The Team

Katharine Brainard
Bethesda, MD, USA
Writer and Interviewer

Katharine Brainard, who holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, wrote “Railroad in the Sky: the Guayaquil & Quito Railway in Ecuador, 1897-1925,” (2007) Quito, Ecuador: Desarrollo de la Educación Universitaria (CODEU), published in English and Spanish editions.

Katharine’s art quilts have been shown nationally and internationally, and have been included in several Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits (SITES), and in shows at the Renwick Museum in Washington, DC, and the American Craft Museum in New York. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines including: People, Harper’s, Smithsonian, Star, Women’s Day, and Quilters’ Newsletter. She has been featured on local and national television and radio programs including: CBS Nightwatch, CBS Morning News, the PBS Great American Quilt Series, and National Public Radio.

Katharine’s interests include writing, toy camera photography, orchids, and nature. She has traveled extensively, including Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Wales, China and Tibet, Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Nassau, and the Dutch Antilles Islands.

Sandy Patch
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sandy Patch has worked in the film industry for almost ten years. He has worked as a colorist, editor, engineer, and consultant. His television credits include The Electric Company (PBS), Inside Straight Edge (National Geographic), The Dark Ages (History), Engineering an Empire (History) and Nature: Silence of the Bees (PBS). His documentary credits include In a Dream (Audience Award, SXSW 2008), No End In Sight (Special Jury Prize, Sundance 2007), Be Like Others (Sundance 2008) and My Kid Could Paint That (Sundance 2007).

In 2003 Sandy edited the short documentary Delicacy of Despair, which follows an undercover investigation of the largest foie gras farms in the United States. The documentary and following campaign led to legislation to ban the production of foie gras in California. In 2005 he edited the award winning feature length documentary Anytown, USA, which travelled the country in film festivals and culminated in a theatrical release.

He has also taught classes regularly at The Edit Center, a New York editing school, ranging from editing technique to visual effects and color correction.

Originally from Maryland, Sandy started his career working on independent films in New York. Most recently he worked at Company 3, a Santa Monica and New York based post production house, where he headed their new digital laboratory and helped develop 3D workflows on such productions as Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers and Fright Night.

Araby Williams
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Multimedia Producer / Independent Filmmaker

Araby Williams creates, produces and edits front-page online video content for the Wall Street Journal. She has previously edited for National Geographic Explorer, Inked (A&E), Tattoo Fixation (A&E), and #1 Single! (E! Entertainment). She has co-directed numerous shorts for the Bicycle Film Festival, and won best in show at Brooklyn’s bi-annual cycling film festival, BIke Shorts. She recently finished cutting Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision, a documentary about the artist, and is in production on her own feature documentary, SAIL.

Araby grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and attended the Arts High School in Golden Valley, MN. From there she went east, to the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a BFA in Film, Animation, Video. Her other interests include super8 film, animation, photography, bicycling, and the outdoors.

Katie Patch
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Artist / Illustrator

Katie Patch graduated from the Rhode Island school of Design where she received a BFA in illustration. She studied art and art history in a European Honors Program in Rome where she filled sketchbooks with the saints that saturate the city. She has also studied photography in Paris, done volunteer work on the Galapagos Islands, attended a summer program at the Pratt Institute in New York and studied for a summer in Spain. She is originally from Maryland and her interests include printmaking, animation, and artist’s books.

Rodrigo Donoso
Riobamba, Ecuador
Guide and Translator

Rodrigo Donoso is a well-known mountain climber and guide. He has climbed the highest mountains of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. He has been working with tourists for 22 years, making dreams come true. His company, Alta Montaña, is highly recommended by the Lonely Planet, Foot Print to Ecuador, Le Guide Du Routard, and many other tourist books. Rodrigo has guided tours for both National Geographic and MTV sports.

For years, Rodrigo has run the Whymper Refuge on Ecuador’s Chimborazo Mountain, and the scenic Urbina railway station on the slopes of Chimborazo as an acclimatizing stop for climbers. Rodrigo has pet llamas and raises guinea pigs. He also raises eco-crops at high altitude. He is fluent in Spanish, Quechua, and English.

Prior to opening Alta Montaña, Rodrigo guided for the largest tour operator in Ecuador, Metropolitan Touring, for 12 years. He has lived and worked in the USA for 10 years. Rodrigo was born in Banos, Ecuador, and currently lives in Riobamba.