Flex Is Kings

Deidre Schoo 
Director/ Producer

Deidre Schoo is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Her film projects include BKLYN FLEX, a series premiering in 2012 commissioned by Thrash Lab - a programmer of original content on YouTube. She's also director, producer and cinematographer on Flex is Kings, a forthcoming documentary on Brooklyn street dance that is represented by Visit Films. She spent much of the fall documenting Kuduro acts from Angola as they toured various European cities. In addition to her film work, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Deidre's work has been recognized by various organizations and publications, including Photo District News and National Geographic.

Ryan Hancock
Additional Camera/ Co-Producer

Ryan Hancock is an artist and musician based in New York City.  He recently served as cinematographer for Flex Is Kings.  He's also served as art director for various music videos, worked as a sculpture fabricator, run a small custom cabinet and furniture shop, been a night clerk in a convenience store, done door-to-door sales, herded cattle as a farmhand, and driven a horse-and-buggy.  Ryan's work has been published internationally in various art and culture magazines such as Oh Comely, F5, and VUU Collective's Super Special.  He is currently scoring a short film about artist Bryan Lewis Saunders and handling props and special effects in tabletop food commercials.

Michael Beach Nichols
Director/ Producer

Michael Beach Nichols is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His first feature documentary, The Man Behind the Curtain, had its premiere at the Globians Doc Fest in Berlin. He's served as Associate Producer/Editor on several projects for Blowback Productions and Brick City TV, including Brick City, the Peabody Award-winning 11-part Sundance Channel doc series and HBO's Prayer for a Perfect Season. Recently, he co-directed BKLYN FLEX, a youtube series for Thrash Lab, as well as documented Angolan street dancers in Luanda and on a European tour. He serves as director, producer, cinematographer, and co-editor on Flex Is Kings, his second feature documentary.

Joshua Woltermann 
Sound Mixer/ Co-Producer

Joshua Woltermann has worked with some of the industry’s most respected contributors including Bill Moyers, Ric Burns, and Errol Morris.  Woltermann received his BA in film from New York University and completed his masters at the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida.  In 2010, The Man Behind the Curtain, co-directed with Michael Nichols, debuted at the Globions Documentary Festival in Berlin.   Joachim Polzer called Woltermann a young filmmaker to watch, saying he "shows an intrinsic talent for going really deep to understand the human condition."  A native of Kentucky, Woltermann lives and works in New York City.

Christopher K. Walker
Editor/ Producer

Christopher K. Walker has worked on feature and short documentaries as well as television series. Triangle: Remembering the Fire, a short documentary memorializing the people who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 through interviews with descendants, aired in March 2011 on HBO and won the prestigious Columbia duPont Award for excellence in journalism. Hard Times: Lost on Long Island (Editor/Associate Producer), a feature doc. on the human fallout of the Great Recession, premiered at the 2011 Hampton's International Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary, later airing on HBO to critical acclaim. Recently Chris has edited content for Os Kuduristas, a project on Angola's "kuduro" music and street dance scene.