KATIE GALLOWAY, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, founder and principal of BIG PICTURES, is a documentary filmmaker, investigative reporter & impact producer whose work explores the intersections of institutional power, civil & human rights and political activism. Her feature documentary THE RETURN (POV, 2016), the third in her trilogy on the 21st century American justice system, follows the release of thousands of “lifers” after a historic reform as a lens through which to consider downsizing mass incarceration. BETTER THIS WORLD (POV, 2011) follows the case of young friends from Texas charged with domestic terrorism after falling under the sway of an older activist/undercover FBI informant. PRISON TOWN, USA (POV, 2007) looks at the impact of the prison boom on rural America through Susanville, a town with more prisoners than free people.
Galloway's other work includes the feature documentary EL POETA (VOCES, 2015) which follows a spontaneous uprising against Mexico's violent drug war (and its US roots) sparked by the murder of a poet's son; a trio of films on the justice system for PBS FRONTLINE (SNITCH, THE CASE FOR INNOCENCE and REQUIEM FOR FRANK LEE SMITH) and a body of shorts that have screened to live audiences around the world and been distributed by a range of media partners including the New York Times Op-Docs series, Field of Vision, Mother Jones, USA Today, This Week Tonight with Jon Oliver, The Marshall Project's Viewfinder series and others.
Her work has been shown at NY MoMA's Director's Fortnight, at Lincoln Center, on Capitol Hill, inside prisons nationwide and with top festivals and broadcasters internationally. She has received the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award, an IDA Creative Achievement Award, The Imagen Awards' Best Documentary prize, a Peabody and five National Emmy Nominations, as well as Best Doc awards from San Francisco International, Tribeca, Human Rights and other respected festivals.
A recent Sundance Institute and Fledgling Fund Fellow, Galloway's earlier fellowships and residencies have been with HBO/Film Independent (Producing); Sundance/Women-In-Film's Women's Initiative (Directing & Producing) and at UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, where she was the filmmaker in residence. She has taught documentary filmmaking, history and theory at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she hold's a Master's, and in Media Studies at UC Berkeley, where she holds a Ph.D. in Politics. An Oakland native, Galloway lives and works in Berkeley, California.
DAWN VALADEZ, PRODUCER/CO-DIRECTOR, is a filmmaker, social worker, artist, youth development specialist, resource wrangler and impact strategist. Her award-winning feature documentary GOING ON 13 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It follows the stories of four girls of color as they transform from 9 year old little girls into 13 year old teen-women, examining via an intimate, verite-driven approach the experience of young women growing up in America.
In addition to spearheading THE PUSHOUTS impact campaign, Valadez is in production on her feature documentary TEACHER LIKE ME, which she is directing and producing. The film tells the stories of five leaders of color striving to become teachers in a system that once failed them. Once wrapped, TEACHER LIKE ME will complete Valadez's trilogy on race, class, education and coming of age in the 21st Century U.S.
Valadez’s work is supported by the Ford Foundation/Just Films, Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access, The California Humanities Council, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, CPB, Latino Public Broadcasting, The San Francisco Foundation, Fledgling Fund, the Logan Foundation and others. Her work has been awarded numerous awards and honors, including most recently the Saul Zaentz Artist Award (2017), a Chicago Media Project Impact Prize (2018) and the Imagen Awards' Best Documentary Award (2018). Vice President of the board of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), Valadez advises on documentary films and public engagement campaigns and acts as a review panelist for a range of public documentary and other media funders.
Past residencies and fellows programs have included the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Producer's Academy, The Sundance Lab / Skoll Foundation's STORIES OF CHANGE Initiative; the BAVC Media Makers Fellowship; NALIP's Latino Producer's Academy and Media Market and the Women of Color Filmmakers' Artist Residency Center. She lives and works in Oakland, California. www.dawnvaladez.com
DANIELLA BROWER SUEUGA, PRODUCER/CO-WRITER, is a documentary producer, researcher and writer who has worked in the film, legal and investigative fields for nearly 20 years. Her long and short-form work has covered a range of issues including the American criminal justice system, the rise of mass incarceration, international arms trafficking and post-Hurricane Katrina social and economic policy.
Prior to producing and co-writing THE PUSHOUTS, Sueuga researched, reported on, and produced a range of films including the feature documentaries MINE (Independent Lens) and PRISON TOWN (POV), the short film ERIC & ANNA (Field of Vision) and a number of others for broadcasters including PBS FRONTLINE, National Geographic Films, CBS and Court TV.
SHARON TILLER, SENIOR PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, is the executive producer for special projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her most recent documentary project for CIR is To Kill a Sparrow, a film about young women in Afghanistan jailed for moral crimes. The film received top honors at the International Film Awards Berlin and the Taos Shortz Film Festival.
