Michèle Stephenson, Producer/Director
Michèle Stephenson uses her international experience as a human rights attorney to tackle stories on communities of color and human rights. An early pioneer in the Web 2.0 revolution, Stephenson used video and the internet to structure human rights campaigns and train people from across the globe in video internet advocacy. Her work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, MTV, and other outlets. Stephenson’s honors include: Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color, ADFF; Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, ABFF; Diversity Award, SilverDocs International Documentary Film Festival; and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media. Michèle studied at McGill University and received her JD at Columbia University.
Joe Brewster, Producer/Director
Joe Brewster is a psychiatrist trained at the at the renowned McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. He uses his training as a jumping board for the issues he tackles as a filmmaker. From the post-traumatic stress syndrome experienced by former child soldiers in his feature film, The Killing Zone; to the complex alienation of black prison guards in his first narrative, The Keeper, Brewster’s work has garnered awards both domestically and internationally. The Keeper was screened at Toronto, Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals and received a Spirit Award nomination. He is a 2009 Sundance Documentary Fellow, a Tribeca-Gucci Fund recipient, and a winner of the 2011 San Francisco Film Society Documentary Fund prize. Joe studied at Stanford University and received a medical degree at Harvard University.