About

Jody Kemmerer’s documentary, Sky Dancer, stems from her interest in Tibet which began in 2000 after she visited a Tibetan refugee settlement in Northern India. Ever since, she has been working to develop and gather support for monasteries, schools, health clinics and retreat centers in Eastern Tibet. Kemmerer has focused her work with Tibetans on empowering young women. She decided to produce a film about a strong female role model to inspire Eastern and Western audiences alike. She is also the founder of the Tibetan Women’s Health Initiative, a program aimed at lowering the high mortality among new mothers and infants in Tibet. Kemmerer began making films in 2003 in New York City under award-winning documentarian Nina Rosenblum. Sky Dancer is her directorial debut.


Andre Lambertson is a New York based photojournalist who is committed to documenting stories of hope, healing and transformation. He creates aware-winning photo essays on social issues for magazines, books, foundations, advocacy organizations, and art museums such as Time, Life, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The Ford Foundation, The George Soros Foundation, The International Center of Photography, The Smithsonian. Lambertson has received three Picture of the Year Awards, The World Press Photo Award, George Soros Media Fellowship, and the Pulitzer Center Grant for work about child soldiers in Ghana. alambertson.com and andrelambertson.com


Carla Ruff is an award-winning editor whose credits include many documentaries about women in developing regions of Asia. She won “Best Editor” at the 2007 Brooklyn International Film Festival for “Daughters of Wisdom” (Dir. Bari Pearlman), a film about Buddhist nuns in a remote Tibetan monastery. Educated in film form NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Carla is also a filmmaker and a 2009 fellow in film from New York Foundation for the Arts. carlaruff.com




Peter Buffett is an Emmy Award-winning musician with an acclaimed career that spans more than 28 years as a professional songwriter, producer, artist, performer, recording engineer, independent label owner and composer for film and television. peterbuffett.com




Tashi Phuntsok has been a tour guide to researchers, filmmakers, photographers, explorers and backpackers throughout Tibet. Having been a monk for 15 years, Tashi Phuntsok is highly educated in Tibetan Buddhism, the history of the Tibetan plateau, and the ancient and modern culture of all Tibetan regions. He is passionate about Tibetan music, photography and film. Tashi Phunstok is also an experienced photographer and videographer who enjoys shooting remote landscapes and documenting the daily life of Tibetans nomands. He lives in the city of Xining where he owns and operates a successful travel and tour company Travel Wild Tibet. travelwildtibet.com