Big Pup captures the essence of what it means to hold tight to our sense of wonder. As free spirits, we’ve lived numerous lives - street artist, itinerant camper, train jumper, skateboarder. These experiences have given us a front row to peer into the nooks and crannies of the human spirit, those tiny spaces so easily overlooked that really show us what it means to be human. We use our cameras to get our audiences to circle up around the digital campfire and listen to yarns about adventure, about life, and about how we can care more for each other.
Vincent DeLuca has 10 years of filmmaking experience, shooting documentaries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas on human rights issues including human trafficking, sex trafficking, access to clean water, access to medical care, and women’s rights. In addition to his filmmaking experience, Vincent has a law degree and master’s in political science from Duke University. He is an adviser for The Alliance for Migration, Leadership and Development, a Senegalese organization that creates more equitable space for African immigrants in crises by providing training to government officials, members of academia, and private sector leaders. Vincent is completing a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, and is focusing his dissertation on how new forms of cinema can impact human rights.
Ethan is a filmmaker who works on documentary and web content for social justice causes. He graduated from Columbia University with a an M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. As a fellow for the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at the Earth Institute, Ethan researched and wrote about the transnational illicit smuggling network and the smugglers (known as snakeheads) that trafficked children form China to the U.S. He went on to direct Walking Merchandise: Child Trafficking and the Snakehead Trade, a documentary on the same topic, which premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, an Academy Awards qualifying event, and was shown at another four international film festivals. The film brought to light an unknown system of child trafficking, and with it, the potential to address the public health issues associated with such a problem. Besides bringing awareness to the public about the issue, the film also connected disparate groups who had been working independently on the topic without any knowledge of each others' efforts. This acted as a force multiplier and a catalyst to bring interdisciplinary efforts towards the solution, addressing health, mental health, welfare and legal issues for the children.
Josh was raised in Southern California. His interests as a youth were sports and art. At 10 years old, he began to skateboard and that continued for 15 years. In 1995, he moved to Colorado and attended a community college where he studied graphic design and illustration. He graduated in 1997 with two Associates of Art degrees. He then worked as a graphic artist for a company in Colorado Springs. After a few years of working he began attending Colorado State University Pueblo. He received a BFA degree in graphic design. He now lives back in Southern California and operates a small design studio in Vista.
After four years promoting exceptional documentary films from around the world with the non-profit Creative Visions, Jemma has seen the power of media to change behavior. She believes passionately in the human story and how short-form content can inspire people to look at the world in a different way. Jemma Davis graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing and Communications with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management. Her array of work includes social media and website maintenance for a national trade publication, marketing solutions experience for a top international cable channel, and promotional expertise for non-profit events. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY hosting taco parties and dog-sitting any chance she gets.
Karee is a filmmaker, photographer, and a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician. After studying telecommunications and social work at Pepperdine University, Karee served as the Creative Director for Creative Visions Foundation, an organization committed to using storytelling to drive lasting change. She has filmed extensively throughout Central America, Asia and Africa, creating intimate character-driven stories that raise awareness of critical social issues.
Before becoming president of Big Pup, Moose was in charge of office morale at Creative Visions Foundation. He oversees all post production on projects.
He enjoys long walks on the beach, paddle boarding, and the occasional snuggle.