FILMMAKERS

IVEY CAMILLE MANYBEADS TSO

Director

Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso is an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker, and a recent fellow with the Firelight Media Documentary Filmmaker Lab. She started making films at the age of 9, through the Native youth media project Outta Your Backpack Media. At the age of 13 she made the award-winning fiction film In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, based in the true story of her great-great-great grandmother Yellow Woman, who lived through the Navajo Long Walk of 1864-1868. The film screened in over 90 film festivals internationally and won 11 awards. Ivey Camille continued to refine her filmmaking craft with a full scholarship to Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. She later returned home to work on films in her community of Navajo Nation. At the age of 19, Ivey Camille began work on Powerlands, her first feature.

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TIM TSAI

Editor

Tim is a Taiwanese American filmmaker whose feature documentary SEADRIFT chronicles the racial hostilities that erupted during the early days of Vietnamese refugee arrival on the Texas gulf coast. The film premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS. Other work include PIONEERS FROM THE EAST, a series of short films on early Chinese Texans for Austin PBS, and editing the "pure-cinema" film YAKONA (SXSW Audience Award). He holds an MFA in film production from U.T. Austin, is the former executive director of the Austin Asian American Film Festival, and is a Firelight Media Documentary Labs alum.

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DANIEL FRENCH

Music

Born & raised in L.A.’s diverse San Gabriel Valley, Daniel grew up with musical influences from around the world. His first gig in music came when he got caught playing a pair of unattended bongo drums at church at age 10. Daniel started in the youth group band & now he works as a musician & composer based in Los Angeles. Pre-covid, he toured the world 6 months a year with his band Las Cafeteras, gracing stages from WOMAD to Montreal Jazz, Bonnaroo to the Hollywood Bowl & beyond. Bridging purpose with party, Las Cafeteras’ music continues to reach ears worldwide. You can hear Daniel’s music featured in award-winning shows like Kamau Bell's United Shades of America, Party of Five, telenovela Bajo El Mismo Cielo, & even Bernie Sanders rallies. You can follow him at @frenchismexican.

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MELISA CARDONA

Cinematographer

Mel is a first generation queer Latinx self-taught artivist who grew up between Atlanta, GA and her parents native land of Colombia. After fleeing to Atlanta in the wake of the mid 90's drug war, a shy Mel held a camera for the first time in the middle of a Louisiana swamp, during a full harvest moon, thus catapulting them into a blessed path of telling stories from both sides of the lens.

After over 16 years of working with cameras to tell stories, Mel birthed a small company to foster all of her artistic endeavors. The company focuses on stories by, for and about Women of Color, highlighting stories of Queer Women of Color via film, acting and cinematography at MoonLab PICTURES.


Mel is committed to creating stories that empower Queer Women of Color while dismantling all forms of oppression through film, photography, acting and digital art for a beautiful new mañana. Mel is currently based in New Orleans.

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JORDAN FLAHERTY

Producer

Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has produced dozens of hours of film and television, including for Al Jazeera’s Emmy, Peabody and DuPont-award winning program Faultlines; as well as short and long-form documentaries for Democracy Now and teleSUR, reporting in the New York Times and Washington Post, and writing two books based on his reporting. He is also a communications professional, working with civil rights and human rights organizations including Partners for Dignity & Rights. He began his producing career with the independent feature film Chocolate Babies, which was recently added to the Criterion Collection. You can find more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.

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EMILY FAYE RATNER

Producer

Emily Faye Ratner is a media maker and lawyer based in New Orleans whose work focuses on state violence. She has organized with local groups to challenge law enforcement violence, incarceration, and occupation and imperialism, working with organizations including Safe Streets Strong Communities, the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, and New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS). She has also co-convened Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, at times serving as Patois' Festival Director and as a member of its organizing collective. Her criminal defense practice focuses on finding paths to freedom for people sentenced to life in prison, and her civil rights practice focuses on revealing the everyday violence implicit in American policing and incarceration. Emily is a proud member of the National Lawyers Guild, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Board of Directors of Junebug Productions.

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EWA JASIEWICZ

Producer

Ewa Jasiewicz is a London-based writer and union organiser. She’s been part of solidarity initiatives on the ground in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as climate justice, anticapitalist and abolitionist movements in the UK, and no border struggles in Poland. Her first book Podpalic Gaze (Raze Gaza) was nominated for the Beata Pawlak Award. She has written for the Guardian, Independent, Al Jazeera and Le Monde Diplomatique Polish Edition. Powerlands is her first film.

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