SOPHIE FIENNES worked with director Peter Greenaway and ran a dance company before directing her own films.
Her documentary The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2012) premiered at DOC: NYC.
DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER has a background in advertising and directed her first feature documentary Versailles ’73:American Runway Revolution tackled the subject of French vs American designers.
Her most recent endeavor, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, delves into the story of African American athletes who “who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.” The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
MARTHA SHANE’s directorial debut premiered at SXSW, Bi the Way (2008) which she produced as well as co-directed.
Her documentary After Tiller (2013) was directed with Lana Wilson and garnered her an Emmy and Independent Spirit Award nomination.
ZATELLA BEATTY’s documentary Iverson (2014) about sports legend Allen Iverson premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was televised on Showtime.
Beatty is also an actress who has appeared in film and television.
CRYSTAL MOSELLE’s feature length documentary The Wolfpack won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
She has worked for Vice and The New York Times creating video content.
MARIA MAGGENTI studied philosophy as Undergrad at Smith college then went on to get her MFA from NYU. She has worked as a writer and script editor for television.
Her narrative feature film Puccini for Beginners premiered at Sundance.
ADI LAVY is a documentarian who is recognized internationally for her photography. She attended Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. MAYA STARK also studied at SVA and has edited both narrative fiction and documentary films.
Stark and Lavy co-directed the feature film documentary Sun Kissed (2012) which can be viewed on PBS.
RAMONA S. DIAZ studied communications at Stanford University and has gone on to direct documentaries which have been distributed by PBS’ Independent Lens.
She founded her production company Cine Diaz in 2000 to produce documentary feature films.
ELIZA HITTMAN was named as one of the 25 New Faces of Film to watch by Filmmaker Magazine in 2013. She got her MFA at Cal Arts.
Her feature directorial debut It Felt Like Love (2013) premiered at Sundance and was according to the New York Times shot for less than $100,000 in 18 days.
SINI ANDERSON began her career as a professional dancer while still a teenager in Chicago.
Her documentary The Punk Singer (2013) premiered at SXSW and was distributed by IFC.