TOD HARDIN | Director/Co-Writer
Tod is the COO of Plastic Oceans International, where his duties include co-leading the organization's film development efforts. He served as Executive Director of the Detroit Docs International Film Festival for three years, and has also written and produced a variety of short films. AGAINST THE CURRENT marks his directorial debut.
ERIK ALEYNIKOV | DOP & Editor
Erik is a highly experienced cinematographer and editor, producing award-winning commercials and marketing content for agencies on three continents. AGAINST THE CURRENT is his first documentary film project.
JULIE ANDERSEN | Producer
Julie is the CEO of Plastic Oceans International and a lifelong public health advocate focused on the communication of science and disruption of societal barriers to protect human health and the environment from the negative effects of industrial development. She has produced several documentary films and co-leads film development at Plastic Oceans.
WILLIAM PFEIFFER | Producer
William is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Globalgate Entertainment, and a Senior Advisor to Lionsgate. He is a pioneer of local-language film and television content production, distribution and TV channels.
ADAM RACKOFF | Executive Producer
Adam is a former Apple marketing executive, podcaster, and two-time Webby Award-winning filmmaker with over 30 credits to his name, including Bill Plympton’s CHEATIN’, the New York Times web series, TRUMP BITES, and the political documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD.
JACOB TARDIEN | Original Score
Jacob Tardien is a French music composer. He trained initially as a pianist before moving into composition. He studied musical analysis, harmony, composition and orchestration at the Paris Conservatory. He composed music for many movies, TV films and documentaries, selected in different international festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival. In 2020 he received the Award for the Best Soundtrack in the Sci-fi Film Festival of Berlin.
MARK MINNEBOO | Associate Producer
Mark is the Regional Director of Latin America for Plastic Oceans International and is widely considered one of the foremost experts on circular economy principles. He speaks regularly at conferences around the globe and also oversees the BlueCommunities program that Plastic Oceans launched in 2021.
VIVIANA PINTO | Associate Producer
Vivi has been in a leadership role at Plastic Oceans Chile since 2018 and recently was appointed as its Executive Director. She has a degree in Environment and Biodiversity which she puts to good use in working tirelessly to reduce plastic pollution and protect all ecosystems within Chile.
KARL "WOFTY" OFTEBRO | Assistant DOP
Wofty is a videographer, photographer and storyteller. He helps athletes and sportsman start and grow a YouTube Channel using Digital Marketing techniques that he has perfected over the past several years.
BRANDON SUGIYAMA | Motion Graphics Designer
Brandon is a visual storyteller, director, designer, animator, and editor. He has over 10 years of experience working with award-winning agencies and also with clients such as TED Conferences, The Documentary Group, The New York Times, and The U.S. Olympic Committee producing work for feature-length documentary films and high profile events. His work has been seen in Game of Thrones, Into the Badlands, and Free Solo.