Dave Whitson: A history teacher, formerly at the Overlake School and Lakeside School, Dave has organized a variety of successful and safe student trips, including long-distance walking trips in Spain and Italy, a service trip to Ghana, and Legacy Project trips in Poland, South Africa, and South America. His strengths in literature, history, travel and teaching have shaped the Legacy Project student trips.
Greg Bennick: Co-writer and co-producer of Flight From Death, the film that inspired The Legacy Project, Greg is the multi award-winning creative mind responsible for a number of critically-acclaimed projects that explore the human experience. Flight from Death: The Quest For Immortality, is a seven-time 'Best Documentary' award-winning film narrated by Gabriel Byrne which uncovers death anxiety as a root cause of many of our violent and aggressive behaviors. Flight From Death has been screened throughout the world and is currently used in over a hundred colleges and universities as a means of initiating discussions on aggression and how to curb violence worldwide.
Patrick Shen: Patrick Shen is a multiple award-winning filmmaker whose feature length debut, Flight from Death, received seven 'Best Documentary' awards at film festivals across the US and has screened all over the world. He is the founder of Transcendental Media, an indie motion picture production company dedicated to making films "to agitate the sleep of mankind." Since the mid 1990s, Patrick has served as cinematographer, editor, producer, and director on countless documentaries, commercials, corporate videos, and short films. He accompanied the Legacy Project to Poland in 2007.
Scott Shamansky: Associate producer and assistant trip coordinator Scott Shamansky was assistant to Patrick Shen on the Legacy Project Poland trip. He is currently Associate Producer on The Philosopher Kings, a feature length documentary about the nature of wisdom. His organizational skills, developed from years as a team lead in the IT industry keep The Legacy Project in motion.
Brandon Vedder: Brandon Vedder is an independent filmmaker who has been writing, directing, and producing documentary films for ten years. Principal photographer and main cameraman on the South Africa journey, Brandon's work deals with a wide range of subjects.