Short Film Team Members

Rebecca Stern

Director | Producer

Rebecca Stern is a documentary director, producer, and impact producer. She is the producer of Tre| Maison | Dasan, a feature documentary exploring the lives of children affected by parental incarceration. She was the associate producer of “the bomb,” an innovative installation and film experience which premiered as the Closing Night Event of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Her previous work includes the Academy Award nominated documentary CARTEL LAND. She was a staff member of Picture Motion for 2 years, the leading film impact firm, managing film marketing campaigns for acclaimed documentaries including FOOD CHAINS (2016 BritDoc Impact Award). WELL GROOMED adapts this short, and is her first documentary feature.

Dana Kalmey


Dana Kalmey is a producer and jack of all documentary film trades and more. She was Associate Producer on (DIS)HONESTY - THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES and Production Assistant on E-TEAM. She is currently Associate Producer for feature documentary, TRAPPED, Producer of doc short, WELL GROOMED, and is completing her debut feature-length sports documentary, THE LAST 90 MINUTES. She has lived lives as architect, college soccer coach, and architecture teacher in Cambodia at The Green Gecko Project. Dana holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and a Master of Fine Arts in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts. She guest lectures at New York University and is an avid soccer player in co-ed adult leagues throughout NYC.

Samantha Panger


Samantha Panger is a New York based cinematographer. Her work on short documentaries such as WELL GROOMED and JUST THE MUSCLE traveled the festival circuit in the US and won Best Short at the Toronto Independent Film Festival. Her work with Collective Sex on the short NAMES OF WOMEN has also been on tour around the country and in collegiate settings such as Colgate and Wesleyan inspiring women and their partners to share their stories without judgement. She is currently in pre production with Collective Sex on MERCY MISTRESS a pilot that will explore the world of the kink community through their own stories with an emphasis on honoring marginalized voices. She is also working on a feature doc ALTERATIONS that will explore genetic testing and how it can influence life decisions.