September 18, 2020
I’m a documentary filmmaker with a focus on health and gender equity. With my partner, I co-founded Persistent Productions and have been living between Boston and Singapore for the past ten years. Since quarantine, I’ve returned to my roots in Massachusetts and am learning to live in one place.
August 17, 2020
I am a Dallas-based documentary filmmaker who focuses on underrepresented stories to bring awareness, equity, and justice to our interconnected and global society. My work is often described as experiential, emotionally-driven and defiant.
June 10, 2020
In 2013, I moved to Arivaca, Arizona, the border community in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, which is the subject of my film Undeterred. The desert is awe-inspiring, beautiful and deadly. Men and women die every day attempting to cross it. When visiting the area, you are confronted at every turn with the ubiquitous military-style presence of the Border Patrol. Living here is a daily struggle in reconciling the competing realities of small town life and the death and suffering of the border.
May 13, 2020
I am a ‘Third Culture Kid’, which basically means that I grew up moving in and out of different countries, and that my identity is transnational as a result. The camera has always been a tool for me to translate some of the myriad experiences that I’ve had to others.
April 27, 2020
I am a Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker who has been making narrative and documentary films for over twenty years, including Brother to Brother (Sundance Special Jury Prize in Drama) starring Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and The Happy Sad starring LeRoy McClain (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll). I also teach film production, directing and screenwriting classes at Swarthmore College.
March 25, 2020
As a long-time community activist and descendant of two former World War ll Japanese American incarcerees, making ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 was a deeply personal project.
February 1, 2020
In the face of a long history of white filmmakers telling Black people’s stories, often in damaging ways, Black perspectives offer the potential to restructure American consciousness. For example, artists like Ava DuVerney (The 13th, When They See Us, Queen Sugar, A Wrinkle in Time), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) have changed the cultural landscape over the past few years, bringing Black struggle, Black futurism, Black imagination, and Black desire into the mainstream through distinctly Black voices.
January 1, 2020
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November 16, 2019
Willow O'Feral's film Break the Silence is an intersectional, inclusive portrait of 18 women's lived experiences in regards to sexual and reproductive health.
October 18, 2019
We are both filmmakers from different parts of the world who periodically come together to collaborate. Currently, we are both filmmakers in residence at Johns Hopkins University, developing an online archive of our film, Not in My Neighbourhood.