The Mission

Moving Train’s mission is to help documentary filmmakers tell compelling, socially relevant and entertaining stories that become catalysts for change. Through fiscal sponsorship and mentoring Moving Train will demystify and facilitate every stage of the filmmaking process from fine tuning an idea through distribution.


At Moving Train we provide mentorship to our
fiscally sponsored projects in the following areas:

cinematography / editing / storytelling / writing / research / grant-writing / distribution / social media / fundraising / organizing media / delivery / managing / budgets / film festival strategy / social outreach

Film Sponsorship

At Moving Train we provide fiscal sponsorship to documentary filmmakers.


Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity, such as Moving Train, agrees to sponsor a project that furthers our mission, for the purpose of fundraising through grants and donations. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations for your documentary, with the oversight, support and endorsement of Moving Train.

Now, Moving Train and Seed & Spark have partnered to provide a single platform to integrate fiscal sponsorship and online funding campaigns. All projects fiscally sponsored by Moving Train can raise funds on Seed & Spark and offer tax deductions on the funds raised.

Board Of Directors


Dana Nachman

Dana Nachman’s 2015 film Batkid Begins was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries Witch Hunt, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; Love Hate Love, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and The Human Experiment, which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals.  She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, and more than a dozen Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.

Dana is currently in production on a feature documentary called Pick of the Litter which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program (think Spellbound or Hoop Dreams for dogs.) Nachman is also in production on a documentary short called, “Sandman” about a man whose only relief from excruciating chronic pain is to make magnificent sand mandalas that are swept away by the tide hours later.


Don Hardy

Don Hardy is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of KTF Films – a documentary production company based in Northern California. His most recent film, Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents premiered at SXSW in 2015 and is slated for theatrical release in early 2016.

Don is currently in production on a feature documentary called Pick of the Litter which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program, and a documentary about the birth and development of an aid organization in Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the county in 2010.

Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.

Nikki Pope

Nikki Pope is a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi but prides herself on a rather nomadic existence before moving to the Bay Area (for the third time!). She counts among her “hometowns” Chicago, New York, Paris and Vienna. Prior to attending law school, Nikki was a marketing professional in various industries including consumer package goods, telecommunications, digital technologies and software.

Nikki began her legal career as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., after which she joined the Palo Alto office of Cooley LLP where she had a general corporate practice counseling early stage private companies and public companies. Nikki is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bar Associations, a member of the advisory board of the Northern California Innocence Project.

Nikki loves movies and one two her favorite documentary films, aside from those affiliated with Moving Train and KTF Films, are Good Hair featuring Chris Rock and Mad Hot Ballroom.

Adam Steinberger

Adam Steinberger is a California native with a lifelong interest in documentary film. Adam is a licensed CPA and is a Managing Director at the tax and valuation services firm, WTAS LLC, working with with a variety of multinational technology, media and broadcasting companies. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two sons.

Lisa Kim

Lisa Kim is an award winning former journalist with more than 25 years experience in broadcast news on the national and local level. She has worked in San Diego, Chicago, New York and the Bay Area. Among her awards are three Emmys, three Associated Press awards, two APTRA awards and a Radio and Television News Directors award. and It was at NBC Bay Area where Lisa met and worked with Dana, Liza and Don.

Lisa currently is a media relations specialist at Stanford Health Care. She resides in Menlo Park with her husband and two sons.

Liza Meak

Liza Meak is an award-winning broadcast journalist, who has spent her career producing at television stations across the country, including the last 13 years at NBC Bay Area, the NBC owned station in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Most recently, she worked as a producer on the critically acclaimed documentary, Batkid Begins, which was acquired by New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Brothers. The Documentary won audience awards at Cinequest Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Omaha Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, and Rincon International Festival.

Liza also wrote and produced the documentary, Molly’s Journey, for NBC Bay Area, which aired in 2014. The short documentary followed a young mother of two who is living with stage IV lung cancer. Molly’s Journey won two Gracie Awards and a regional Emmy award.

