ASSIA BOUNDAOUI (director/Producer)
is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, AlJazeera, VICE, CNN and was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Assia has worked in an editorial capacity on the production of a number of documentary films, including HBO Documentary Films’ MANHUNT (2013) which was awarded an Emmy. Assia has a Masters degree in journalism from New York University and is fluent in Arabic. THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED is her directorial debut.
JESSICA DEVANEY (PRODUCER)
is a Brooklyn-based producer and the founder of Multitude Films. She produced the Critic’s Choice nominated SPEED SISTERS (Hot Docs, 2015), which the New York Times called “subtly rebellious and defiantly optimistic” and OUT AGAIN (Outfest 2017) for Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology. Forthcoming films include THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, THE RASHOMON EFFECT, and ROLL RED ROLL. Jessica’s directorial debut short, LOVE THE SINNER, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, screened at over a dozen festivals, and was supported by The Harnisch Foundation, Fork Films, Sundance, The Fledgling Fund, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Jessica was formerly the Director of Communications at Just Vision where she produced films in various capacities including Sundance and Guggenheim funded NAILA AND THE UPRISING (IDFA, 2017), Peabody Award-winning MY NEIGHBOURHOOD (Tribeca, 2012), the web series HOME FRONT (Aspen ShortsFest 2011), and Ridenhour Documentary Prize and PUMA Impact Award-winning BUDRUS (Berlin, Tribeca, 2010). Jessica has an M.A. in religious studies from Wake Forest University and studied at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She co-founded the Queer Producers Collective, produced Doc Society’s inaugural Queer Impact Producers Lab, and was Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow and a Women at Sundance Fellow.
RABAB HAJ YAHYA (Editor)
is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor and a Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow. Her recent work includes the award-winning feature documentary SPEED SISTERS (HotDocs 2015), LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca 2017) and the web series THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS (Peabody Finalist, Vox and USA Today, 2016). Rabab has also edited numerous documentaries commissioned by the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, including ENEMIES OF THE SOUTH (2015), which was featured in multiple prime-time slots on the network. In between projects, Rabab has dedicated a significant amount of her time helping aspiring editors and filmmakers, through training and pro-bono consultations in the Middle East, West Africa, and the Balkans. Rabab speaks English, Arabic, and Hebrew fluently and currently lives in New York.
SHULING YONG (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
is a Singapore-born, Chicago-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for social change. She has worked on films like RADICAL GRACE (2015, dir. Rebecca Parrish), IN TIME TO COME (2017, dir. Tan Pin Pin), and films by the award-winning Chicago media collective Kartemquin Films such as IN THE GAME (2015, dir. Maria Finitzo), and AMERICA TO ME (dir. Steve James). Shuling’s most recent film GROWING ROOTS premiered on the Discovery Channel. She is now directing her first feature-length documentary, INTUITION, which was selected for Good Pitch² Southeast Asia 2017. Shuling is a Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow, a participating filmmaker at the BRITDOC Queer Impact Producers Lab, the DocNet Southeast Asia Strategy Workshop and the KOMAS Video For Change Forum.
MOLLY CRABAPPLE (illustrator)
is an artist, journalist, and author of the memoir, Drawing Blood. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Bill and Ruth Ann Harnisch
Debbie McLeod and Jay Sears
Lyric R. Cabral