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Director: Lagueria Davis
Since graduating the University of Oklahoma in 2007, Davis has established herself as an award-winning filmmaker. MAID OF DISHONOR a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist. In addition, in 2013 THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY, a feature and in 2016 LIGHT IN DARK PLACES a short placed in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Davis also serves on the board of the Alliance of Women Directors and Cinefemme.
Producer: Camilla Hall
Camilla Hall’s directorial debut, COPWATCH, premiered in competition at Tribeca in April 2017 and was acquired by Gunpowder & Sky. She produced FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF, which won the SLAMDANCE audience award in 2018 after showing at IDFA, Sheffield Doc Fest and the United Nations Film Festival. Prior to filmmaking, she was an award-winning journalist at the Financial Times. She is an advocate for diversity in filmmaking and a member of Film Fatales and Cinesisters.
Co-Producer: Jyoti Sarda
Jyoti Sarda is the founder of Nimble Media, a consulting firm focused on start-up opportunities within the convergence of digital entertainment content and technology. Recently, Jyoti served as VP of Marketing at Paramount Home Media leading all facets of global marketing operations for Paramount partner brands including Dreamworks, Marvel, Lucasfilm, CBS, Showtime, MTV & Nickelodeon while overseeing international marketing of Paramount’s film catalog and acquisitions. Prior to Paramount, Jyoti worked at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, spearheading the international new releases of high profile franchises (Avatar, X-Men) and specialty titles from Fox Searchlight. She also managed the domestic TV DVD group during the heyday of 24, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.
Influencer: April Reign
April Reign is the Creator of the #OscarsSoWhite social impact campaign to change the face of Hollywood. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking and persuasive writing, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion. April is now the Senior Director of Marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization that leverages technology to make the business of art easier for artists and small arts organizations. Reign leads the marketing and branding of Fractured Atlas’ products and services while partnering with the engineering team on product development.
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