Our Team

Jim Haverkamp Bio

Jim Haverkamp

Jim Haverkamp is a freelance video editor and filmmaker based in Durham. His award-winning short fiction and documentary films have shown at over 50 festivals around the world, including the London Underground Film Festival, The American Dance Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival. He also teaches video production and editing for Duke University’s Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. With his wife, Joyce Ventimiglia, he is the co-founder of Durham’s Strange Beauty Film Festival. Jim considers himself a “story junkie,” and enjoys crafting compelling videos for Nightlight’s wide array of clients.

Alex Maness

Alex Maness

Alex Maness is a photographer, filmmaker, visual artist and general jack of all trades living in Durham. He’s been crafting images with cameras for over 20 years, first as a still photographer and more recently with video. Recent side projects include producing video and audio for theater, and he feels that all of his skills and interests intersect to inform and enhance one another. Alex is a past staff photographer for the Independent Weekly, teaches the DSLR cinematography course at the Center For Documentary Studies, and has worked with advertising, public relations, and editorial clients to produce story-worthy images.


Rachel Baer

Rachel Baer began her career in the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul where she was a production assistant for a kid’s science show on PBS called “Newton’s Apple.”  She worked for several years at the local PBS station producing everything from a kid’s crafting show to a doc-style health and medical series. From there, she hopped over to the world of cable TV–working on series for Discovery Health, DIY and HGTV.  Along the way, she flew all around the country shooting field segments for the Dr. Phil show. After moving to Washington, D.C., she produced several shows for HGTV including “Curb Appeal” and “Real Estate Intervention”. Five years ago, she landed in Chapel Hill where she has continued her career as a freelance producer.


Debbie Hepp

Debbie Hepp is an independent marketing professional who spends her time trying to figure out how to make other people look good. Sometimes she creates websites, marketing plans, and print materials. And then sometimes she takes walks on lovely green golf courses, trying to hit a little white ball. She started drawing and creating from a young age, studied art in college, and then embarked on a career centered around marketing and design. While her skill set is vast, her passion is matching communication strategies and methods to client goals, all within eye-pleasing design. Plus she loves coffee. Contact her at Debbie@ballyhoostudio.com.


Kevin Wells

Kevin Wells is a documentary filmmaker and media educator in Durham, NC. He has over eight years of professional experience as a freelance producer, shooter, and editor. As owner of Emergent Pictures, a video production and post-production company in Durham, NC, Kevin is experienced in working with clients to create media that is engaging and useful. He has also produced projects abroad, in locations such as Italy, Bermuda, and Israel. Kevin currently serves as adjunct lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When he’s not filming or editing, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, watching soccer (come on you spurs!), and fiddling with Aeropress recipes.


Matt Hedt

Matt Hedt is a videographer, gaffer, grip, and “media technician” with 20 years of professional production experience ranging from feature films, to commercial and corporate video, to integrated-media art projects. On the side he enjoys environmental video-art projects and exploring emerging media.


Emily Jean Frachtling

Emily Jean Frachtling is a freelance editor and videographer based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina with a passion for storytelling. In 2013 Emily graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Visual and Media Arts, concentrating in Documentary Production. Though her focus in school has primarily been on the art of documentary storytelling, Emily is also fascinated by the endless creative opportunities found within the world of fiction. In 2011 she collaborated with fellow local filmmakers Liz Levitt and Rory Bradley to create a short rock-opera film called El Caffinato. The film went on to win Best Professional picture in the Carrboro Film Festival and gained acceptances from festivals across the country. Since then Emily, Liz, and Rory have continued to collaborate on other projects under the company title Miner LightProductions. In addition to her freelance work, Emily is currently interning in the programming department of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Erica Rothman

Erica Rothman

Erica Rothman is the owner of Nightlight Productions. She uses her psychotherapy background to understand and capture stories with sensitivity and depth. She has written, produced and directed acclaimed projects, including documentary films that focus on local and global health care, public policy, the arts and humanities. She received a 2007 Gracie Award for American Women in Radio and Television, and key awards at several other film festivals. At the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies, Erica mentored medical residents and Fellows who created documentary projects about their work. She and Jim Haverkamp taught a documentary filmmaking course in Oaxaca, Mexico.