The following 12 filmmakers have been selected to attend the October 2017 workshop:
Kristen Irving-Jordan is a veteran impact producer whose projects have participated at Tribeca, Sundance and Toronto International Film Festival. As the former director of social action and advocacy at Participant Media, she created impact campaigns for films ranging from “The Help” and “Contagion” to “Last Call at the Oasis” and “Finding North.” She was impact producer for Oscar-nominated filmmakers Lee Hirsch (“Bully”) and Lucy Walker (“The Crash Reel”). Irving-Jordan produced the award-winning short documentary “Life After Manson,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and had an excerpt released on The New York Times Op-Docs series. Previously, she worked at the Creative Artists Agency Foundation. She is currently directing a film about the history of the pro-life movement.
Nicole Karsin has worked in Latin America for 20 years as a human rights observer, journalist and documentarian. She is currently directing and producing a documentary political thriller that reveals dark secrets of poisoned Amazonian waters when indigenous water protectors take on big oil in U.S. court. Karsin’s first film, “We Women Warriors (Tejiendo Sabiduría)” premiered in 2012 and screened at some 40 festivals worldwide. It won several awards and was nominated as best documentary for the 2013 IMAGEN Awards. In 2007, she formed Todos Los Pueblos Productions LLC (All the Peoples’ Productions) to move audiences to action through artful, character-driven films about global struggles for human rights and cultural survival. Karsin holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Judy Korin fuses her backgrounds in graphic design and filmmaking to contribute to visually powerful and socially impactful works. Her credits include the documentaries “Bending the Arc” (as co-producer) and “A Century of Women” (as director), as well as the indie scripted feature film, “Finding Neighbors” (as producer). In addition to her long-form projects, Korin directs and produces short documentaries, including the Sundance Stories of Change-funded VR film “Francis” (as co-director) and branded content films for social justice and educational non-profits, including the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Community Action Network and Students Run LA.
Melissa Langer is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. Her short films include “Treasure Island,” “Terms of Intimacy” and “In Crystal Skin.” Her recent short, “My Aleppo,” tells the story of a young Syrian family in South Africa as they communicate with the home front via Skype, watching Aleppo disintegrate and their loved ones change. Her films are often structured to unsettle viewers, asking them to engage with some of the more bizarre, contradictory aspects of human nature. She is a Cinema Eye nominee and her films have premiered at Telluride Film Festival, IDFA and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BA in History from Carleton College.
Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the 2050 Group, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer and story consultant. Her credits include: “Tough Love” (POV), “Wo Ai Ni Mommy” (POV), NBC Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, UFC Primetime. Her directorial debut, “9-Man” (America ReFramed) was called “an absorbing documentary” by The New York Times. She lives in the Bronx, New York.
Nokuthula Manyathi is a South African journalist based in New York. She graduated with an MS degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. At Columbia University, she specialized in documentary filmmaking. Her thesis documentary on adult illiteracy in New York was awarded the “Best Student Filmmaker” award at the Megacities ShortDocs Contest in Paris, France. She is currently a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia’s School of Journalism documentary department and is reporting on the opioid crisis in Long Island. She has an undergraduate degree in media studies and international relations from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She previously worked as a reporter in South Africa.
Jason Osder is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary “Let the Fire Burn” and assistant professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. “Let the Fire Burn” premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded the prize for best documentary editing and a jury special mention for best new documentary director. The film went on to play theaters across the U.S. and festivals around the world, receiving accolades including three International Documentary Association Award Nominations, the Cinema Eye Honor for Best Editing and the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award. The U.S. broadcast premiere was on PBS in 2014. Osder was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Top New Faces of Independent Film in 2013. He has a 15-year career in media production in the Washington, DC area with a focus on documentary style storytelling, postproduction and education with clients that include National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and PBS Online. He is the co-author of “Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook.”
Jacqueline Olive is an award-winning filmmaker with artist grants from Sundance Institute, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, Firelight Media, Alternate ROOTS and Southern Documentary Fund (SDF). She earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute in 2007 and co-directed the documentary “Black to Our Roots,” which broadcast on PBS WORLD in 2009. She then worked for three seasons on the production team of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. She gained multimedia production experience as a fellow with the Firelight Media Producers Lab, National Black Programming Consortium, Bay Area Video Coalition, Ford Foundation, National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre. She is currently directing and producing the documentary film, “Always in Season,” which examines the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African-Americans and connects this historic form of terrorism to racial violence today with the stories of relatives of the perpetrators and victims who are currently seeking justice and reconciliation.
Jennifer Redfearn directed and produced “Sun Come Up” about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011, and screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Her recent film, “Tocando La Luz” (Touch the Light), was funded by ITVS and aired on the World Channel in 2016. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival, where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. In her client work, Redfearn has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN and the Discovery Channel. She also produced several shorts and multimedia pieces for MediaStorm, which were nominated for the World Press Photo and Webby awards. She has taught documentary filmmaking at New York University and has taught and advised students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has received a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA and NYWIFT and co-production funding from ITVS.
Gordon T. Skinner is the executive producer of [Re]-Frame Media, LLC. His films include “Save Out Seaport,” “Cornelia Street Café,” “The Kunas of San Blas,” “Sitting in the Fire,” “Strategic Omissions” and “Lost Innocents.” Skinner was a participant of Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Program and Film Independent’s Project Involve. His producing credits include projects for MTV, TV-Japan, NHK, ESPN and Sony Music. Formerly a Lincoln Center Institute Theatre Fellow, for the past two years he was filmmaker-in- residence with the South Street Seaport Museum in conjunction with the New York Harbor School where he taught media literacy and documentary filmmaking.
Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker dedicated to making creative and well-researched stories. She co-runs Paper Bridge Films, where she is directing “Pray Away” (working title), a feature documentary on the history and ramifications of the conversion therapy or “pray the gay away” movement. “Pray Away” is executive produced by Johnny Symons. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Doc NYC, the European Independent Film Festival and Frameline, as well as at the National Gallery of Art and Alaska Airlines. She has directed and/or filmed documentaries for The New Yorker, The Atlantic (Editor’s Pick) and Mother Jones, and her films have been covered in Buzzfeed, Ms. Magazine and Broadly. Her films “The Typist” and “Where We Stand” are currently Staff Picks on Vimeo. She also works as a documentary producer and is currently producing “Attla,” a co-production of ITVS and Vision Maker Media. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She teaches at Stanford University.
Elizabeth Unger is a National Geographic Explorer, photojournalist and filmmaker who enjoys long-form media projects focusing on wildlife conservation and food culture. Over the past few years, an insatiable wanderlust has led Unger across all seven continents, immersing her in rich anthropological experiences that have shaped her into the storyteller she is today.