Meet The Crew 

One Step Films is a student run production company at Villanova University. Together, we hope to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced to share their stories with the masses to bring awareness to issues that are often neglected.  

 Hezekiah Lewis   Executive Producer   Hezekiah Lewis is a filmmaker with a vision to provoke social change through film. He aims to expose personal stories and controversial topics through film that will spark healthy and vibrant conversations. Hezekiah’s heart is wrapped into his work stemming from his upbringing. Son of a single mother, who witnessed most of the men in his life deal or use drugs, while she raised him. Putting his heart into his work Hezekiah produced “Memoirs of a Smoker.” This phenomenal film earned Hezekiah a DGA award. The film is a short documentary about Hezekiah’s uncle Deontre’ who is addicted to crack cocaine. Memoirs of a Smoker has achieved success in the festival circuit having screened at over 6 well known festivals including Hollywood Black Film Festival and COMMFFEST Film Festival in Toronto. Hezekiah earned his first Masters degree in theatre from Villanova University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the school of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA. Prior to earning his Masters degree in Theatre he attended Villanova University on a football scholarship. He was a three-year starter and co-captain, receiving all-conference and all-academic honors from 1995-2000. Hezekiah’s success in filmmaking improved at UCLA where he earned exceptional accolades for his thesis short film, Warrior Queen, which he filmed on location in Ghana, Africa. The film tells the story of Yaa Asantewaa, a Ghanaian queen who led her people in a courageous battle for freedom against the British Empire in the early 1900s. Lewis received thesis funding from various awards including: the Abraham Polonski Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, the Four Sisters Award, the James Bridges Award for Excellence in Directing and a grant from Technicolor. In addition to ‘Memoirs of a Smoker’ ‘Warrior Queen earned a DGA award for best African American film. Hezekiah also keeps busy as a film professor at Villanova University. Passionate about film, Hezekiah encourages his students to create films that are socially conscious and that are of the utmost quality.  

Hezekiah Lewis 

Executive Producer

Hezekiah Lewis is a filmmaker with a vision to provoke social change through film. He aims to expose personal stories and controversial topics through film that will spark healthy and vibrant conversations. Hezekiah’s heart is wrapped into his work stemming from his upbringing. Son of a single mother, who witnessed most of the men in his life deal or use drugs, while she raised him. Putting his heart into his work Hezekiah produced “Memoirs of a Smoker.” This phenomenal film earned Hezekiah a DGA award. The film is a short documentary about Hezekiah’s uncle Deontre’ who is addicted to crack cocaine. Memoirs of a Smoker has achieved success in the festival circuit having screened at over 6 well known festivals including Hollywood Black Film Festival and COMMFFEST Film Festival in Toronto. Hezekiah earned his first Masters degree in theatre from Villanova University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the school of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA. Prior to earning his Masters degree in Theatre he attended Villanova University on a football scholarship. He was a three-year starter and co-captain, receiving all-conference and all-academic honors from 1995-2000. Hezekiah’s success in filmmaking improved at UCLA where he earned exceptional accolades for his thesis short film, Warrior Queen, which he filmed on location in Ghana, Africa. The film tells the story of Yaa Asantewaa, a Ghanaian queen who led her people in a courageous battle for freedom against the British Empire in the early 1900s. Lewis received thesis funding from various awards including: the Abraham Polonski Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, the Four Sisters Award, the James Bridges Award for Excellence in Directing and a grant from Technicolor. In addition to ‘Memoirs of a Smoker’ ‘Warrior Queen earned a DGA award for best African American film. Hezekiah also keeps busy as a film professor at Villanova University. Passionate about film, Hezekiah encourages his students to create films that are socially conscious and that are of the utmost quality. 

 Kelsey Hanson  Writer/Researcher/Interviewer   Kelsey Hanson is a Senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since middle school Kelsey has dreamed of being a journalist, prompting her to major in Communication with a specialization in Journalism. Her passion for storytelling, combined with her love for traveling, has taken her all over the world. Kelsey believes that everyone has a story to tell and is excited to use her abilities as a Writer, Researcher, and Interviewer to help share the stories of those in South Africa and West Philadelphia with the rest of the world.    

Kelsey Hanson

Writer/Researcher/Interviewer 

Kelsey Hanson is a Senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since middle school Kelsey has dreamed of being a journalist, prompting her to major in Communication with a specialization in Journalism. Her passion for storytelling, combined with her love for traveling, has taken her all over the world. Kelsey believes that everyone has a story to tell and is excited to use her abilities as a Writer, Researcher, and Interviewer to help share the stories of those in South Africa and West Philadelphia with the rest of the world. 

