Deirdre Fishel has a 20 year history of directing both documentaries and dramas which have premiered in competition at Sundance and SXSW and been broadcast in thirty countries worldwide. Deirdre co-wrote a book, based on her award-winning documentary STILL DOING IT: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65, with producer Diana Holtzberg, published by Penguin Books. Other projects include an on-line documentary, SUICIDE ON CAMPUS produced in conjunction with the New York Times Magazine and THE BOY GAME, distributed by New Day Films. Deirdre attended AFI’s directing program and has an MFA from Hunter College. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BFA in Film/Video at the City College of New York.


Since co-founding Community Media Productions in the 1970s, Tony Heriza has been continually engaged in media for social change—producing, editing, teaching and working with community organizations. His award-winning documentaries have been broadcast on PBS and screened widely at film festivals. His most recent documentary, CONCRETE, STEEL & PAINT, funded by the Ford Foundation, is distributed through New Day Films. Tony has a B.A. from Antioch College and a Master’s from Rutgers University. He is Director of Media Production for the American Friends Service Committee and teaches documentary production at the University of Pennsylvania.



Annukka Lilja is a Finland-born New York-based film editor. Her recent feature documentary work includes David Alvarado’s THE BILL NYE FILM which will premiere at SXSW in 2017 as well as Josh Fox’s How to Let Go of The World (And Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change) which premiered in 2016 at Sundance. Other credits include THE IMMORTALISTS, which premiered in 2014 at SXSW, Lotta Petronella’s HOME, and Josh Fox’s GASLAND PART II (HBO).

Jim Klein has been an independent filmmaker and editor since 1969. With Julia Reichert he co- directed and produced GROWING UP FEMALE, the Oscar- nominated UNION MAIDS: METHADONE: AN AMERICAN WAY OF DEALING, and the Oscar- Nominated SEEING RED. His first solo film, Letter to the Next premiered on P.O.V. Recent editing credits include A LION IN THE HOUSE, SCOUT’S HONOR and TAKING ROOT.


David Alvarado is both a cinematographer and a director. In addition to CARE, he has shot with numerous directors including with Jamie Meltzer on his upcoming documentary FREEDOM FIGHTERS. David just finished his second feature documentary, THE BILL NY FILM which will premiere at SXSW in 2017. His first feature THE IMMORTALISTS premiered at SXSW in 2014.