About

At Living on One, we’re building a more equitable and sustainable world through film.

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, we’ve had the privilege of meeting incredible people from all walks of life, and to share those experiences with you through film. We’ve made short and feature documentaries on Netflix, digital series, virtual reality films, curriculums, and an interactive web experience for Google. All of our work is designed to change lives.

Our journey getting here has been typically a-typical. Our first film Living on One Dollar, was mostly unexpected. What began as a fascinating research project about how a billion people survive on $1 a day, resulted, a couple difficult years later, in a film that was featured on the homepage banner of Netflix. The reaction has amazed us. Beyond informing and inspiring viewers, thanks to little donations from people like you, over $750,000 has been given to education and microfinance work in the village in which we filmed!

As time went on, we kept coming back to one issue that was too big to avoid — Syria. To better understand the reality facing the millions of Syrian refugees, we embedded as the first filmmakers ever to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp. The resulting feature film is called Salam Neighbor. We think it’s intimate, raw, and solution-oriented. It’s up on Netflix, and it’s aim is to challenge misconceptions around refugees. You can get involved here.

After doing hundreds of screenings and events with the film, including on Capitol Hill and at Homeland Security, we were lucky to get to collaborate with Google and the UN Refugee Agency to create Searching for Syria, an immersive online hub that answers the world’s top searched questions about Syria. The project was featured on the homepage of Google and reached over 5 million people in the first two weeks!

Moving forward, we will continue to apply our unique approach to stories that inspire us — creating films and campaigns that matter. And of course, we will update you on the families and stories we’ve already told, and the impact that your actions have made.

Join us on our newsletter and social if you want to be challenged, informed, and involved in pressing global issues. And if you’re interested, we would love to collaborate, share our films, speak at your events, or find other ways to tangibly move us towards a better world together!

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.

Jawaher Abul-Hamayel Director of Social Media and Audience Development

Jawaher is from Saudi Arabia, and has a background in communications, writing and social media. She pioneered a communications group within Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, and then moved on to niche public relations firms. Her experience has made her adaptable within different cultures and dynamics. She is trilingual and quick on her feet.

She currently manages all Living On One social channels and works to expand our audience, making our impact relatable and accessible to all.

She enjoys creative writing, is a certified Scuba diver and likes animals more than people.