 

 Trey Johnson   Researcher  Trey Johnson is a Senior Communication major with a minor in Criminology. He is originally from Tampa, Florida. He is jubilant about the opportunity to work with One Step Films as a Researcher. He has a heart to help other people, no matter their background, which creates nothing but excitement for the making of this documentary.       

Trey Johnson 

Researcher

Trey Johnson is a Senior Communication major with a minor in Criminology. He is originally from Tampa, Florida. He is jubilant about the opportunity to work with One Step Films as a Researcher. He has a heart to help other people, no matter their background, which creates nothing but excitement for the making of this documentary. 

 

 

 Sean Fitzgerald   Editor/ Assistant Director  Sean is a Senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production from Albany, New York. Sean has always been a storyteller, and he’s very excited to broaden his horizons and travel to South Africa to tell the stories cultivating in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is an Assistant Director and looks forward to keeping his mates and the story on track. He’s also one of the Editors and is very excited to cut the footage in a way that does justice to both the interviewees and standards set by One Step Films.      
 Alana Meo   Assistant Director/Assistant Editor   Alana is a Junior Communication and Italian major from Nutley, NJ. She is extremely excited to be working on this documentary because she believes it will truly be able to start breaking down the stigmas of HIV and AIDS. Alana loves the way messages and stories are able to be conveyed through the art of film. She is looking forward to acting as Assistant Director and Assistant Editor for this documentary.      

Alana Meo 

Assistant Director/Assistant Editor 

Alana is a Junior Communication and Italian major from Nutley, NJ. She is extremely excited to be working on this documentary because she believes it will truly be able to start breaking down the stigmas of HIV and AIDS. Alana loves the way messages and stories are able to be conveyed through the art of film. She is looking forward to acting as Assistant Director and Assistant Editor for this documentary.

 

 

 Alexander Riesterer  Producer   Alex is a Senior Marketing and International Business major hailing from good Ol’ Minnesota. Having studied abroad in Cape Town during his Junior year, he could not be more excited to return to South Africa as a Producer for One Step Films. Alex has always thought of film as one of the greatest forms of storytelling. He is looking forward to sharing the honest stories of people living with HIV and AIDS in order to change the perceptions surrounding this taboo subject as well as perceptions of a country he loves dearly.       

Alexander Riesterer

Producer 

Alex is a Senior Marketing and International Business major hailing from good Ol’ Minnesota. Having studied abroad in Cape Town during his Junior year, he could not be more excited to return to South Africa as a Producer for One Step Films. Alex has always thought of film as one of the greatest forms of storytelling. He is looking forward to sharing the honest stories of people living with HIV and AIDS in order to change the perceptions surrounding this taboo subject as well as perceptions of a country he loves dearly. 

 

 

 Brittany Lam  Producer  Brittany Lam is a Senior Communication major and Business minor from Sewell, New Jersey. Brittany is honored and humbled to be a part of One Step Films’ debut documentary as a Producer. She is excited not only for the opportunity to create a film, but also for the chance to create change. She is hoping the film will provoke dialogue, challenge perspectives, and dismantle stereotypes amongst viewers within the Villanova community and beyond. More than anything, Brittany is excited to make connections with those in the HIV/AIDS community in South Africa, have meaningful conversations with them, and ultimately tell their stories in an honest and empowering way.      

Brittany Lam

Producer

Brittany Lam is a Senior Communication major and Business minor from Sewell, New Jersey. Brittany is honored and humbled to be a part of One Step Films’ debut documentary as a Producer. She is excited not only for the opportunity to create a film, but also for the chance to create change. She is hoping the film will provoke dialogue, challenge perspectives, and dismantle stereotypes amongst viewers within the Villanova community and beyond. More than anything, Brittany is excited to make connections with those in the HIV/AIDS community in South Africa, have meaningful conversations with them, and ultimately tell their stories in an honest and empowering way.

 

 

 Christie Dor   Writer/Researcher   Christie is an Undeclared Liberal Arts major from Philadelphia, PA with an interest in Communications. Though this is her first documentary, she is fascinated by film making and dabbled a little in the past. She has always been open to learning about new cultures and the different ways of life. So, she is definitely looking forward to working as Writer and Editor for this documentary as it is giving her access to learning about the South African culture and everyday life while portraying their reality.

