flush: Behind the scenes

Film Credits & Bios

FLUSH - The Documentary

Director and Producer: Karina Mangu-Ward


Karina Mangu-Ward is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and media producer. She uses non-fiction film, interactive content, and social networking to spread big ideas. Her feature documentary FLUSH raises awareness about how toilets and sewer systems work in the US, and increases citizen advocacy for more sustainable solutions at the local level. She has directed content and strategy for ArtsFwd.org, a platform for arts and culture leaders about innovative new approaches to the persistent challenges facing the sector. She produced “Made Here” (www.madehereproject.org), an online documentary project featuring 30 short films about the life/work balance of New York City artists, featured on Hulu. Her work also includes a webseries, short films, and commercial advertising. MFA Columbia. AB Harvard College.

Writers: Karina Mangu-Ward, Maxine Trump

Maxine Trump worked as the writer and editor of FLUSH and has directed two feature documentaries of her own. TO KID OR NOT TO KID, due for release in 2018 breaks the myth that if you don't have children you're weird selfish or somehow wrong. Her last feature documentary Musicwood, was a New York Times Critics' Pick, a festival award-winner and played in theaters, on airlines and TV networks around the world. Maxine has directed short documentaries for the TV network TNT, Sundance Channel, BBC, TLC etc. She worked for the BBC in London for seven years as a development executive for scripted comedy before emmigrating to the USA, working as a TV commercial director and producer for eight years. She won BDA awards for her work on numerous commercial projects for Network TV and agency clients, including AMC, National Geographic, PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, American Cancer Society, L'Oreal, Oreos etc. 

Maxine is on the selection committee for DOC NYC and Nantucket film festival, a Manhattan chapter leader of the Non-profit film group Filmshop, the author of the documentary guide "Diving into Documentaries" and teaches documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, She holds an MFA from London Metropolitan University, lives in Brooklyn, NY and continues to direct her own feature documentaries as well as producing and editing for feature documentary clients. 

Camera: Kyle Kelley, Karina Mangu-Ward, Jay Sterrenberg, Jeff Sterrenberg

Story Producer and Editor: Maxine Trump

Assistant Editors: Nick Vivian, Amanda Sosnowski

Consulting Producers: Beth Botshon, Jay Sterrenberg

Additional Camera: Rhett DuPont, Silvan Kaplan, Amanda Sosnowski, Jonathan M. Reed

Additional Sound Recording: Ryan Dann

FLUSH was created with generous support from:

FLUSH Online Release and World Toilet Day Event  produced by:


Photo by  Bridget Badore

Executive Director: Shawn Shafner

Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People's Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), he has catalyzed conversation about sustainable sanitation from NYC's largest wastewater treatment plant to the United Nations. Shawn was a 2014-15 LABA Fellow, 2014-15 iLAND/LMCC resident, 2017 Global Social Impact House fellow through UPenn's Center for Social Impact Strategy, 2017 summer resident to the Art Monastery Project, and a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation's ROI Community. Shawn is also a teaching artist, curriculum developer, and consultant for cultivating creativity, mindfulness and joy.


Press Representation: Veronique Ory

Veronique is an actor/producer based in NYC. She is the founding artistic director of Athena Theatre, a non-profit dedicated to developing new plays since 2002. www.AthenaTheatre.com

Veronique is also a freelance Marketing Director and Press Representative for Off-Off and Off-Broadway theatre as well as indie film and events in the city including An Inconvenient Poop by Shawn Shafner. More info at: www.VeroniqueOry.com and Insta/Twitter: @veroniqueory FaceBook: @theveroniqueory

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Social Media Strategy and Content Creation: Grace Connolly

Grace is a playwright/broke socialite/lesbian who is most interested in the human condition.  She writes about artists, love and other such subversive subjects.

You can check out her work at www.grace-connolly.com or @gracewritesdrama on Insta.

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Educational Curriculum Writer: Rachel Erickson Cole-Wilkin

When it comes to toilets, Rachel has been a daily user most of her life, but she found her true passion in 2013 when she founded London Loo Tours, a walking tour that lifts the lid on the politics of public toilets. More information about her work can be found at http://lootours.com or http://theloolady.com


Research Assistant: Kalli Siamidou

Kalli Siamidou is a dancer and performer in NYC. This is the first time she is involved in such a special project and she is very excited for what’s next!  


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Website and Graphic Design: Loquat Creative in Brooklyn


Event Sponsors

Promotional giveaways from    Squatty Potty   .

Promotional giveaways from Squatty Potty.

Live events co-presented by    Caveat   .

Live events co-presented by Caveat.

With generous support from the Revada Foundation, on behalf of The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

With generous support from the Revada Foundation, on behalf of The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

This event was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's Grassroots Events program.

This event was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's Grassroots Events program.

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