Ashley Panzera is a documentary filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked on the feature documentaries A Road to Home, Black and Cuba, (A)Sexual, and Pushing the Elephant. She is currently a Video Producer at Human Rights First, an independent international advocacy organization. She has produced, shot and edited their campaign videos breaking down large social issues like human trafficking and closing Guantanamo Bay as well as created more personal stories about refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Ashley is also currently editing a 6-part series about the crisis in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan for the Nuba Reports. The series will be released on MSNBC's global documentary website. Ashley is also an active member of the documentary filmmaking community in New York and was awarded a UnionDocs Fellowship in 2011. She is also currently an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
Kim Borba - Director, Producer
With a background in international development (and a childhood spent behind a Betacam, making silly movies with her brothers), Kim came to documentary film in 2010. Rising from intern to Associate Producer at Arts Engine/Big Mouth Films, she worked on features like (A)sexual, 1971 (AFI Docs, IDFA, Tribeca, Sheffield) and E-Team (Sundance, True/False, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Hot Docs, Sheffield). As the impact producer for Big Mouth’s Pushing the Elephant (PBS’ Independent Lens), she used the award-winning documentary to engage partners like UN Women, Amnesty International, the World Bank, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill in direct action around gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is currently directing and producing My Name is Mary Brown, an interactive web documentary that interweaves the extraordinary life stories of American women, as told by their granddaughters. Kim is also a writer, and she is slogging her way through Nevi J and the Starlight, an archtypal chapter book for young readers that experiments with the interplay of text and images on the printed page. She has lived and worked in Haiti, Thailand, Korea and Ecuador, collaborating with grassroots groups on social justice issues like access to education and participatory democracy.
Jeremy Dupin - Producer
Born and raised and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jeremy is a freelance producer, filmmaker and a social activist. He was a Correspondent for TeleSur in Haiti from 2006 to 2009, and he joined Aljazeera English Channel as Bureau Producer from 2010 to 2016. Jeremy has produced almost a dozen documentaries during the last ten years for different prestigious networks in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2012, he received the the first Alfred I. Dupont Columbia University Award for Haiti Six Months On. In 2014, he was awarded the Peabody Award from the University of Georgia and a Primetime Emmy Award for Haiti in a Time of Cholera, a documentary that he produced for Fault Lines.
Sabrina S Gordon - Executive Producer, Editor
Sabrina Schmidt Gordon has been committed to cultural and social issues documentary filmmaking for over a decade. She co-directed, co-produced and edited Baddd Sonia Sanchez (IFP’s Spotlight on Documentaries, Full Frame, DocNYC, African Diaspora International Film Festival-Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, Black Star Film Festival Audience Award, Pan African Film Festival Programmers’ Award), an intimate portrait of the poet, activist and pioneer in the 1960s Black Arts Movement. Sabrina is also the co-producer and editor of Documented (AFI Docs, IDFA), Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (Sundance/ITVS, Silverdocs, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival), and Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (PBS, named “Ten Most Important Black Films of the decade” by MSNBC). She is a new media producer on the National Black Programming Consortium’s Masculinity Project and The Haiti Project, an online portal of stories told by Haitian survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Sabrina is also a documentary filmmaking instructor, currently teaching Documentary Story Structure at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is an honors graduate from New York University.
Angela Tucker - Executive Producer
Angela Tucker is a writer, director and Emmy nominated producer. She is the Series Producer for the PBS documentary series, Afropop, in its 7th season featuring films about life, art and culture in the African Diaspora. She is a Co-Producer on The New Black (PBS’ Independent Lens), a feature length documentary about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements, nominated for a NAACP and a GLAAD Media Award. In 2006, she founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that was a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including Pushing the Elephant (PBS’ Independent Lens), Dreaming Nicaragua (IDFA, 2009), and Deadline (NBC’s Dateline). Her directorial work includes (A)sexual, a feature length documentary available on Hulu, Netflix and iTunes, Black Folk Don't, a documentary web series filming its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life", Just the Three of Us, a short fiction film starring Leslie Uggams that won the Audience Award for Best Short at NYC Shorts Festival and The Old Fish, a short documentary for TIME Inc and Killer Films. She is currently directing and producing Paper Chase, a feature length comedy written by herself and collaborator Lauren Domino. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.
Ednor Jean-Baptiste - Driver, Production Assistant
Ednor Jean-Baptiste is a businessperson, artist, and aspiring filmmaker. Born in Bainet, in the countryside of Haiti, he moved to Port-au-Prince at an early age and has since dedicated his life to the service of his community. In 2008, he and a group of friends founded a free school for children in their neighborhood who would otherwise have no access to education. After the earthquake in 2010, his interests turned to media, and for two years, he worked as a fixer, driver, and production assistant. Ednor owns and operates a small business in his neighborhood of Delmas 60, where he is beloved by his community.
Jameson Davilma - Production Assistant
Jameson Davilma is a student and aspiring photojournalist . His experience growing up in Cité Soleil gave him a deep understanding of inequality and social justice and an inspired dedication to improving his life and the lives of those he loves. Jameson is currently training as a photojournalist and driver for media in Haiti and studying English. He dreams of creating a program for the children in his neighborhood to help them learn, grow, and thrive.
Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye
Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye (Noise Travels, News Spreads) is an alternative media and mobilization project that produces a Creole-language popular newspaper, providing access to information for Haiti’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations, from the inner cities to tent camps and rural areas. In addition, BKNG’s articles validate the experiences of Haiti’s poor by making them the focus of many articles, exposés, and editorial pieces.
BKNG is a partner of Let Haiti Live, a comprehensive program for Haiti working to strengthen the independence and self-determination of the Haitian people in all areas of life.
Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. It is the mission of the BFC to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers.
The BFC consists of some of Brooklyn’s most accomplished and promising emerging filmmakers. Collectively we have produced work for the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance Film Festival, A&E, PBS, HBO, IFC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MTV, France 3, The Smithsonian, and Al Jazeera. Our members have received awards from Sundance, Independent Spirit Awards, Student Academy Awards, HBO New York International Latin Film Festival, and IFP and has had work nominated for the national Academy Awards.
Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)
The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) has helped victims prosecute human rights cases, trained Haitian lawyers and spoken out on justice issues since 1995. BAI and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) are a partnership of Haitian and US human rights advocates supporting the Haitian people in their struggle to achieve universal human rights, access to a just legal system, social justice, a society without violence, and the right to participate fully in choosing their government. Using models like the US civil rights movement, they are active in the courts, both in Haiti and internationally, in the streets and in poor neighborhoods. They work in partnership with grassroots movements, to transform the structural injustices that stand in the way of stability and prosperity for the majority of Haitians.