summer workshop for elementary school-age kids interested in making documentary films about their neighborhoods.



Peter Gray (Advisor) is an evolutionary psychologist at Boston College and an academic advisor of “Free School”. His research examines children’s need for free play and its educative value.  Professor Gray is the author of Free to Learn, and co-creator of, a website aimed at helping families find alternative options for K-12 education.