Liza graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Advisory Board

Kristin McCracken

Kristin McCracken is a writer who consults with filmmakers and film festivals on social media, web content, and digital strategy; among others, clients include the Hamptons International Film Festival, 20 Feet From Stardom, Running Wild, and Cinetic/FilmBuff. After 18 years in higher education administration, she changed careers in 2008, eventually becoming Vice President of Digital Media for Tribeca Enterprises (parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival). She has contributed in-depth filmmaker profiles to The Playlist (Indiewire), The Huffington Post, Filmwax Radio, Design Bureau, and Her latest book is entitled “101 Things to Do Before You Turn 40.” She attended both the University of Virginia and New York University. Follow her on Twitter @kmc1213.

Liat Baranoff

Liat Baranoff was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Austin, TX. She studied International Relations and Russian Studies at Brown University. After graduation, she worked for 5 years in marketing, strategy and technical support in New York’s Silicon Alley. In 2001, she changed careers into teaching, earning a masters at Bank Street College of Education. She taught all subjects in middle school for 8 years, focusing on science and world history. She has a passion for working with children to nurture self-esteem, develop critical thinking skills and instill social responsibility.

Today, she is a science curriculum writer and educator for the Bay Area non-profit Science is Elementary, while a busy mom to Sammy, 6, and Mia, 3.

Kyle Matter

Kyle Matter works as an Associate at KKR Capstone, the portfolio operations group of the global private equity firm. He joined KKR after completing his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, Kyle was with Bain & Company, a management consultancy, in the Chicago office where he worked in a variety of industries including consumer products, defense, and education.

In addition to his M.B.A., Kyle holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Grant Lyons

Grant is the co-founder of critically acclaimed design initiative and interactive publishing platform GreenerMags, a collective of designers, digital specialists, editors and contributors focused on creating and publishing original, design-centric storytelling. He is also the editor-in-chief and art director of interactive magazine FRMAG, the pilot magazine publication by the group.

Not satisfied with the existing blog format, Grant recently introduced True & Everlasting, published on a new visual blogging platform by GreenerMags. With a keen interest in student publishing, he serves on the newly-formed advisory committee for the next generation of magazine communications at Wesleyan University and is also an active advisor to JHU Politik, a Johns Hopkins political journal. Grant combines his love for ideas, design and sustainability conceiving and launching new startup brands online. Current projects include FirstRide Cars (Safer, cooler, greener cars) and Tunespotter (Find the music behind the media). Grant continues to identify creative business opportunities around design and sustainable practices. His mission: Do good. Do well.™

Kim Bulger

Kim Bulger is originally from New York and moved to California four years ago when she wanted a change in her life. She has BS in business management and a MA in early childhood/elementary education. She has been teaching preschool for 15 years.

She is thrilled to be a part of the Moving Train organization.

Scott Budman

Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning news reporter, who has covered the business and technology beat at NBC News for 16 years. He is the host and co-creator of the syndicated show Tech Now, and can be heard delivering business updates daily on KNBR radio.

He, along with Don Hardy, co-wrote and co-produced the documentary Sound Man.

Sheila Kaplan

Sheila Kaplan is a prize-winning investigative reporter who focuses on the intersection of politics, money and public health. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Politics Daily, Discover, The Nation, The Washington Monthly, andThe New Republic, among other publications.

Kaplan spent many years in Washington, DC, covering lobbying and money-in-politics for a variety of media outlets, among them: Legal Times, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC on the Internet and PBS. Her documentary, “Justice for Sale,” co-produced with Bill Moyers for FRONTLINE, revealed the corrupting influence of campaign cash on the judicial system. More recently, Kaplan has produced investigative pieces examining the impact of lobbying on public policy, especially on environmental issues, for Dan Rather Reports and for the American University Investigative Reporting Workshop.

A 2001-02 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, Kaplan has won numerous other journalism honors, among them the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Prize for Distinguished Reporting, The Lowell Mellett Award for Media Criticism (now called the Bart Richards Prize), a Screenwriters Guild nomination, and several national Emmy nominations. In 2008-09, she was a lecturer on political reporting at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. From 2008 to 2010, Kaplan was an investigative reporting fellow with the Nation Institute.

Kaplan is now finishing a book exposing how environmental pollutants damage the developing brain – and why the government has failed to protect the public against them. It will be published next year by Nation Books, an imprint of Basic Books.

Kaplan earned a BA at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Journalism degree from University of California, Berkeley.

During her fellowship year, Kaplan will write a monograph on the EPA and will also work to develop a way to measure political and corporate influence at the EPA.