• Dee Hibbert-Jones is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy award winning filmmaker. She produces and directs animated documentary films on issues of criminal justice and civic responsibility. Her animated documentary short film Last Day of Freedom (2015) was nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy and International Documentary Association’s Best Short. She was awarded a California Public Defenders Association Gideon Award, for support to indigent minorities, and a United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award in recognition for her outstanding national commitment to civil rights and social justice for her film work. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, supported by a Creative Capital Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, IDA Enterprise Fund, NEA award, Cal Humanities Documentary Project Grant, Creative Work Fund and others. Hibbert-Jones is a Professor of Art, Film & New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
• Nomi Talisman is an award winning independent filmmaker and new media artist, based in San Francisco. Her short film Last Day pf Freedom (2015) was nominated for an Academy Award and won an Emmy and the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Short. Her work was supported by Creative Capital, a Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA grant, Cal Humanities Documentary Project Grant, Creative Work Fund and others, and was screened and exhibited internationally. For her work on Last Day of Freedom, Talisman was awarded a California Public Defenders Association Gideon Award, for support to indigent minorities, and a United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award in recognition for her outstanding national commitment to civil rights and social justice. Talisman is a recipient of Dukes’ Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) Filmmaker Award, and currently (2019) a resident at San Francisco Filmhouse. Talisman’s professional work with legal mitigation specialists enabled her to build relationships of trust with the prisoners and families whose stories are at the heart of her animated documentary films.
• Amilca Palmer is a Brooklyn-based producer and researcher. She has worked on numerous critically acclaimed documentaries, including the celebrated PBS series African American Lives with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Emmy Award-winning film The Murder of Emmett Till. Her documentary work has taken her to Angola, Central Africa to film with comedian Chris Tucker, onto concert stages with renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock for PBS’s American Masters, and into the personal archives of Yoko Ono. As Archival Producer she has researched a range of historical periods and figures uncovering rare footage, photography and ephemera for award-winning films, including the Emmy-nominated The Great Invisible and Peabody Award-winning LENNONYC. Other recent projects include Koch, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, and the upcoming docuseries Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men. Amilca is a 2018-2019 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow.
Without their support:
Community Resource Initiative – for all their support regarding witness interviews, understanding legal issues and the delicate ground we’re walking on.
Eric Johnson at Trailblazers Studio – sound work and ongoing support.
Xavier Adams – filming Morehouse College graduation ceremony in 2019.
SFFILM residency – for all the advising, connecting, ongoing feedback and support.
International Documentary Association (IDA) – our beloved fiscal sponsor, and so much more!
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