Lauren Ashley Belfer (Producer) is a documentary and television producer with an interest in social interaction and change. After earning her BFA in Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she worked in nonprofits as a grassroots community organizer and ran arts education programs for inner-city youth in New York’s Lower East Side. After years fighting on the front lines, she reevaluated her role as an organizer and refocused her efforts on making revealing nonfiction films aimed toward a wider audience. She earned a Masters certificate in Documentary Media Studies at The New School and has since produced numerous documentary films on subjects ranging from street harassment to gentrification to mixed-orientation marriage. Lauren currently works as field producer on MTV’s groundbreaking documentary television series TEEN MOM 2. In her free time she enjoys bike riding and baking at home in Brooklyn, New York.

Tony Shaff (Director/Producer) is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and former telephone psychic and suicide hotline volunteer.  He has worked in film, television and theater for Showtime Networks, Centre Theatre Group, MTV Networks, Touchstone Pictures and others. His work has screened at festivals across the country, and he received a Student Academy Award Nomination for his film Get Outta Here! A native of Indiana and Florida and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he served as a producer for the groundbreaking MTV docu series Teen Mom 2 and 16 and Pregnant , as well as other specials. HOTLINE is his first feature documentary.

Bryce J. Renninger (Producer) is a film journalist, film programmer, and Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies.  He has worked since 2009 as a staff contributor to Indiewire, where he is tasked with the documentary and filmmaker toolkit beats.  After developing his film programming skills as a programmer for NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival for the four years, he has since branched out, programming the Winter 2011 Films for the Occupation series with Rooftop Films, July 2012's Dirty Looks: On Location with several New York-based curators, and an upcoming video and technology exhibit at Rutgers University called Trans Technology.  Renninger has also served as a consultant for the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access, New Media, and Gucci Funds.  He studied video production and screenwriting in the Television-Radio-Film program at Syracuse University and went on to receive his MA in Cinema Studies at New York University.  He is currently writing his dissertation on digital media’s effect on non-normative sexual and romantic relationships.