Before I Was
Reinventing oneself is a classic American paradigm. The experimental documentary Before I Was is an account of people who make—or are forced to make—the radical decision to disappear and fully disconnect from their pasts. Through their stories, the film offers a poetic meditation on privacy, identity and the power of memory.
Robert Bahar is the Emmy-award winning Producer/Writer of the documentary Made in L.A., which premiered on PBS’ P.O.V. series and screened at 85 film festivals and more than 600 community and faith-based screening events. Made in L.A. received an Emmy, the Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, the Henry Hampton Award and nominations for the Pare Lorentz, Alma and Imagen awards. Bahar previously produced and directed the documentary Laid to Waste, about a community’s fight against environmental racism. He has line-produced and production managed independent films including Diary of a City Priest, which premiered at Sundance, and Pittsburgh, starring Jeff Goldblum, which premiered at Tribeca. In addition, he is Director/Co-Founder of Doculink, an online community of over 3,500 documentary-makers and has served on the Board of the International Documentary Association. He holds an MFA from The Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, which he attended on a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
Born in Madrid, Spain, Almudena Carracedo is the Emmy-award winning Director/Producer of Made in L.A., a feature documentary about the transformation of three Latina immigrants as they struggle for their rights. Praised by the New York Times as ”an excellent documentary…about basic human dignity,” the film premiered on PBS’ P.O.V. series and received numerous awards including an Emmy, the Henry Hampton Award and the Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. Previously she directed the short documentary Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions, a film essay on Tijuana as a border town, which won the Sterling Award at Silverdocs. Carracedo is a 2010 United States Artists Fellow and the recipient of the ESTELA Award from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). In 2011 she received an honorary doctoral degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in recognition of her work. She serves on IFP’s Advisory Board, has served as a juror at numerous film festivals, and has lectured and served as a panelist at universities and conferences across the country.