Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is a film and television actor and filmmaker, born and raised on a Mohawk reservation in Canada. Mainly known for her leading role as Aila in the award-winning feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Devery was nominated for Best Actress at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Oscars). She has also been featured as the voice of Sam in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Michonne, leading role in The Sun at Midnight, and series regular, Tina in the go90 web series, COLD. Jacobs made her directorial debut with the short film STOLEN, which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, CA, and she is currently in development for her next short film, Rae.
Alana Waksman (writer/director) was raised in the Transcendental Meditation community of Fairfield, Iowa. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College in Theater and English, and earned her M.F.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts Film & Television Production Program. While at USC, she was chosen as one of ten top directors to co-direct the feature film, Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha under the guidance of James Franco, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Alana has written and directed a number of short films such as Butterfly, Pieces, The Conversation, and The New Year, as well as music videos. Most notably, she directed the short film, Blackout, written by David Haskell, which received the Audience Award at the LA Shorts Fest, and Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the Women's Independent Film Festival. In all of her work, Alana's goal is to unflinchingly express what it feels like to be human. www.alanawaksman.com
Krystal Rain Two Bulls (Shell Dress Woman) is an Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne woman who reminds us what matters is what we fight for, not what we fight against.
With over 10 years of experience working with the people, Krystal is leading Voices of the Sacred by incorporating the expressive arts and nonviolent direct action philosophies, to not only to heal, empower and develop leaders amongst our Indigenous peoples, but to also support and further the work for social, environmental, and humanitarian rights across indigenous communities near and far. Organizing has come full circle. Through the work on the ground, in the communities, and in ourselves, we can take the necessary steps in providing the skills needed to break through years of silencing and literally reversing the idea of "voice" being "wrong" or "bad." Instead Krystal celebrates our uniqueness and shows us the power of that voice that exists in all of us. To listen to it, to feel the energy and in a healthy positive way, speak; into the universe, and truly become the beauty we see everyday in ourselves, in each other's, in our homes, within our families, within our communities, and in our people.
Jeri Rafter is a producer who has worked on feature film and television projects focused in and about Montana. Her latest feature length film project, Bella Vista, premiered at the 2014 International Rotterdam Film Festival and was also a nominee for the Friedrich Ebert Political Film Prize at Filmfest Hamburg.
In 2015 she was invited to be a part of the Sundance Producer’s Lab and participated in the Sundance + Women In Film Female Filmmakers Initiative.
Her television producing projects include shows for networks such as Reelz, Fox News, History, HGTV and the Travel Channel.
She is currently a resident of Missoula, Montana working on a documentary about Native American adoption due for release in 2017. Jeri is a fifth-generation Montanan with an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana. www.jerirafter.com
Ross Putman is an award-winning independent producer and the co-founder of Los Angeles-based production company PSH Collective. He most recently produced First Girl I Loved, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award for "Best of NEXT." He also produced the 2014 LA Film Festival Audience Award winner The Young Kieslowski, which is now streaming on Netflix. He's producing the upcoming feature Dinner in America with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films which shoots later this year, and the biopic Wild Nights, about a young Emily Dickinson falling dangerously in love with another woman, alongside ICM Partners.
Bryan Mendoza is a USC alum born and raised in Los Angeles. Bryan grew up exposed to a multitude of different cultures and the stories that came along with them. He developed a passion for photography at an early age through his grandfather, who was a photojournalist. Eventually his love of photography coupled with his desire to tell meaningful stories blossomed into a healthy obsession with motion picture photography. His aim is to create compelling images that support stories that can inspire audiences to escape their lives even for brief moments.
Bryan and Alana's prior collaborations include the short film Blackout (Winner: Best Cinematography - Women's Independent Film Festival) and the music video Rec'd Forever by My Flag Is On Fire. www.mendozaphoto.com