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Co-Director, The Road to Justice
Brendan is a documentary filmmaker telling stories of the natural world and beyond. He has pursued projects centered around nature, culture, and social justice.
After earning his BA in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Brendan went on to work at the National Geographic Channel, assisting with the development of new programming. He has since travelled the world directing content for major international non-profits, brands, and agencies.
His last short doc, Maggie Rogers: Back In My Body, received a Vimeo Staff Pick and screened at film festivals in the U.S. and London. His first feature doc, Westward, follows a journey through 20 national parks to meet the incredible people within them.
In his work and personal life, Brendan is especially passionate about connecting people with the outdoors and public lands.
Producer, Director & Editor, Becoming More Visible
Pamela is a New York based, independent producer/director and mother of two, who specializes in fly-on-the-wall films. In all her work, whether it’s Mick Jagger talking about the Rolling Stones, an anxious parent taking her child for an IQ test, or a heart attack survivor recounting a near-death experience, Pamela shines in her ability to capture the triumphs and tragedies of her subjects with intimacy and realism.
During the pandemic, Pamela was producing long-form virtual productions as well as continuing her work on her second feature Change Can’t Wait, a cinematic exploration of the rise of Black women in American politics, weaving captivating contemporary candidates with their historic counterparts.
Currently she is in pre-production for a documentary on the “Universal Hip Hop Museum” scheduled to release next year. She also recently finished her first short documentary, A Feminist Lens: The Art & Activism of Photographer Joan Roth.
Producer, More Than a President's Mother
Steven is an award-winning producer/director whose shows have been seen on and off Broadway, on national tours, in regional theatres, and internationally. He produced the docudrama film, Miss Lillian: More Than A President’s Mother, which is based on the one-woman stage play he produces, Miss Lillian -- The Lillian Carter Story. He is also the Co-Producer of In the Name of Hope, which is being directed by Christine Leuthold.
As a producer, Steven has won three Ovation Awards for Best Musical and a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities and the Hermosa Beach Playhouse for ten years. Other shows he has produced include Hurlyburly starring Sean Penn and the six-year run of Greater Tuna in San Francisco.
Also an accomplished director, he directed the Paris premiere of A Picasso, a play by Jeffrey Hatcher. He has over 50 credits as a Musical Director, as well as being a General Manager, a Company Manager, a Stage Manager, and an editor/dramaturg.
Co-Director, The Road to Justice
Kaliya is an award-winning writer and director. She was a top-five finalist for Tribeca and AT&T’s Untold Stories competition. Her pitch for her feature Expatriates received the Fan Favorite Award.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her short film, The Grown-ups was a finalist at NYU’s First Run Film Festival, and received awards for Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast. The film was nominated for a National Board of Review award and was an official selection of HBO’s Urbanworld Film Festival. Her dance film Revelation was selected to show in IFC’s Short Attention Span Cinema Series.
In Tanzania, she directed a documentary on maternal and reproductive health for Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also worked as the Behind-the-Scenes Director of Photography on Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, and In the Heights, produced by Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Richard B. Pierre
Director, Producer, & Writer
Richard is an award-winning multiracial Black filmmaker whose films have aired on TV and screened in festivals worldwide. His work tackles a range of genres and subject matter; most recently focussing on race. What Are You? is his first documentary and was nominated for a 2020 Golden Sheaf Award and premiered on TVO.
His professional experience includes writing, producing, and directing. His first feature-length script, Crooked was a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship. His first dramatic short The Toboggan, funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his interactive short Far From The Heart was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award, and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival Emerging 20 Filmmaker. His newest short, An Uninvited Guest, funded by the Ontario Arts Council, won Best Thriller at the 2020 HollyShorts Film Festival and was broadcast on CBC.
Thank you to Video Project for their support of this series and providing access to The Road to Justice, Becoming More Visible and What Are You?
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