Creative Team

Creator, The COVIDEO Project

Elson Bankoff

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to check out our website.  My name is Elson, and I’m a student in the ninth grade at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC.

I'm extremely excited to announce that The Covideo Project is up and running, and so far has been able to give people from all around the world a platform to connect with one another and share their experiences throughout this time. I have always been interested in the film world, and have wanted to make a youth-run and produced documentary for a while now. I just never had a captivating and relevant enough idea. But here we are! 

I’ve attended film programs in the past, where I gained a love for directing, editing and screenwriting, and I truly believe that film is a very powerful tool that can be utilized in so many positive ways. I am incredibly lucky to be able to lead and organize this amazing project with so many talented people, and know that it will help to provide a unique and impactful insight on life during these times, stretching many years into the future. Thank you so much for following along with the process.

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    Ian Kim

    Hi! I'm 14 years old, and I attend Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, CA. I enjoy photography and stop-motion animation. My first film project, Hold the Sun in Your Hands: The Erika Jacoby Story, won Best Student Documentary in the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. I'm so fortunate to be part of this visionary project.

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    Arjun Kartik

    Hi! I'm a fifteen-year-old living in Bangalore, India. I'm honored to work on this project with so many talented people. I truly believe in our message and hope to spread it as much as I can. To be able to help with editing and expansion strategies makes me believe that I am capable of making a difference and helping the community.

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    Iván Andarza

    Howdy!  My name is Iván and I live in Austin, Texas.  I am 16 years old and currently attend Portsmouth Abbey School.  I have always been interested in documentaries and their implications on society. By growing and being part of this amazing project, I hope to inspire youth to be active in world issues.  I am so proud to be part of such an unique and talented group of people .              

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    Maliha Sharma

    Hi,  I am a high school student who currently lives in Dallas, Texas. Outside of the Covideo Project, I participate in my school’s newspaper club and I have attended several writing programs in the past. My goal as a writer within this project is to develop information and create our message by writing scripts. I am beyond grateful to be a part of this innovative project and work with so many talented individuals around the world.

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    Cadence Ching

    Hi I'm Cadence, a fourteen year old who lives in Washington. I enjoy film, photography, and editing, as well as graphic design, and am excited to be working on this project with such an amazing group of people.

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    Zainab Pate

    Hi! I’m Zainab Pate. I am a 15-year-old from Washington D.C. and go to a boarding school in Connecticut called Miss Porter’s. I have always had a passion for filmmaking, photography, and editing because I like how much freedom and creative liberty we have. I am really excited to work on this project and am very grateful for this opportunity!

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    Nandini Talukdar

    Hi! I’m Nandini. I’m 16 years old and I currently live in Noida, India. I am working as a charitable coordinator and I am also part of the Expansion and Growth team of The Covideo Project. I have always looked forward to initiatives that are being taken for the welfare of people and I strongly believe in giving back to the world. It’s an absolute privilege to be working with such people!

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    Ahaan Sabherwal

    Hi! I’m Ahaan, a student at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC. I am an aspiring violinist, entrepreneur, activist, and technologist. As an Expansion manager and Charitable Coordinator, I get the incredible opportunity to expand our project to new regions across the world and develop relationships with other charitable organizations. 

Music producers

  • The Keymakers


    The Keymakers are two brothers, Rome and Red, who make soulful electronic music together. The Keymakers have used their time during the pandemic to dig deeper into their art and the world around them. “Making music to us is our way of sharing what we have in our heads with the world around us.” - Rome. “We want our music to inspire someone out there the same way music inspired us growing up, that’s why we create our music.” - Red. Find The Keymakers on instagram (@thekeymakers

  • Allyse Brumfield


    Hi! I'm from Memphis, TN. I'm fifteen years old, and I’ve been doing music for about ten years now. I recently started producing, and this is my first time producing for other people. I am so excited to be part of this amazing project, and I look forward to making lots of music for it.

  • Annie Bass


    Hi! I'm Annie! I'm 16 and from Washington, D.C. I've been involved in music since I was really young. I sing, play guitar, ukulele, arrange and compose a capella, and mostly write my own music! I love everything music and I'm super excited to be able to incorperate it within this project!

  • Kanna Washer


    Hi there! My name is Kanna, and I've been singing in bands, musicals and recording covers for nearly two years now. I'm still very much new to the music scene, but I genuinely love to get on stages and sing, or to record covers in the comfort of my own home. My instagram for my covers is @zetaikannajyanai so please go check it out!

  • Pierre Alvarez


    Hello! I’m Pierre! I’m 15 and from Silver Spring, MD. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I can also play piano a bit, I’ve played violin for 6 years, and I’ve been playing bass guitar for around one year. I’m still figuring out music production, but I’m very proud to be part of the project!

Our Team


Elson Bankoff



Arjun Kartik, Cadence Ching, Elson Bankoff, Ian Kim, Zainab Pate

Music Contributors

Allyse Brumfield, Annie Bass,

Elaine Wen, Lucy Hanna, Kanna Washer, Sumedh Bhasin, 


Fundraising Team

Angeline Lee, Arjun Kartik, Arden Doyle, Asmi Pareek, Becki M'mari, Cadence Ching, Caitlin Murray, Elaine Wen, Elson Bankoff, Ian Kim, Iván Andarza, Kanna Washer, Leia Neilson, Maliha Sharma, Nora Sharma 

Video Contributors

Alma Degener, Amelia LaMotte, Annie Bass, Andressa Jacques, Angeline Lee, Anri Stols, Anya Capoor, Archan Das, Arden Doyle, Arjun Kartik, Asmi Pareek, Ava Strong, Becki M'mari, Boudewien Berger, Cadence Ching, Caitlin Murray, Charlene Jiao, Chloe Elder, Chris O'Mara, Christina Zhang, Daniela Guajardo Ela Gardiner, Elaine Wen, Elsa Dormon, Elson Bankoff, Emmanuel Chaki, Georgia Birkwieser, Inshera Kankam-Boadu, Ian Kim, Iván Andarza, Jeh Mukkar, Joao Victor Peixoto, Kanna Washer, Kassidy Thompson, Lucy Brass, Lucy Hanna, Lucy Newmyer, Maddie Goldberger, Maliha Sharma, Margarita Afanasyva, Maya Alva, Megan Ferland, Mitsuki Morisaki, Molina Dew-Brunis, Nandini Talukdar, Nora Sharma, Ona Ogbuefi, Raina Sachdev, Sally LaMotte, Sammi Gao, Santino Cavallin Rodriguez, Selin Tekinn, Seth Shariman, Sidney Ford, Sofia Gaviria, Sydney Malea, Vedant Satapathy, Vera Chaudhry, Vinayak Sinha, Zoe Verma

Marketing And Expansion

Arjun Kartik, Ahaan Sabherwal, Iván Andarza, Elson Bankoff, Nandini Talukdar,

Graphics And Web Design

Ian Kim, Arjun Kartik, Anri Stols, Arden Doyle, Maliha Sharma, Nora Lu Sharma, Jamie Hsieh, Iván Andarza, Elson Bankoff

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