Production Team

Deborah C. Hoard


Deborah has been a producer at PhotoSynthesis Productions for 30 years, and president since 2003. Her work in film and video is focused on education and social justice, and has won more than 150 international and national media awards. Deborah recently produced THEY CALL IT MYANMAR: LIFTING THE CURTAIN, which the late Roger Ebert called “a thing of beauty…One of the top 12 documentaries of 2012.” Her feature film CIVIL WARRIORS, the true story of two African-American families from upstate New York whose men fought in the Civil War, is about to be released.  

Rachel Ferro

Co-Director and Editor

Rachel is a graduate of The Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and has been shooting and editing documentary films since 2004. Her work includes; Tell Me The Day Backwards (2013), Prizefighter (2012), Translate (2005) and Birth Work, a documentary series currently in production. Rachel works full time for PhotoSynthesis Productions as an editor and videographer. 

Leah Galant

Associate Producer

Leah is a recent documentary studies graduate from Ithaca College and also serves as an Associate Producer on the PSP film, RE:Thinking. She was named in Variety Magazine’s “110 Students to Watch in Film and Media” for their April 2015 issue and was also featured in Cosmo magazine. Other projects include a short documentary film about a traveling abortion provider The Provider, that won a Student Emmy Award and was screened at SXSW film festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest. Leah hopes to create film projects that move people towards empathy and action through the powerful stories of individuals.  

Mary Lorson


Mary Lorson has released ten studio albums to date, with the groups Madder Rose, Saint Low, the Soubrettes, and the Piano Creeps. Lorson’s songs and voice have appeared in over 30 films and television programs.  She has created live original music for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and the Cornell University dance department, in addition to composing the original score for HBO’s What Remains: the Life and Art of Sally Mann (with Billy Cote), Becky Lane’s web-series The Chanticleer, and Lorson’s own TV premise Old School. In addition to scoring RE: Thinking, Lorson is currently setting to music a chapter of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and is producing her original performance memoir, "Signals" in small theaters and university settings. Her eleventh album, Themes From Whatever, will be released in mid-2016.

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