is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. She is a former producer for Al Jazeera America and has reported as an independent freelancer from the Middle East, Africa and Europe on international affairs and politics.
Her work has appeared on NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN among other outlets. In 2012 she helped produce the feature documentary Manhunt for HBO Documentary Films, which premiered in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2013 Emmy for best documentary. Assia was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on Yemen.
Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University. This will be her feature-length directorial debut.
JASON LEO BAGUIO
(PRODUCER, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
has been involved in film for over twenty years. He started as a fashion photographer and began to learn motion picture while he was stage managing at Columbia Square Studios in Hollywood, CA. During that time he created an art collective named The Midnight Studio Rats. He has been involved with over 300 different projects as a Stage Manager, Grip, Gaffer, Sound Recordist, Cinematographer, Director, or Producer.
Jason is currently working on an untitled film project with professor Noam Chomsky & studying Linguistics, Philosophy, Logic, Computer Sciences & MultiMedia at MIT.
(producer, co-director, editor)
is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, with a background in documentary film editing. He has worked with editor Joe Bini on many narrative and documentary features, including the Werner Herzog films Queen of the Desert, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Into The Abyss, and Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.
He has worked on more than a dozen other films, including Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Manhunt, All Fall Down, and Corman's World.
In 2014, he was invited to the Sundance Institute's Documentary Edit and Story Labs, to participate as an assistant editor. His editing credits include the independent horror film Drain Baby, the short-form documentary Discours de fou, as well as several other short films in which he also served as director. This will be his feature-length directorial debut.
(director of photography)
is an independent documentary filmmaker whose cinematography credits include American Arab, Waking in Oak Creek, and a variety of short work with local and national producers. He is currently co-producing and shooting How to Build a School in Haiti, and recently collaborated with Sundance fellow Ngawang Choephel on a documentary about the Tibetan refugee community in South India. He is also currently directing and producing his first feature-length documentary, Unbroken Glass, with Kartemquin Films.
Dinesh graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006, concentrating in Cinema Studies. He was a finalist for the University’s prestigious Edes Prize for Emerging Artists in 2011. He has served on the board of directors of Community TV Network, Cinema Chicago’s Education Advisory Committee, in addition to jurying the Chicago Youth Community Film Festival.