About

Living on One is a production and social impact studio that creates films and educational videos to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues.

Our journey began in 2010 when, as four university students, we took two cameras and spent our summer living on $1 a day in a rural Guatemalan village. Our academic and professional understanding of economic development didn’t prepare us for what we would go through. We battled intense hunger, parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers. But the strength of our neighbors and friends gave us hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.

While in Guatemala, we released short YouTube videos about the experience to help our friends learn alongside us in real time. The videos quickly received over 700,000 views, inspiring us to complete a feature-length film, Living on One Dollar, to mobilize others to help end extreme poverty. After graduating, we hit the road for four months in a renovated 1978 school bus to share the film around the U.S.. The tour events sold out in 20 major cities and culminated in an extended interview on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose.

To our amazement, the film has since won Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and the Director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross.

Continuing our mission, in 2012 we launched Living on One, a production and social impact studio, that creates films and educational videos to raise awareness and inspire action around pressing global issues.

About the Team

Zach Ingrasci Executive Director, Co-Founder

Despite being a chronic doodler, Zach never expected to be a filmmaker. From farming radishes on less than $1 a day in rural Guatemala to living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp, he hopes to bring new perspective to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Zach and his co-founder Chris directed, produced and starred in Living on One Dollar and Salam NeighborBoth films can be found globally on Netflix.

He was recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as a top 100 visionaries of 2015 by WPO/YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine and was awarded the 2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award. Check his Instagram for daily doodles. Read more here.

Chris Temple Executive Director, Co-Founder

Chris is an award-winning humanitarian, activist and filmmaker. With his co-founder Zach, Chris produced, directed, and starred in the films, Living On One Dollar and Salam Neighbor, which embed him into some of the world’s most complex issues and environments. Both films are available globally on Netflix.

He has spoken at the United Nations, TEDx, and on CBS This Morning, and his work has been featured in The New York Times and Variety. He was recognized alongside Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie as one of the Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by WPO/YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine and was accepted by the U.S. State Department into the American Film Showcase. While he no longer has the accent, Chris is 100% British. Read more here.

Sean Kusanagi Director, Editor / Co-founder

Director and editor, Sean Kusanagi is fascinated by the fleetingness of one’s memory and the power of film to capture, document and inspire.

Sean brings a powerful narrative and kinetic style to every film. He loves the balance between sound, visuals, and pacing that creates the harmony of an original story.

Sean has done films for Workhouse Creative, Spot Welders, Living on One, and Seattle music duo, Odesza.

Currently he lives in Seattle and enjoys bánh mì sandwiches.

Hannah Gregg Director, Colorist

As Co-Director of Living on One’s The Change Series and short film Rosa, Hannah brings a storytelling voice that connects with students and teachers alike.

Her recent projects include work as a professional colorist and development of a documentary and movement empowering young women to pursue their career ambitions.

Her favorite flowers are gladiolus. Just like her mother.