producer/ Director

(Director/ Executive Producer/ Editor) Kristine Weatherston is originally from Detroit, MI and she is a HELLP syndrome survivor.  She holds a BA in Film Studies and an MA in Media Arts, both from Wayne State University.  She earned her doctorate in 2014 from Virginia Commonwealth University in the interdisciplinary Media, Art and Text PhD program.  She is an assistant professor at Temple University in the Department of Media Studies and Production where she teaches documentary production, television studies, producing and directing for TV, music video, and creative scriptwriting.  Kristine lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.  She is a fan of Hungarian cuisine, listening to vinyl, and all things nonfiction.  Click here to see her 2014 documentary, American Boy. 

Kristine Weatherston


Tamerah Slaughter

(Co-Producer/ Skype Interviewer) Tamerah grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and is a recent graduate of Temple University, where she earned her BA in Media Studies and Production. 


Formally, she's interned for WHYY's Friday Arts television program, She currently works as a Digital Marketing Specialist. She has a penchant for watching far too much bad TV and hanging out with her three-legged cat. She is looking forward to delving further into the world of media production and exploring women's health issues as a co-producer on the project. 

Thea Chaloner

 (Co-Producer/ Studio Interviewer) Thea is a multimedia producer and adjunct professor, with an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She has a decade of experience in public radio (WQXR; KCRW 2003-2009), most recently as Contributing Producer for Meet the Composer, featured on Radiolab.


She's freelanced for This American Life,
StoryCorps, The Washington Post, and KCRW, and works commercially as a voiceover actress. Her radio stories include a feature on a Hollywood gun wrangler, a visit to a prison culinary program, and a personal account of her relationship with her iPhone. She likes stories that make you stop washing the dishes and lean in. 

Lisa Levonian

(Studio Camera) Lisa graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a BA in Media Studies and Production.  She is passionate about making documentaries and is compelled by the stories uncovered.


When not chasing after her young son, she is usually found behind a camera and listening to podcasts.  She is excited to be assisting in this project to bring light to those that have been affected by preeclampsia.

Production Assistants

Matt Kasznel is a graduate student earning his Masters degree in media studies and production at Temple University. He studied journalism and economics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, but otherwise, he’s spent his life in and around the Delaware Valley. He'd like to work in radio or an athletic department someday; until then, he spends his free time writing, playing guitar, and watching far too much football.

Celia Batista is a graduate student earning a degree in journalism at Temple University.  Originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, Celia's has a rich background in documentary production, as well as producing and editing.  After finishing her undergrad studies, she joined Anthares Multimeios, a documentary production company, where she participated in a documentary about the native Guarany tribe in Brazil and South America.  She is excited to join the Under Pressure team and to apply the way Brazilians use their good sense humor to help them through difficult moments in life to the development of our documentary narrative.  

 Soyun Shin is a filmmaker studying cinematography in Film and Media Arts as well as Media Business in Media Studies and Production at Temple University. She has participated in several small productions making shorts, a web series, and music videos. She worked for an online series Grimoire, and for 850 Films which produces music videos for independent artists. Recently, she worked on three different shorts, one of them dealing with anxiety in everyday life. 

Ze Yu is a senior at Temple University majoring in Media Studies and Production and minoring in Digital Media Technologies. Originally from China, Ze has broad interests in media production. She enjoys working in audio and video environments because she believes auditory sense is just as important as visual perception for people. She also likes new digital media technologies such as augmented reality and website development.  In her spare time, she likes to listen to instrumental music. 

Eli LaBan (Production Assistant/Research Assistant/Camera) is a Media Studies and Production student at Temple University. He has produced several documentaries, his most recent project is a documentary about the post-apartheid underground music scene in South Africa. He aspires to use compelling digital storytelling to spread important information and ideas to a wide audience, and he is excited to be involved with this important project. He loves horror movies, making music, and finding offbeat stories.

Eli is also the lead Editor for Under Pressure, and I owe him significant credit for helping me complete this film in July 2018. 

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