From 1995-2011, Tiller was senior producer for special projects at FRONTLINE, including a four-part series Drug Wars about America’s thirty year, $30 billion campaign to combat drug trafficking. The series was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award and a national Emmy. For nine seasons from 2001-2010, Tiller was also the executive-in-charge of FRONTLINE/World, the groundbreaking PBS international news magazine that featured the work of a new generation of video journalists. The series was honored with the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award.
From 1989-1994, Tiller was the executive director and executive producer of CIR, where she co-produced investigative documentaries for FRONTLINE, including Global Dumping Ground with Bill Moyers, which won a World Affairs Council Award of Excellence for International Reporting; The Great American Bailout, which won a George Polk Award for National Television Reporting; Best Campaign Money Can Buy, which won a national Emmy; and School Colors, which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award.
Tiller was a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for thirteen years, teaching and mentoring a diverse group of documentary journalists.
STEPHANIE MECHURA, EDITOR, has been editing documentary films for more than 20 years, teaming up with storytellers who share a simple ideal: a powerful film can change our world for the better.
Mechura's career began at Winton DuPont Films in San Francisco, where she fell in love with long-form documentary film editing under the tutelage of the now President of the San Francisco Film Society, David Winton. During her tenure at WdF, Stephanie witnessed the potential documentary films have for creating social change, editing specials for PBS, and multi-part series for National Geographic. She went on to become a staff editor with Lucasfilm, Ltd. in George Lucas' Documentary Unit at Skywalker Ranch, editing historical documentaries which aspired to tell stories from the past as a lens through which we might examine events of the present day.
A freelance editor for more than a decade, Stephanie's feature-length documentaries have premiered at festivals such Telluride, Sarasota and Human Rights Watch, as well as the European Independent Film Festival. Her films have appeared on multiple broadcast specials and series, most notably PBS Frontline and Independent Lens, as well as The New York Times OpDocs. Stephanie's Emmy-nominated films have received many of journalism's highest awards, including the DuPont Columbia Award, the Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking, and the Daniel Pearl Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Through her close affiliations with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Stephanie continues to work alongside the world's most dedicated journalists and filmmakers to bring their stories to light. Her most recent film, The Game Changers, is directed by Oscar-Winning filmmaker Louis Psihoyos, and will be premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Stephanie lives with her daughter in Oakland, California.
MARIO FURLONI, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CO-DIRECTOR, is an award-winning Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Oakland, CA. He is the cinematographer and co-producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary “The Return,” which chronicles the end of California’s three strikes law through the eyes of former lifers. “The Return” won the Audience Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and the Golden Gate Award at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. It was the opening film shown on the PBS series POV this year, and was nominated for a Peabody Award and an Emmy.
Mario has directed a number of short documentary and fiction projects, including “Gut Hack” (NYT OPDocs 2017, SXSW, SF Film Festival) and “Pot Country” (national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards, Hot Docs 2012, winner of USA Short Film Festival), as well as the Brazilian short fiction film “Tem Alguém Feliz em Algum Lugar /Someone is Happy Somewhere” (San Francisco Film Festival, AspenShorts Film Festival).
Mario shot the short documentary “After My Garden Grows,” by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Megan Mylan, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. He was awarded a Kenneth Ranin Foundation screenwriting grant (previous winners include “Fruitvale Station” and “Short Term 12”) and a residency with the San Francisco Film Society. He has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
B. QUINCY GRIFFIN, COMPOSER and Berkeley native, has scored over a dozen feature films including Oscar nominated “Daughter from Danang” and Sundance Film Festival winner “My Flesh and Blood.” His recent feature film scores include, “Without a Net”, “A Kind of Order”, “One in a Million”, and “We’ve Got the Power.” His music can also be heard in the 2012 Oscar nominated documentary short “The Barber of Birmingham”, “The Waiting Room” (opening sequence), the Benjamin Bratt film “La Mission”, “The Two Escobars”, and “Better This World.” In addition, he recently wrote and produced the first ever Hip Hop songs for the television show “Dora the Explorer.”
Quincy founded and produced the Latin Hip-Hop band “O-Maya”, produced rapper Deuce Eclipse’s album “Indigenous Noise”, and is currently writing with and producing for vocalist Luqman Frank. A sampling of Quincy’s work can be viewed and heard at www.quincygriffin.com.
CHANA BEN-DOV, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, was born in Haifa, Israel, and moved to Brooklyn with her family when she was 2. When she was in her 30's Chana moved to Los Angeles, California, where she began working on films and teaching at a local college. In 1999, Chana adopted her daughter, Eliana, from Tucson, Arizona. Since then, this celebrated producer has worked on numerous documentaries and films. Chana lives in New York City with her daughter.