A native Floridian and decades-long resident of New Orleans, McKinnon is interested in work that highlights the unique cultures and social issues of the Gulf South.
Darcy McKinnon is a documentary filmmaker and Executive Director of NOVAC, the New Orleans Video Access Center, which has been supporting community-based media in Southeast Louisiana since 1972. She is a co-founder of ALL Y'ALL, with Elaine McMillion Sheldon. McKinnon's work in documentary includes the film "Maquilapolis" and "Live, Nude, Girls, UNITE!". She produces documentary work with Southern filmmakers, and is currently in post-production on "Animals" a short documentary about New Orleans' love affair with a shoe, in production on "Neutral Ground" with CJ Hunt, a documentary about New Orleans' struggle to remove Confederate monuments, in development on "Commuted" with Nailah Jefferson, which explores the impact of Louisiana's criminal justice dysfunctions through the portrait of the life of one woman, which just received development funding from Chicken & Egg.
Zac Manuel is a filmmaker from New Orleans, and co-founder of The Greenhouse Collective, specializing in directing and cinematography. His short films, In The Garden, The Clock, Dreamthroat, LIKE, and Painted Lady have played in competition at various domestic and international festivals, including but not limited to SXSW, New Orleans Film Festival, MECAL International Shorts Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His feature films, LIVE EVIL and Walk on Some Heads saw limited release in New Orleans and New York. Zac has directed and photographed numerous music videos and collaborations with visual and performance artists, his work being featured on platforms such as Billboard, Fader, Complex, My Modern Met, and many more. He is in currently in production on his second documentary feature, bloodthicker, a comingof-
age story about three young, New Orleans rappers and the bonds they share with their celebrity fathers.
Lily Keber is a filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans. Her directorial debut, Bayou Maharajah, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has since won many awards including the Oxford American prize for Best Southern Film. The film has been described as “the best documentary ever made on a New Orleans musician.”
Her previous work has covered the Department of Homeland Security's policy of family detention, prison conditions in Gaza and the deteriorating environmental conditions on the Gulf Coast. Her work has appeared on Democracy Now!, GritTV with Laura Flanders, Current TV, Electronic Intifada, SF Bay View, CommonDreams, and local PBS programming. Her current project, Buckjumping, dives into a never before-seen side of New Orleans through the lens of its most democratic cultural art form: dance. From second lines to drag to high school marching bands, the film paints a dynamic portrait of a city’s spirituality, resilience and resourcefulness.
Jillian Hall is the Programs Manager at NOVAC:BR. She is also a documentary film producer and youth media educator with a passion for socially-conscious storytelling. Jillian's past productions include the award-winning indie documentary "Yakona," a documentary short for the Time, Inc series New Orleans Here & Now, the History Channel series American Daredevils, and a nationally broadcast PBS series as part of MHC.tv.
Zack Godshall makes films about unsung people and places that exist along the fringes of culture. His subjects range from claim adjusters working in post-Katrina New Orleans to divinely inspired folk architects. His first two narrative films, Low and Behold and Lord Byron, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and were distributed by Sundance Artists' Services, and his documentaries have played on Time.com, The Documentary Channel, and garnered awards at film festivals around the country.
The Ross Brothers
The Ross Brothers films have been featured at museums and film festivals throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the British Film Institute in London. Their work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Rooftop Filmmaker’s Fund, Cinereach, The San Francisco Film Society and a generous grant from the late Roger Ebert. They were honored as Ambassadors for the American Film Showcase and as Sundance Documentary Institute Fellows.
Their first feature length film, "45365," was the winner of the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. They went onto receive numerous accolades, including nominations for Editing, Cinematography, and Debut Feature at the Cinema Eye Honors; the film was also broadcast as part of PBS’ Independent Lens Series. Their second feature, "Tchoupitoulas," had its world premiere at SXSW in 2012 and premiered internationally at CPH:DOX, where it won Special Mention. It went onto receive awards at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (Best Documentary), the Dallas International Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize), the Indie Grits Festival (Big Grit), and the HotDocs Festival (the Emerging Artist Award).
In 2015, they premiered "Western" at the Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking. It had previously been part of the Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch. "Western" has gone onto receive a number of notable awards, including the SXSW Louis Black Lonestar Award, The AIFF Les Blank Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, and the San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award, among others. Western was also featured in New Directors New Films. Their latest project, "Contemporary Color," premiered as the Opening Film of the World Documentary Competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where it garnered the Juried Awards for Best Documentary Editing and Best Cinematography.
Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling and social justice. Her most recent project, "Land of Opportunity," chronicles the reconstruction of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines and asks the question: What kinds of cities do we want to (re)build in the 21st century? The multi-platform documentary includes an award-winning film and groundbreaking interactive web platform funded by Ford, Rockefeller, Chicken and Egg Pictures, NBPC and Arte. Luisa also co-produced the acclaimed documentary, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price." Her first fiction film "Bolo" was produced in Brasil. She has also written for the animated series "Go, Diego, Go!!"
She received a screenwriting fellowship from Disney/ABC. She taught screenwriting and documentary filmmaking at Tulane University. She attended Brown University and received an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University. She currently consults on impact-driven storytelling for a diverse range of clients, including the Ford Foundation.
Brent Joseph is an award-winning writer, director and editor of documentaries and fiction films. He started as an assistant in cutting rooms for a variety of films, including Larry Clark’s cult classic "Bully," David Fincher’s Oscar-winner "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Seth Rogen’s "This is the End." He then became an editor on several films, including "Shell Shocked" (PBS, co-writer), "MTV’s True Life: I’m Living in Iraq" (Edward R. Morrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary, co-editor), and "Five Time Champion" (SXSW). Brent also directed two short documentaries about Hurricane Katrina, which screened at over fifteen festivals from Los Angeles to Paris. The first, "A Loud Color," was featured on NPR, streamed on IFC’s website and was distributed through Netflix by Media That Matters. The second, "Holdout," was included on the Best of Slamdance 2008 DVD. Brent also owns Digital Narrative Archive, a production company that specializes in personal history films.