Christie Dor 

Writer/Researcher 

Christie is an Undeclared Liberal Arts major from Philadelphia, PA with an interest in Communications. Though this is her first documentary, she is fascinated by film making and dabbled a little in the past. She has always been open to learning about new cultures and the different ways of life. So, she is definitely looking forward to working as Writer and Editor for this documentary as it is giving her access to learning about the South African culture and everyday life while portraying their reality.

 Isabel Manfredonia   Line Producer/ Public Relations and Marketing   Originally from Millburn, New Jersey, Isabel is excited to travel beyond borders to South Africa and contribute to a passionate and powerful documentary. She is a Senior Communication and Political Science double major with a French and francophone studies minor. Although her responsibilities include Line Producer as well as Public Relations and Marketing, she is thrilled to be a member of One Step Films as a whole. She hopes this film will spark a productive discussion and defy people’s expectations in terms of a story revolving around HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 

Isabel Manfredonia 

Line Producer/ Public Relations and Marketing 

Originally from Millburn, New Jersey, Isabel is excited to travel beyond borders to South Africa and contribute to a passionate and powerful documentary. She is a Senior Communication and Political Science double major with a French and francophone studies minor. Although her responsibilities include Line Producer as well as Public Relations and Marketing, she is thrilled to be a member of One Step Films as a whole. She hopes this film will spark a productive discussion and defy people’s expectations in terms of a story revolving around HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 

 Ciara Earrey   Director of Photography/Editor   Ciara is a Senior Media Production and Public Relations major from Jacksonville, FL. Ciara’s goal in life is to be a filmmaker, specifically a documentarian. This documentary revolving around the epidemic in West Philadelphia and South Africa serves as a chance for her to realize her dream as well as create a real dialogue about an epidemic that is often “kept quiet”. As DP and Editor, Ciara looks forward to making this documentary intellectually stimulating as well as aesthetically pleasing.      

Ciara Earrey 

Director of Photography/Editor 

Ciara is a Senior Media Production and Public Relations major from Jacksonville, FL. Ciara’s goal in life is to be a filmmaker, specifically a documentarian. This documentary revolving around the epidemic in West Philadelphia and South Africa serves as a chance for her to realize her dream as well as create a real dialogue about an epidemic that is often “kept quiet”. As DP and Editor, Ciara looks forward to making this documentary intellectually stimulating as well as aesthetically pleasing.

 

 

 Samantha Garger  A Senior Communications major and Spanish minor from Farmington, CT. She has a passion for education through storytelling. She is a lover of film and filmmaking because she believes the craft has a unique power to change perceptions and conversations. She will do her part to ensure that this documentary provokes productive discussion and serves as a catalyst for redefining the global stigma of HIV/AIDS. She is honored to be working with such a talented crew and cannot wait to watch the final product evolve into something impactful. 

Samantha Garger

A Senior Communications major and Spanish minor from Farmington, CT. She has a passion for education through storytelling. She is a lover of film and filmmaking because she believes the craft has a unique power to change perceptions and conversations. She will do her part to ensure that this documentary provokes productive discussion and serves as a catalyst for redefining the global stigma of HIV/AIDS. She is honored to be working with such a talented crew and cannot wait to watch the final product evolve into something impactful. 

 Juliana Piscina   Director  Julie is a Senior Media Production Major from Westchester, New York. As Co-Director alongside Pat, she hopes to delve into the political, social and medical climate of the characters in our story. In doing this, Julie hopes to inspire our audience to partake in discussions about the treatment and social acceptance for those with HIV/AIDs, and hopefully help shed light on the actualities of the disease rather than the perceived assumptions. The commitment to this film and this story is her highest priority and she is thrilled to be working with such a passionate, smart and creative team on this amazing project.       

Juliana Piscina 

Director

Julie is a Senior Media Production Major from Westchester, New York. As Co-Director alongside Pat, she hopes to delve into the political, social and medical climate of the characters in our story. In doing this, Julie hopes to inspire our audience to partake in discussions about the treatment and social acceptance for those with HIV/AIDs, and hopefully help shed light on the actualities of the disease rather than the perceived assumptions. The commitment to this film and this story is her highest priority and she is thrilled to be working with such a passionate, smart and creative team on this amazing project.

 


 

 Vincent Thomas   Producer   Vincent Thomas, native of Camden County, New Jersey, is a Senior Communication major with aspirations of being a reputable TV and Film Producer. Although this is not Vince’s first time helping to create a documentary abroad, it is his first time holding the title of Producer, and taking on all of the responsibilities that come with it. He is 100% invested in the story and embracing the mission to evoke positive change that this film hopes to accomplish.      

