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is an award-­winning freelance journalist based in Chicago. 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.


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is a documentary filmmaker, freelance location sound recordist, speaker and educator with a passion for creating a positive impact on the community. Shuling’s most recent film Growing Roots, a documentary which highlights the growing urban faming movement in Singapore, premiered on the Discovery Channel as part of the Singapore Stories series. Shuling has worked on a number of films by the award-winning Chicago media collective Kartemquin Films.



is a Brooklyn-based creative producer and communications strategist. Her past films include Speed Sisters (2015, dir. Amber Fares) about a team Palestinian women race car drivers; the Peabody Award winning short My Neighbourhood (2012, dir. Julia Bacha) and Ridenhour Documentary Prize and PUMA Impact Award winning Budrus (2009, dir. Julia Bacha).

Jessica’s forthcoming films include Roll Red Roll (dir. Nancy Schwartzman), Out Again (dir. Robin Cloud), One Pulse (dir. Geeta Gandbhir/Jessica Devaney), and Untitled Women of the First Intifada Film (dir. Julia Bacha). Jessica has an M.A. from Wake Forest University and researched gender in the Middle East at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service. She's a Women at Sundance Fellow & founder of the Queer Producers Collective.


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is  a filmmaker, editor, and journalist based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared on The Guardian, The New York Times Local, Pacifica Radio and Her first short, “The Invisibles” which she directed, filmed and edited, was selected for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Din earned her M.A. in journalism at New York University. 




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, Making A Murderer, 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.