JESSICA DEVANEY is a Brooklyn-based producer and the founder of Multitude Films. Past films include NAILA AND THE UPRISING (IDFA, 2017) chronicling the Palestinian women’s leadership during the First Intifada, SPEED SISTERS (Hot Docs, 2015) following a team of Palestinian women race car drivers; the Peabody Award winning short MY NEIGHBOURHOOD (Tribeca, 2012) on Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem, its companion web series HOME FRONT (2011), and Ridenhour Documentary Prize and PUMA Impact Award winning BUDRUS (Berlin, Tribeca, 2010). Jessica’s directorial debut short, LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca, 2017) explores the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forthcoming films include THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, THE RASHOMON EFFECT, and ROLL RED ROLL. Jessica has an M.A. in religion from Wake Forest University and researched gender and nationalism in the Middle East at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She is a founder of the Queer Producers Collective and was a Women at Sundance Fellow.
ANYA ROUS is a Brooklyn-based producer and funding strategist. She brings a combined 10 years of experience in grantmaking, organizing and raising funds for media projects and movements for racial, economic and gender justice. She formerly served as the Director of Strategic Relationships at Just Vision, an organization that creates award-winning documentary films and independent media highlighting stories of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots community organizers, human rights defenders and and movement leaders working to end the occupation and systems of inequality, and prior to that, as a grantmaker at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Anya is the co-producer NAILA AND THE UPRISING, a Sundance Institute and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation funded documentary about the untold story of women's leadership during the largest, most sustained resistance movement in Palestinian history. Anya is the board chair of fundraising at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), a NYC-based organization that pursues systemic change that result in concrete improvement in people's lives. She is also a member of Resource Generation, a member-based organization of young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power, and a former member of the North Star Fund's Community Funding Committee.
LISA VALENCIA-SVENSON is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto. Her first feature documentary, HERMAN’S HOUSE (Full Frame, 2012) told the story of a man who spent more than forty years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming, was nominated for the Best Social/Political Documentary Canadian Screen Award, and was broadcast by POV on PBS. Her second feature MIGRANT DREAMS (Hot Docs, 2016), about migrant workers in Canadian greenhouses, won the Canadian Hillman Prize, a Canadian Association of Journalists award, and was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. She associate produced several films, including THE WORLD BEFORE HER (Tribeca, 2012), LONE TWIN (IDFA, 2011) and THE MARKET (IDFA, 2010). She is currently producing UNTITLED JENNIFER LAUDE DOCUMENTARY, directed
by PJ Raval and supported by the Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, Fork Films, Bertha Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Firelight Media and CAAM. Her passion is for film projects that explore inequality and social justice and that encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
COLLEEN CASSINGHAM is a Brooklyn-based emerging documentary filmmaker. Her debut short documentary, FROM DAMASCUS TO CHICAGO, was broadcast on POV in 2017 and was an Editor’s Pick at The Atlantic. She’s currently in production on an audio documentary about the Amazigh protest movement in northern Morocco. Colleen has interned with POV and Jigsaw Productions, and is a 2017-2018 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio fellow. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a major in Middle East and North African studies and is proficient in Arabic.