Vincent Thomas 

Producer 

Vincent Thomas, native of Camden County, New Jersey, is a Senior Communication major with aspirations of being a reputable TV and Film Producer. Although this is not Vince’s first time helping to create a documentary abroad, it is his first time holding the title of Producer, and taking on all of the responsibilities that come with it. He is 100% invested in the story and embracing the mission to evoke positive change that this film hopes to accomplish.

 

 

 Alex Russo     Alex is a Senior Communication Major with a specialization in Public Relations, and a Minor in Spanish from Bellport, New York. She is excited to work with the One Step Films' team in editing and public relations. With some experience in film and production, Alex is eager to work on a film with opportunity to start an important conversation, and the great potential to change people's perspectives. She believes in the advocacy of those whose voices are stifled by dominant groups, and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the production process. 

Alex Russo

 

Alex is a Senior Communication Major with a specialization in Public Relations, and a Minor in Spanish from Bellport, New York. She is excited to work with the One Step Films' team in editing and public relations. With some experience in film and production, Alex is eager to work on a film with opportunity to start an important conversation, and the great potential to change people's perspectives. She believes in the advocacy of those whose voices are stifled by dominant groups, and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the production process. 

 Maddy Lewis  Is a sophomore media production major from West Chester, Pennsylvania. As a new member of One Step Films , she is excited to work on her first documentary project with such a creative and hardworking crew. Maddy hopes to help spread the word on how serious of an issue the treatment and social acceptance of those lliving with HIV/AIDS is, and raise awareness to make difference in the future. 

Maddy Lewis

Is a sophomore media production major from West Chester, Pennsylvania. As a new member of One Step Films , she is excited to work on her first documentary project with such a creative and hardworking crew. Maddy hopes to help spread the word on how serious of an issue the treatment and social acceptance of those lliving with HIV/AIDS is, and raise awareness to make difference in the future. 

 Kerry Caulfield   Director of Photography/Editor   Kerry Caufield is a Senior Media Production and Media Studies major from Chatham, New Jersey. Kerry’s passion lies in both cinematography and editing, two fields she will be working in for One Step Films as DP and Editor. Through these two mediums, Kerry hopes to bring the stories of South Africa and West Philadelphia together to show others that this is a global issue and not exclusive to one area. Kerry hopes the life of this documentary will prove this and change the stigma against HIV/AIDS for years to come.       

Kerry Caulfield 

Director of Photography/Editor 

Kerry Caufield is a Senior Media Production and Media Studies major from Chatham, New Jersey. Kerry’s passion lies in both cinematography and editing, two fields she will be working in for One Step Films as DP and Editor. Through these two mediums, Kerry hopes to bring the stories of South Africa and West Philadelphia together to show others that this is a global issue and not exclusive to one area. Kerry hopes the life of this documentary will prove this and change the stigma against HIV/AIDS for years to come. 

 

 

 Princess Garrett  Line Producer/Multimedia Producer  Reigning from the city of brotherly love, Princess Garrett is Junior Communication and Global Interdisciplinary Studies double major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Film and television has always been something that Princess has been passionate about, but the representation of women in the media is one that fascinates her the most. Through experiences like making this documentary in South Africa, Princess hopes she can learn how to change the misconceptions and stereotypes that exist within society through film. As the Line Producer and Multimedia Producer, Princess hopes to use her abilities to help make this film as impactful and amazing as possible.       

Princess Garrett

Line Producer/Multimedia Producer

Reigning from the city of brotherly love, Princess Garrett is Junior Communication and Global Interdisciplinary Studies double major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Film and television has always been something that Princess has been passionate about, but the representation of women in the media is one that fascinates her the most. Through experiences like making this documentary in South Africa, Princess hopes she can learn how to change the misconceptions and stereotypes that exist within society through film. As the Line Producer and Multimedia Producer, Princess hopes to use her abilities to help make this film as impactful and amazing as possible. 

 

 Faith Wells  A Senior Communication Major and Spanish/Writing and Rhetoric double minor from Philadelphia, PA. Her passion in education and public service sparked her interest to strive to be a legal and human rights advocate for individuals, especially those of low-income and underserved communities. She is intrigued with the role of film and media to shape one's mindset and believes this documentary will play an essential role in keeping society informed of the struggles individuals with HIV/AIDS face in South Africa and hopes it helps to erase the stigma that forms as a result of these issues. She is excited to be a part of this team and believes this documentary will have a profound effect on viewers. 

