Ruxandra Guidi has almost two decades of experience telling stories in public radio, magazines, and multimedia, and has reported throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Sam Stephenson is a writer and documentarian that grew up in Washington, North Carolina. In addition to his books, Sam has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Tin House, among others, and is the founder of Rock Fish Stew.
Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware; a nonprofit cinema arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 the organization established a series of analog filmmaking workshops, and has grown to include in their activities an equipment rentals program and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema.
Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film & Television and Sociology. In May of 2015 she completed her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. Ava’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more.
Cynthia Hill is a documentary director and producer, based in Durham, North Carolina. Hill is the creator, directior, and producer of the television show A Chef's Life (2013–present), as well as the documentary films Private Violence (2014), “The Guestworker” (2006), and “Tobacco Money Feeds My Family” (2003). Her production company is Markay Media.