Leslie Silver is a clinical psychologist who conceived of the idea for this film thirty
years ago when she was working as a social worker, helping people in need connect to services in New York City and San Francisco. After earning a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, Leslie received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Leslie has worked in a variety of settings including hospital psychiatry departments, community mental health clinics, schools, and alongside police officers on mental health crisis calls. She currently has a private practice in Northern California. Throughout her career, Leslie has been moved by the stories she has heard and images she has witnessed from the people who have fallen the furthest and who have the least. Leslie is uniquely positioned to tell the Sheltered Mercy story. She knows how to get people to share their stories, and understands the social service and political systems that the poorest among us have to navigate. Leslie is persistent in her quest to get the truth behind the stories of the homeless to a broad audience. Through artful storytelling, Leslie believes she and her team can elevate the dialogue around the homeless issue and instigate effective policy change.
Director/Producer Sean Pamphilon is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced and directed short-form content, short films and feature-length documentaries for more than a quarter century. His feature-length documentaries have included Playing with Rage, a story about women’s football players, and The United States of Football, a cutting-edge examination of the head trauma crisis plaguing America’s most popular sport. He won Emmy, Peabody and IDA awards for Run Ricky Run, an all-access exploration of NFL star Ricky Williams’ abrupt retirement that was part of ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series. In addition to Sheltered Mercy, Sean currently is writing, producing and directing four other feature-length documentaries: Father’s Day, a story about a journey he takes with his sons while coming to terms with the death of his own father; Crying Out Loud, a film about polarizing NFL star and social activist Michael Bennett; Surrender to Win, which details former Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich’s struggle with addiction; and Playing Out, which explores a flag-football league comprised of openly gay players. Sean’s storytelling is genuine and uncompromising. His innate ability to get close to his characters exposes an intimate truth to paint visually poignant landscapes.
Phillip Grove is a 2016 Cum Laude graduate of Occidental College, where he studied film and digital media. Phillip’s experience ranges from producing and directing short films and promotional videos, to working as an editor and cameraman on feature-length documentaries. In addition to his work on Sheltered Mercy, Phillip is currently filming and editing three feature-length documentaries.