Our Team

Our team is a triad of experienced healers, warm-hearted and insightful coordinators, and a tirelessly dedicated film crew. Although our skill sets vary, our principles are 100% in alignment. Our mission, first and foremost, is to create a safe and welcoming environment through which a deep understanding of Amazonian and Andean healing traditions can be achieved. Our team was handpicked with an eye on the delicacy of the subject matter being explored.

NICK POLIZZI

PRODUCER

Nick has spent the past four years directing and editing feature length documentaries about holistic alternatives to conventional medicine. Most recently, Nick directed “The Tapping Solution" and co-edited "Simply Raw - Raw for 30 Days". His current role as Producer of "The Sacred Science" stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

DAN BAILEY

PRODUCER

Since graduating from Fairfield University in 2008, Dan has engaged in a handful of independent film and music projects, including several collaborations with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson. While working as a cable news segment producer and booker, he assisted Nick Polizzi on "The Tapping Solution" as an outside technical consultant.  Dan jumped at the chance to work with Nick as a filmmaking partner, pursuing "The Sacred Science" as both a creative venture and a chance to immerse himself in the culture and practices of South American shamanism.

DON BECHIN

MEDICINE MAN

Grandson of a great curandero from a small village about 6 hours via boat from Iquitos in the Northern Peruvian jungle, Don Bechin was introduced to the world of Amazon healing during his early years. In addition to the potential received from his family's healer lineage, Don Bechin became a medicine man and plant expert by going through a tough apprenticeship for decades, doing Dietas (healing and apprenticeship fasts with a wide range of medicinal plants and master teacher plants from the Amazon jungle.)

ROMAN HANIS

MEDICINE MAN

Roman Hanis is dedicated to the study and implementation of the many deep transformative healing methods that have been in use for thousands of years, paying special focus to the construction of intercultural bridges between Amazonian, Andean & Eastern healing spiritual traditions.  Using these very traditions, Roman was fortunate enough to be cured of a terminal, genetic illness 8 years ago. The non-conceptual universal essence of these tools and the wisdom behind them are being integrated into western culture by Roman through his daily healing practices, aimed at providing maximum benefit and the profound re-emergence of ancestral values in our modern world.

EDWIN

MEDICINE MAN

Coming Soon

HABIN

MEDICINE MAN

Coming Soon

MICHELLE ZULAUF

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY + CREATIVE

Michelle has devoted herself to the entertainment world for the past 5 years, working as an Art Director and Designer for networks like HBO, MTV, USA, BRAVO, BBC America and Oxygen, to name a few and also her own company Bklyn Yard Kids.  Over the past year she has followed her heart's calling into the world of natural healing and spirituality, taking on the position of Creative Director of Print and Photography for The Sacred Science, LLC. The opportunity has already opened up many doors, both professional and spiritual, further propelling Michelle along her path as an artist and humanitarian.

BROCK BERTLOFF

CAMERAMAN + EDITOR

Brock Bertloff was saturated with life from an early age while traveling around the country with his circus performer parents. After leaving the elephants and daredevils behind, he studied electrical engineering at Purdue University, before moving to New York City to find himself. While working a million different chaotic jobs in the entertainment industry, he found inner peace through yoga and meditation. Now he turns dreams into movies that strive to tell the world everything is going to be OK.

ALBERTO MARTINEZ

TRANSLATOR + CAMERAMAN

Coming Soon

PEGGY POLIZZI

EDITOR

Peggy Polizzi is our newest addition to the Sacred Science team!

CYNTHIA ROBINSON

Cofounder of The Institute for the Preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous Culture

Cynthia is driven by the concepts of global connectedness, holistic healing practices and sustainability — specifically, incorporating community building, local, sustainable food production, and the preservation of and reconnection with indigenous cultures, along with permaculture design, aimed at resilient, productive systems modeled after natural ecosystems. Currently Cynthia is based in the Amazon where she cofounded The Institute for the Preservation of the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous Culture whose projects include a Permaculture Education Center, Institute for the Study of Indigenous Traditions and Natural Medicine Hospital where the film will be based.

SHARON JOY

EVENT COORDINATOR

COMING SOON!

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