Lily Cowles is an actor, creator, and swamp-yankee storyteller. As an undergraduate Religion major at Princeton, her study focused on man’s search for meaning; for her senior thesis, she produced a documentary examining Pentecostalism in Mozambique. Earning a Master of Science degree in Visual Anthropology at Oxford was a true triumph for Lily, who had always wanted to be a scientist. Her experience birthed “I Am Anthropology”, a seven-part web series wherein overeducated anthropologist Libby Cole searches for meaning in her own life. While having the enormous fortune of editing films for The Difference Diaries, Lily got an opportunity to move to Los Angeles, where she is currently exploring the other side of the camera.
Emily Sullivan Sanford
Director of Educational and Multi-Media Outreach
Emily Sullivan Sanford was born with achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. For over 15 years she has been speaking and teaching workshops about diversity and difference in pre-schools, high schools and universities. Her writing has been published by Feministing and Johns Hopkins University Press. She lives with her husband in Berlin.
Austin Kase is an award-winning writer, director, and editor of short and feature films, music videos, and commercials. His projects have been featured at film festivals across the country, including the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Portland Film Festival, the Starz Denver Screenwriting Competition, and the Atlantic City Cinefest. Recently, Austin received 2 Telly Awards and an Internet Advertising Competition Award for "Why Music?", a promotional video he wrote and directed for the Yale School of Music. Along the way, he's worked with talented people in all areas of the arts, including Oscar-nominated actor James Franco, Oscar-winning film producer Roger Corman, Emmy-winning composer Garth Neustadter, and Grammy-winning recording artist Paul Simon, as well as actors from the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene and jazz legend Willie Ruff.
My name is Daniel and I am the new intern here at Difference Diaries! I am a junior at Yale majoring in Cognitive Science. My fascination with the human mind and passion for filmmaking brought me together with this incredible organization, and I am so excited to be a part of it.
A little about me. I was raised in Dallas, Texas by my lovely mom and dad. I am still really close with my older sister and love that we can stay in touch even while we're so far apart. I’ve spent the past few summers interning at development companies in Los Angeles and soaking up the sun out West.