FILMMAKERS

Cary Cronenwett directs and produces films that foreground forgotten histories and marginalized stories with an emphasis on inclusivity and process. The San Francisco Guardian granted him the 2009 Bay Area Goldie Award for Local Discovery after the release of his film, Maggots and Men, an epic collaboration with an ensemble cast that brought together close to 100 transgender actors and crew. In 2018 he directed a short, Eisha Love: A Trans Woman of Color in Chicago, that was part of the Emmy Award winning series ACLU: Trans in America. His work, both documentary and narrative, has screened in numerous festivals. He holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Originally from Oklahoma, he is currently based in Los Angeles.

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Cary Cronenwett

Director

Alexandra A. Epstein

Producer

Alexandra Epstein is a Los Angeles based documentary filmmaker and producer. Her focus is at the intersection of film, modern media, and human rights. She strives to address questions of social justice and to embolden positive change through her work in film. While living in Chicago Epstein worked with documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films and as a Post Production Associate at Scrappers Film Group where she honed her technical skills and expanded her knowledge of production and distribution of nonfiction content. She was also a health education teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and directed and produced a short documentary about trauma inequity on Chicago’s South Side. In her recent work she has been part of the filmmaking team of Kartemquin documentary, The Dilemma of Desire (2020), assistant to the director on There’s Someone Inside Your House (Netflix, 2021), and is producing two upcoming documentary features.

Cai Thomas

Director of Photography

Cai Thomas is an Emmy award winning producer with experience in podcast, broadcast, and documentary. Her cinematography on WTTW's 15 part digital series First Hand earned her a 2019 Peter Lisagor award for Best Use of Feature Video. Cai's documentary work has been supported by NeXt Doc, Kartemquin, Sundance Institute, Sisters In Cinema, Docs In Progress, and the Center for Cooperative Media.

Resita Cox

Field Producer

Resita Cox a North Carolina-born, Chicago-based independent filmmaker and artist. She launched her career in journalism at WTVD-TV in Raleigh, NC and WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC as a multimedia journalist and news reporter. From there Resita transitioned from news media to documentary film in 2018, where she was named a Chicago Filmmakers Digital Media Production Grantee for my first short, Regrowth, which is about food and environmental justice on the West Side of Chicago. She has also worked with Kartemquin Films, one of the leading documentary film houses in the Midwest, as the Impact Producer on their Emmy-nominated docu-series produced with The Marshall Project, We Are Witnesses. Resita has produced documentary films for Tribeca Studios, BET, Endgame Entertainment, and Discovery ID. She is a 2021 Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellow with her current film endeavor, Freedom Hill, which is about the environmental racism washing away the first town established by freed, formerly enslaved Africans in the nation. Her films are a poetic portrayal of her community’s irrepressible spirit and resilience in the face of systemic oppression and racism. Resita sees her films as a medium to connect the past, present and future.

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Mark Vega

Executive Producer

Mark Vega has been an entertainment transaction and litigation attorney in California for nearly 30 years.  He has worked for and as an advocate for members of the transgender community for most of that time.  He will guide creation of the legal structure underpinning the project.  His work will range from securing and supporting Eisha Love’s intellectual property and life rights to forming the legal entity housing the content to documenting its finance, production and ultimately securing distribution.

Sam Feder

Consulting Producer

Cited by Indiewire as one of the “exciting trans filmmakers shaking up Hollywood”, Sam’s films explore the intersection of visibility and politics along the lines of race, class, and gender in trans lives while working towards higher ethical standards in filmmaking. 

Sam’s films have been programmed by Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, CPH:DOX, MOMA PS-1, The British Film Institute, The Hammer Museum, and in hundreds of film festivals around the world. The Netflix Original Documentary, DISCLOSURE (Sundance, 2020) is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER AND PLEASANT DANGER (2014), a portrait of trans icon Kate Bornstein, was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by The Advocate, won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and multiple best feature film awards. Sam’s work has been supported by Ford/JustFilms, Fork Films, California Humanities, The Jerome Foundation, Perspective Fund, Threshold, IFP Film Week, Good Pitch USA/Doc Society, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo artist residency.

Susan Stryker

Consulting Producer

Susan Stryker is a San Francisco-based filmmaker, historian, and cultural theorist specializing in transgender topics. She co-wrote, 

directed, and produced the Emmy-winning PBS documentary 

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria and has served as producer, consulting producer, or historical consultant on numerous projects, including Michelle Lawler’s Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight, Rhys Ernst’s web series We’ve Been Around, The Danish Girl, Transparent, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, Tales of the City, and The Lady and the Dale.

​​Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Consulting Producer

Juan Carlos Zaldivar is a LatinX visual artist who lives and works in the United States. Zaldivar completed both a BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He started a film career as a sound editor and designer, and worked in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility;" "On the ropes" and on HBO's America Undercover, which garnered an Emmy nomination. His video artworks have screened at many festivals worldwide and were broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE. He associate produced the theatrical feature doc "Buena Vista Social Club, Adios" (2017). Zaldivar recently tenured with Doc Society (previously Britdoc Foundation) as the Outreach Director for their first PanAmerican event, Good Pitch Miami (2017) and served as a Juror for several major film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival.