Deborah S. Esquenazi
Deborah S. Esquenazi is a documentary filmmaker, radio producer, curator and journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology & justice, identity & power. She is a Rockwood JustFilms Ford Foundation Fellow, 2016; Firelight Media Lab Fellow, 2016; Artist-in-Residence at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in Austin, 2016-18; Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, 2015; Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, 2014. Her projects have received support from Humanities Texas, Sundance Institute in association with JustFilms Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IFP, Arcus Fund, Paul Robeson Fund, and many others. Her debut feature documentary, "Southwest of Salem," premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim, and is a reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against the ‘San Antonio Four’ during the ’Satanic Panic’ of the 1980-90’s.
Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film," PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer whose credits include "Trinidad" (Showtime, LOGO) and "Before You Know It," which follows the lives of three gay senior men described as "a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon" by indieWIRE.
"Before You Know It" screened theatrically both nationally and internationally and premiered as the season finale of America Reframed on PBS The World Channel. PJ is currently in production on "Untitled Jennifer Laude Documentary" that follows the controversial murder of a Filipina transwoman by an accused U.S. Marine. The documentary is currently supported by Ford Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Sundance Film Institute, Arcus Foundation and Fork Films.
Anlo Sepulveda is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent work, "Yakona," premiered at SXSW in 2014 and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary in the Visions category. "Yakona," an experimental documentary told from the perspective of the San Marcos River, screened at numerous film festivals worldwide, garnering multiple awards and glowing press reviews. His first feature film, "Otis Under Sky," is an unscripted narrative about a socially inept web artist who finds unrequited love, which premiered at SXSW in 2010.
Anlo developed his unique cinematic approach through numerous narrative and documentary short films. He creates work that is narratively fluid and visually dynamic. Experimental in his creative approach, Anlo enjoys merging narrative storytelling with documentary elements and visa versa. Anlo is currently developing several projects that blur the lines between narrative, experimental and documentary.