Kira Dane

Kira Dane is a half-Japanese filmmaker and native New Yorker, currently based in the Kansai region of Japan. Having been shaped and informed by clashing cultural upbringings, she gravitates towards gray areas -- and as a storyteller, she's most interested in exploring stories that dig for unexpected nuance. Using her...

Xavier Cousens

Xavier Cousens is documentary filmmaker and journalist based in New York City. His short documentary HUSTLE screened at the 2021 St. Louis International Film Festival and the 2021 Woods Hole Film Festival. He has also worked as an archival researcher for the BAFTA-nominated documentary The Great Hack (2019) and as...

Avi Zev Weider

Avi is the director and producer of the feature documentary WELCOME TO THE MACHINE (SXSW 2012), story producer of GHOSTBOX COWBOY (Tribeca 2018), producer of DANLAND (Slamdance 2012), and was the associate producer on the films SCOTT WALKER: 30TH CENTURY MAN (BAFTA Nominee) and Cinemania. His award-winning short film, I...

Anaiis Cisco

Anaiis Cisco is an award-winning filmmaker and a 2021-2022 Mellon fellow and professor at Smith College. Her films BREATHING FREE, DRIP LIKE COFFEE (the short), and BREATHLESS have screened at numerous festivals and have won an array of awards. She is a recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award, a...

Kareema Bee

Kareema Bee is a content creator from New York City. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany (Phi Beta Kappa) and Syracuse University's Newhouse School where she received a Master’s in TV, Radio, & Film. Her professional background as a producer spans from major TV and film productions, to creative...

Stavit Allwis

Stavit Allweis is an Israeli-born, New York-based visual artist who’s journey has taken her from painting to the moving image. As her works became progressively narrative, she began to experiment with sequential art and comics. In 2010, intrigued by the language of cinema, she launched the production of Isness, an epic...

César Martínez Barba

César Martínez Barba is a San Antonio, TX born filmmaker and editor living in NYC. He is a graduate of Occidental College with an Honors B.A. in Media Arts and Culture. César has been selected as a Sundance Institute 2020 Art of Editing Fellow, the Fall 2018 Social Justice Filmmaker...

Deepak Rauniyar

Deepak Rauniyar is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and assistant professor for filmstudies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His works in film, television, and radioproduction span over two decades and have been featured at top international film festivals,including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Busan, Sydney, andNew...

Dania Bdeir

Born in Montreal, Dania Bdeir is a Lebanese-Canadian award-winning writer & director with an intense love/hate relationship with Lebanon which she finds to be her biggest heartache and sincerest inspiration.  Dania, who’s originally Syrian and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, has a BA in Graphic Design from...

Shuchi Talati

Shuchi Talati is a filmmaker from India whose work challenges dominant narratives around gender, sexuality, and South Asian identity. Her short film, A Period Piece, about an afternoon of period sex, was selected for SXSW. Her previous film, Mae and Ash, won numerous awards before becoming a Vimeo Staff Pick....