Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story

Pamela Tom – Director, Producer

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Pamela Tom – Director, Producer

Pamela Tom is an award-winning filmmaker with a strong interest in the arts and social justice. Her feature debut, Tyrus, premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, was broadcast on the Emmy-nominated season of PBS’s American Masters, and won nine awards. Her critically acclaimed short film, Two Lies, was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and New Directors/New Films and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Tom directed legendary actor Sidney Poitier in a monologue to promote the original Showtime movie, Mandela and DeKlerk. She was a producer on several national PBS series for KCET and has filmed on location in the US, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. From 2000-2009, she was the Director of Diversity at Film Independent where she ran Project:Involve, a mentoring and talent development program for women and filmmakers of color. She received a Walt Disney Writing Fellowship and the Dorothy Arzner Award For Outstanding Woman Director. Tom received her BA with honors from Brown University and her MFA in film and television from UCLA. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Film Fatales.

Joe Fenstermaker – Editor

Joe Fenstermaker is a documentary film editor who began his career in New York City as an Assistant Editor working with award-winning directors Alex Gibney, Lydia Tenaglia, Alison Ellwood and Brett Morgan on numerous feature length documentary films and TV series. Joe worked on films that premiered at the 2013 and 2018 Sundance Film Festival and in 2014 and 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since moving to Los Angeles Joe has been an assistant editor for Oscar winning director Morgan Neville, co-editor on a documentary about family custody rights in Alabama, and editor on Finding Home: A Foster Youth Story. Joe is currently editing a documentary for director Stephanie Soechtig. Joe graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in documentary film.