Julie Wyman is an award-winning filmmaker and a performer, writer, and professor. Her 2004 film, Buoyant, screened at MoMA New York, the Walker Arts Center, the La Jolla MoCA and at festivals internationally. Her full-length documentary, A Boy Named Sue (2000) aired on Showtime, the MTV’s Logo TV, and screened at festivals internationally, winning the 2001 Sappho Award for Best Documentary and receiving a nomination for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s Media Award for Best Documentary. Wyman’s writing has been published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and an edited volume entitled Scholarly Acts. Wyman is also a member of the artist/activist collective BLW whose performance work, has been featured at venues including the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, Pilot Television, Chicago, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford. Wyman holds a an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a Professor of Digital Filmmaking in the Cinema and Technocultural Studies Department at UC Davis.
Vivian Kleiman is a veteran documentary filmmaker, producer and writer whose work has been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award, Organization of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award, International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and a national Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement. She has collaborated with San Francisco-based ITVS on several co-productions broadcast on national PBS including Roam Sweet Home, Forgotten Fires, First Person Plural, Hope Along the Wind, Maquilapolis and the recently completed The Key of G (which won top prize at its premiere in May at the SF International Film Festival Golden Gate competition). She served as Senior Producer/Series Director of The Meaning of Food, a three-part series broadcast on national PBS funded in part by Knorr Foods. A longtime collaborator with landmark filmmaker Marlon Riggs with whom she co-founded Signifyin’ Works, her credits include Tongues Untied (Additional Camera) and Color Adjustment (Producer/Research Director). She also supervised the posthumous completion of his final film, Black Is…Black Ain’t. Ms. Kleiman also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Stanford University’s Department of Communication Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production for 9 years.
Anne is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who works in feature film, television and documentary. Her recent credits include the feature film “Return” by Liza Johnson, “Duck,” a feature film starring Philip Baker Hall, Bill Cobbs and the AFLAC ducks. “Duck” was released theatrically in 2007. Additionally, narrative short films that Anne has photographed have been internationally and nationally recognized, including “South of Ten”, which was selected to be screened on opening night at the 2006 New York Film Festival before Stephen Frear’s “The Queen”, and “Sissy French Fry”, which was selected as the Comedy Grand Prize winner at the PlanetOut Short Film Awards in 2006. Documentaries that Anne has shot have aired on Showtime and have screened in film festivals around the world. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Anne is currently photographing shows for MTV, The History Channel, The Food Network, and The Learning Channel (TLC).
Vicky Funari is a documentary filmmaker and editor. She directed and edited the feature-length documentaries MAQUILÁPOLIS, Paulina, and Live Nude Girls Unite!. Her short films include skin•es•the•si•a and Alternative Conceptions. Her work has screened in many of the world’s most respected film festivals, including Sundance, Locarno, Havana, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tribeca, and Guadalajara. Her films have received many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival; Lifetime Television’s Vision Award, Hamptons Film Festival; and Audience Award for Best Documentary, Women’s International Film Festival of Barcelona. Her films have aired nationally on PBS, HBO/Cinemax, and the Sundance Channel. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow and a MacDowell Colony fellow.
Jennifer Chinlund has edited many documentaries, both historical and contemporary in subject matter. Several of her films have been on the POV series: The Self Made Man, Discovering Dominga, Baby It’s You, and Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, which was also nominated for an Academy Award and received an Emmy. Other broadcast credits include Secrets of Silicon Valley, Beyond the Call, and Butte, America, all three broadcast on Independent Lens; Coming to Light, Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian on American Masters; Ishi, the Last Yahi on American Experience. Her films have also been shown at many international festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, and Tribeca.
Sara is a Bay Area-based filmmaker and a graduate of Reed College. Her credits include work on the documentaries Prison Town, USA (POV 2007) and River of Renewal (Best Documentary, 2008 American Indian Film Festival). She also served as an Associate Producer for the documentary Our Summer in Tehran (2010) a co-production with ITVS directed by award-winning filmmaker Justine Shapiro. In addition to her work in documentary, Sara taught media arts to Miwok and Maidu youth for several years and has served as a mentor in the American Indian Film Institute’s Tribal Touring Program. She is currently an MFA candidate at Stanford University.