Deirdre Fishel – Director/Co-cinematographer
Deirdre is a documentary filmmaker/educator dedicated to bringing stories to the screen that have remained largely invisible. Her most recent film Women in Blue (2020) follows women officers working to reform the Minneapolis Police Department in the years leading up to the murder of George Floyd. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2021) and broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens. Previous films include: Care, Suicide on Campus produced in conjunction with the New York Times magazine, STILL DOING IT: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 which premiered at SXSW and was broadcast in 15 countries and a dramatic feature Risk, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast in 35 countries worldwide. Deirdre is an Associate Professor and the Director of the BFA in film/video at the City College of New York.
Tony Heriza – Producer
A member-owner of New Day Films, a filmmaker-owned distribution cooperative, he has produced films on a wide range of social issues. He also served for many years as Director of Media Production at the American Friends Service Committee, where he facilitated national and international communication projects. Continuing that work, he recently led a storytelling project with Iraq war vets and Iraqi refugees exploring recovery from the trauma of war. He is currently working on a new documentary about art as a healing intervention with opioid addiction. Tony has taught media production at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania and has twice been chosen as a filmmaker envoy for the State Department’s American Film Showcase.
Annukka Lilja is a Finnish-born, New York-based editor whose award-winning documentary and narrative films have appeared on HBO and at major film festivals worldwide – including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW and IDFA. Her recent work includes Ailey, (2021 Sundance premiere, directed by Jamila Wignot), Mr. SOUL! (2018 Tribeca premiere, 2020 Critics Choice Award winner, directed by Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard), We Are As Gods (2021 SXSW premiere) and Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017 SXSW premiere – both directed by David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg). Annukka won the Best Editing Award at the International Documentary Festival for How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, (2016 Sundance premiere, directed by Josh Fox). Annukka is particularly fond of parrots and plays guitar.
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 a director/cinematographer whose work focuses exclusively on science, health, technology and nature. Structure Films is a New York/ San Francisco production company co-founded with Jason Sussberg. Together, they directed “The Immortalsts” (SXSW, Hot Docs, CPH, London BFI) about the so-called science of eternal youth, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” (SXSW 2017) about a beloved science educator fighting anti-science in America, and a just released film about counterculture legend and environmental “heretic” Stewart Brand, “We Are As Gods (2021 SXSW premiere).