Faith Wells

A Senior Communication Major and Spanish/Writing and Rhetoric double minor from Philadelphia, PA. Her passion in education and public service sparked her interest to strive to be a legal and human rights advocate for individuals, especially those of low-income and underserved communities. She is intrigued with the role of film and media to shape one's mindset and believes this documentary will play an essential role in keeping society informed of the struggles individuals with HIV/AIDS face in South Africa and hopes it helps to erase the stigma that forms as a result of these issues. She is excited to be a part of this team and believes this documentary will have a profound effect on viewers. 

 Paola Gadala-Maria  Studied Philosophy as a major at Villanova University, minoring in French and Engineering Entrepreneurship, from Miami, Florida. She has functioned as a sound operator and writer for BEFORE WE SLEEP and co-directed ONE IS NO ONE, two documentaries in the Villanova Social Justice Documentary program filmed in India and Costa Rica, respectively. She also wrote and directed a short film SEMICOLON dealing with the destruction and rehabilitation of life and happiness. As a filmmaker, she wishes to shed light on significant social issues in the world that are occurring simultaneously alongside indulgent lifestyles and excessive pleasures. Currently, she works as a Creative Producer for Ekiah Productions, a Philadelphia based production company that specializes in producing both long and short form narrative and documentary films of professional quality that raise awareness by evoking positive social change. 

Paola Gadala-Maria

Studied Philosophy as a major at Villanova University, minoring in French and Engineering Entrepreneurship, from Miami, Florida. She has functioned as a sound operator and writer for BEFORE WE SLEEP and co-directed ONE IS NO ONE, two documentaries in the Villanova Social Justice Documentary program filmed in India and Costa Rica, respectively. She also wrote and directed a short film SEMICOLON dealing with the destruction and rehabilitation of life and happiness. As a filmmaker, she wishes to shed light on significant social issues in the world that are occurring simultaneously alongside indulgent lifestyles and excessive pleasures. Currently, she works as a Creative Producer for Ekiah Productions, a Philadelphia based production company that specializes in producing both long and short form narrative and documentary films of professional quality that raise awareness by evoking positive social change. 

 Pat McNulty   Director   Patrick is a Senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production from Florham Park, New Jersey. Patrick’s love for filmmaking and storytelling is what drew him to the Social Justice Documentary program and he hopes that his passion will greatly influence the success of the film. Patrick’s passion lies within directing and writing and he is very excited to have a creative role within the documentary. As Director, he hopes to spark a genuine discussion about the social stigma surrounding HIV/AIDs and to change the perspectives of those that this film will reach. He is very excited to be directing this documentary alongside Julie and can’t wait for the amazing journey that lies ahead for the crew of One Step Films.       

Pat McNulty 

Director 

Patrick is a Senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production from Florham Park, New Jersey. Patrick’s love for filmmaking and storytelling is what drew him to the Social Justice Documentary program and he hopes that his passion will greatly influence the success of the film. Patrick’s passion lies within directing and writing and he is very excited to have a creative role within the documentary. As Director, he hopes to spark a genuine discussion about the social stigma surrounding HIV/AIDs and to change the perspectives of those that this film will reach. He is very excited to be directing this documentary alongside Julie and can’t wait for the amazing journey that lies ahead for the crew of One Step Films. 

 

 

 Cory Fugale  Sound Production/Production Assistant/Assistant Editor  Cory is a Senior Media Production and Journalism major from Malvern, PA. He is excited to be part of One Step Films as a Sound Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Editor and looks forward to making a documentary that sheds light on an epidemic that is often in the dark to most people.   

Cory Fugale

Sound Production/Production Assistant/Assistant Editor

Cory is a Senior Media Production and Journalism major from Malvern, PA. He is excited to be part of One Step Films as a Sound Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Editor and looks forward to making a documentary that sheds light on an epidemic that is often in the dark to most people.

 

 Sean Fitzgerald   Assistant Director   Sean is a Senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production from Albany, New York. Sean has always been a storyteller, and he’s very excited to broaden his horizons and travel to South Africa to tell the stories cultivating in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is an Assistant Director and looks forward to keeping his mates and the story on track. He’s also one of the Editors and is very excited to cut the footage in a way that does justice to both the interviewees and standards set by One Step Films.

Sean Fitzgerald 

Assistant Director 

Sean is a Senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production from Albany, New York. Sean has always been a storyteller, and he’s very excited to broaden his horizons and travel to South Africa to tell the stories cultivating in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is an Assistant Director and looks forward to keeping his mates and the story on track. He’s also one of the Editors and is very excited to cut the footage in a way that does justice to both the interviewees and standards set by One Step Films.