Director | Producer
Rebecca Murga is an award-winning filmmaker who works in Los Angeles as a writer, producer, and director of news and documentary films. She produces and directs short films and feature documentary segments in both English and Spanish. Her work has been featured on Mundo Fox, ABC, CBS, and AFN.
Currently serving as a Captain and Public Affairs Officer in the US Army Reserve, Rebecca has deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. She is a 2014 recipient of the U.S. Army Keith L. Ware Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
Rebecca is a passionate advocate for veterans and women's issues with articles published in The New York Times, The Global Journal, The Morning Call, and San Jose Mercury News, to name a few. She has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," and "The View." Most recently, she was featured on NPR as the director of a short film “War Ink” which tells veteran's war stories through their tattoos.
She was recently selected for the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. Out of hundreds of applicants, only 10 directors were accepted in the 2015 class. Each participant is required to complete a short film by the end of the program that will be screened at an annual showcase for agents, manager, producers, and executives at the Directors Guild Theater in LA in May, 2016.
Co-Creator | Chris Brown
Chris's many roles on War Ink include project director, grant writer, and co-curator. He and Jason shared responsibilities of recruiting participants for the project across the entire state of California.
Chris's work on this project is an outgrowth of his role as senior manager at Contra Costa County Library. He's a Eureka! Fellow, a two-time California Library Association speaker, a Public Library Association speaker, and a consultant for Infopeople. Chris earned an MLIS from San Jose State University, and currently attends the University of San Francisco for his Masters in Public Administration.
"As a community, we face problems that are bigger than any single agency can address. Finding solutions is a collective effort. In War Ink we've brought together a diverse group to address the lack of public cohesion experienced by veterans. In an ideal world, we would all recognize each other as rich and complex people, each deserving of respect and compassion."
Co-Creator | Jason Dietch
Jason is a US Army veteran, a social researcher, and a veteran advocate. He brought his personal and professional experience to the curation of War Ink. He also served as the primary recruiter for and liaison to the veteran community.
Apart from War Ink, Jason is part of the Program in Rehabilitative Neuroscience, which is jointly run by the University of California, Berkeley and the VA Medical Centers of Martinez and San Francisco. He also is a consultant to Joining Forces, a White House initiative to better assist veterans in their transition home. Jason received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of California, Berkeley.
"Human beings need community. In order to have community, you must have meaningful relationships. In order to have meaningful relationships, you must establish meaningful communication built on shared understanding. Communication has broken down between military and civilian cultures. Without shared understanding, the men and women who have served cannot come all the way home."