Into The Storm

A Documentary Film | Formerly Recovering Irma

The Team


Sandra Salas - Director, Writer, Producer

Sandra Salas’s on-going work on her feature documentary, A Journey Into the Storm formerly Recovering Irma, has garnered funding and creative support from the Sundance DFP Fund and the Kendeda Fund, Firelight Media, nextPix Humanistic Media Award, NALIP/Latino Media Market, NALIP/LAMP Fellowship, and the NALIP/HBO LPA Fellowship. An award-winning writer, she writes shorts and features, produces and directs promos, internet content, and previously produced and directed a docu-style TV pilot. Salas also works behind the scenes on digital content, commercials, promos, films, television shows, and print ads. In 2001, she received her MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI), earning many honors and accolades for her work. A native Angeleno, she’s based Los Angeles and is the Director of Post Production at POPSUGAR Studios. On the weekends, she can be found hiking Runyon Canyon with her Schnoodle Frankie Lou or skateboarding down Sunset Boulevard in search of a great cup of coffee and a gluten-free treat.

Dwjuan F. Fox - Producer


Dwjuan has been immersed in the arts his entire life. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, where he majored in painting, ceramics and wood cut. In college at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dwjuan traded storytelling in a single frame for multiple frames in film. He has worked his way up from a production assistant to having over eighteen feature credits as a Producer. His most current Producer credits include the 2017 Sundance Midnight Series premier of XX, and 2014 premier of Virtually Heroes. Dwjuan’s credits also include: Holidays (2016), About Scout (2015), Ask Me Anything (2014) Line Producer on James Toback and Alex Baldwin’s documentary, Seduced and Abandon (2013) and documentary feature, The Rescuers which was nominated for a 2012 Image Award. Dwjuan obtained his master’s degree in producing from the prestigious American Film Institute. He has been the recipient of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association, Bank of America and Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Awards. Dwjuan is also a former US Military Army Officer and former line producing instructor at UCLA Extension.

Joie Estrella Horwitz  - Associate Producer//Editor

Joie Estrella Horwitz is an LA based creative working as a director, editor and producer. From executive and personal assistant to an A-list actor working as his research assistant on the new film ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to the Marketing Director for the arts, culture and political publication ‘The Brooklyn Rail’ her innovative background coupled with her deep appreciation for film and media production attempt to bring inclusion into modern day storytelling. Her past experience in documentary and narrative film afforded her the learning experience on how to use film as a tool for social advocacy.

As a filmmaker, writer and curator her work illuminates the multi-dimensional complexities surrounding womanhood. Her films conceptually portray the true depth and layering of women with diverse cultural identities working to elucidate female and cultural self-hoods. Last March for Women's History Month she curated the screening series ‘Platform’ showcasing emerging female filmmakers work at the West Hollywood Public Library. Currently she is working as the Story Editor on the documentary ‘A Journey Into The Storm’. which is about ending the cycles of domestic violence in the United States.

Don Thompson - Executive Producer


Don Thompson (executive producer) - Don has over 15 years of production experience, having produced, co-produced and/or co-funded over 16 feature films, many of which have received international recognition and acclaim. Projects have included his debut film Clouds, the Sundance award-winning documentary Tibet in Song and Hal Hartley's Ned Rifle, starring Aubrey Plaza.
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David Waldman - Director of Photography

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David’s work in HD on the films, “Embryo” and “June and Orlando,” earned him the Emerging Cinematographer Award in 2005 and 2006 from the International Cinematographers Guild. “Embryo” also earned him a Best Cinematography award at the 2005 HDFest. David worked with Director John Landis on the Emmy Award-winning, “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project” and shot “Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!” for Peabody Award-winning Director Aviva Kempner. He shot the feature film, “Beach Kings” for MGM and was the DP on the Starz Network series, “Head Case.”  He has also shot numerous commercials and music videos throughout the US and Japan. David received his MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in 2001.

Tina Banchero - Associate Producer


Tina Banchero is a feminist producer, choreographer and activist. She began her activism for women’s rights and health care while working for Planned Parenthood of Western New York. Tina toured and performed with the feminist based dance company the Dance Brigade for 15 years and co-founded and directed their award winning junior company the Grrrl Brigade. Tina has produced, directed and choreographed for the One Billion Rising events SF/Oakland/Los Angeles, the opening ceremonies for the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival and the Light in the Grove Benefit for the National AIDS Memorial. Other choreography credits include; Trolley Dances SF, the Porazone Music project, Scalpel the Musical, Malfa Music Videos and Devious Inc. Movies. Tina most recently produced a month-long series of events in conjunction with the city of West Hollywood for women's history month called Women Manifest. These sold out events celebrated the artistic achievements of women artists in Los Angeles. Tina is committed to co-creating a world where education regarding domestic violence and access to resources for everyone affected by domestic violence, is available to all.  

Website imagery by: Roberto Salas "Dia de los Muertos Altar/Art Installation", Escondido, California