Director, Producer & Cinematographer
Emma Fidel is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and journalist in New York City. Emma is a co-producer of The New York Times' feature documentary Sorry/Not Sorry and the field producer for Raoul Peck's feature doc Silver Dollar Road (Amazon Studios), both of which will premiere at TIFF 2023. She was the U.S. field producer for Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath (HBO, Sundance 2021, Peabody Award), co-producer of Take Your Pills: Xanax (Netflix), and co-producer of Once Upon a Time in Uganda (DOC NYC 2021 Grand Jury Prize, New York Times Critic's Pick). Emma previously worked as an award-winning director/producer at VICE News, telling stories about politics and policy, gender, and climate change. She has reported for The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and the Associated Press.
Dan Ming is an Emmy-nominated correspondent and Peabody-winning producer who covers politics, inequality, and LGBTQ+ issues. He most recently produced the Peabody Award-winning series Transnational for VICE. Before joining VICE News, Dan was the co-producer of the Netflix original documentary Take Your Pills (SXSW 2018). He also worked at Al Jazeera English as a producer for the Emmy-nominated program The Stream.
Brittany Ross is an Emmy-nominated and Webby, NABJ, Scripps Howard, Dupont and Front Page Award-winning editor. She has worked on features including Before I Disappear and Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play. Brittany previously worked at VICE News where she edited pieces for VICE on HBO, Vice News Tonight, and digital shorts.
American Music Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Orkin draws influence from a wide array of genres, combining modular synthesis with acoustic instrumentation and experimental production techniques to create unique sonic pallets for each project he scores. His festival laurels include Sundance, Tribeca, Champs-Élysées, SXSW, Berlinale, TIFF and AFI as well as series and films on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Mubi, Discovery+, PBS and the CBC. Andrew is also a Fulbright Scholar and Arts Research Africa fellow.
Michael da Rocha
Michael da Rocha is a film producer. He is the executive producer of the 2021 short film Edmundo, awarded Best Film at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Festival in Portugal. Developed with his creative partner and director, William Vitoria, Eduardo also featured in LGBTQA+ film festivals in Brazil, Austria and Malta.
Jael Campbell received her B.A. in Film & Media Studies from Dartmouth College in 2022. She works as a studio and production assistant for Lloyd Steven and Top Image Services. Jael finds expression through poetry, prose, and fiction writing, and enjoys capturing the human spirit through cinematography, filmmaking, and photography.
Gigi Dement produced the 2011 Academy Award-winning Best Live Action Short, God of Love, becoming the first Filipino to ever to produce an Academy Award-winning film. She then went on to produce scripted features Bastards of Young and Babygirl, and more recently produced the 2021 DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize winner Once Upon a Time In Uganda. Gigi is a double alumna of New York University's undergraduate and graduate film programs, where she currently holds a faculty position teaching producing.
Rob Profusek is an Emmy-nominated entrepreneur and creative executive dedicated to the convergence of storytelling, technology, and digital media. He is the founder of Digital Harvest Media and has previously worked as GM and Chief Creative Officer of Bellrock Brands and the Director of Business Development & Corporate Strategy, and separately an Executive Producer, at Condé Nast Entertainment. Film producing credits include Kusama: Infinity (Magnolia, Sundance 2019), Born Free (Roco Films/Film Platform), and Holy Rollers (Sundance 2010).
Donna Gruneich is an investor and philanthropist with decades of expertise supporting the long-term sustainability and finances of arts and education organizations. She currently sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. Individual film producing credits include Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, Emmy Award-winning Chasing Coral, The Social Dilemma, The Bad Kids, House of Z, House of Tomorrow, Night Comes On, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, Before You Know it, Late Bloomers, Riddle of Fire and Aftershock.
Milena Mikael-Debass is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with over a decade of experience covering underreported stories of agency and resistance. During her time at Al Jazeera, Huffington Post and VICE News, she produced a variety of projects including live broadcasts, television docuseries, and digital-first short docs.
Catherine T. Nguyen recently received her B.F.A in Film & Television at NYU Tisch with a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology at Stern. She has worked alongside Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmakers and most recently was a producer on Chicken, which had a world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. Her works tend to explore familial dynamics and Asian cultures as well as a nostalgia for the past.