Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Isara is a documentary filmmaker, editor and cameraperson based in Oakland, California. Her work centers the social and emotional effects of inequitable structures in the US. Her verité cinematography is noted for demonstrating the trust she earns with her subjects. As an on-call Video Producer for KQED Arts (SF Bay Area PBS/NPR affiliate) she has produced, edited and shot a dozen mini-docs about local artists for the web that reached a nationwide audience. Her most recent piece that she Co-Directed, Kinetic Light Dancers Take Disability Arts to New Heights, was nominated for a Northern California Regional Emmy® award. Isara has directed, shot and edited short documentaries in the San Francisco Bay Area for the East Bay AIDS Center; Women Organized Against Life-Threatening Disease (WORLD), and for the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, the only public high school in the US with a World Art curriculum. She has worked on a handful of award-winning feature documentaries on CNN, and MSNBC, and Netflix.
She grew up in a neighborhood of Boston, MA.
Justin is an editor with credits in both documentary and narrative film. He has also worked as a television producer. He edited the 2016 Emmy award-winning PBS Documentary series, Standing in The Gap, which tells the story of the re-segregation of Denver Public Schools. He enjoys working on documentaries because of the focus on human connection and the perspectives documentary films can provide to help change the lives of others. Justin currently lives in Aurora, Colorado and continues to work on various film and television projects.
JESSICA ESTELLE HUGGINS
Boston native, Jessica Estelle Huggins is an acclaimed Filmmaker. Various films that she has produced have been accepted into dozens of film festivals around the country and have received awards. Titles include Perfect Day, Chi~Voices: A Poetic Film Series, Ride Shade, and an independent feature comedy set in Chicago, Call Center. Huggins has served as a production, distribution and impact strategist for many documentary organizations including Brave New Films, ITVS, Documentary Educational Resources, and The Redford Center. Currently, Huggins serves as the Campaign and Grassroots Partnerships Manager at Picture Motion. Huggins enjoys spending time with her loved ones and a rich glass of cabernet. Huggins continues to develop multifaceted characters honing in stories about Black Americans in her personal film work.
Mike is a senior editor at Citizen Film, a non-profit documentary production company based in San Francisco. He also advises students on editing and story structure at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a producer and editor, he's been nominated for two national Emmy Awards. His work has also been recognized with a duPont-Columbia Award and an Overseas Press Club Award. He's worked on films for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, New York Times Television, and HBO, among others. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Kate is a producer, writer and researcher from northern New York. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones magazine, The Drift, San Francisco Magazine, The Rumpus, and many other publications, and has been cited or followed by The New York Times, MSNBC, Vox, VICE, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Planned Parenthood, among others.
Myah is a graduate student at the School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, where she's studying documentary filmmaking. Her area of focus is on culture, environmental justice and healthcare inequities among marginalized communities and genders. She is a Bay Area native and a graduate of San Francisco State University's journalism program. After graduating with a bachelor’s of arts in journalism, and minor in English Literature, Myah started working as a full-time production assistant for Peter Nicks’ latest documentary and third film in a trilogy about Oakland’s public systems, HOMEROOM, and has freelanced for many other projects since.
Second Camera, Sound Recordist
Nailah joined the New York Times video department as a Weekend Live News Producer in early 2021. Before that she was a Video Producer at the Wall Street Journal for two years. Nailah has spent the last five years shooting, directing, and editing video productions that explore the complexities of culture, community, and politics. She's produced for NowThis News, Today show, KQED, PBS NewsHour, Oakland North, Al Jazeera, NBC BLK, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and produced international documentaries in Egypt, Sweden, and Mexico. Nailah earned her master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in documentary production at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She shot the opening scene for the 2017 Student Academy Award winning film, Hale.
Claudia is a filmmaker and creator curious about human migrations, and finding home as physical place or as state of being. In 2020 she directed the documentary Dear Homeland, produced by KQED (PBS affiliate). She's currently producing a series with AJ+ Español about decolonization in Latin America. In the past years she made short documentary and experimental works about Bay Area artists and culture makers for KQED Arts, nominated for three local Emmy's and winning one. Before joining KQED, I directed, produced and edited short fiction films, fashion videos, stop motion animations, as well as non-fiction journalism work for AJ+, Common Sense Media, National Geographic, Mission Local, NBC’s former The Feast. She has also designed zines, maps and posters, and had participated in art shows in San Francisco. Trained as an architect in my home city of Medellín, Colombia, and with an interdisciplinary background, she takes both a poetic and critical approach to her work; each film, illustration, or photography is an opportunity to experiment, ask questions and take risks.
DAWN PORTER | Director, Trilogy Films
BROOK HOLSTON | Post Production Supervisor
ROBERT CALO | Executive Producer
Additional Associate Producers