DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR
Shirah Dedman | shirahdedman.com | @shirahdedman
Filmmaker, lawyer and impACTivist. From a high school dropout to becoming a licensed attorney by the age of 23, Shirah inexplicably found herself consistently un- and under-employed. So, after her last layoff, she decided to relentlessly pursue her true passion: socially impactful storytelling. And it's her own nomadic life, marked with perpetual residential and economic instability, that inspired her short documentary, You A Nomad (2017). Shirah is featured in Uprooted (2017), a short film by Equal Justice Initiative & Google documenting her family's return to the site of her great-grandfather's lynching. As an autonomous filmmaking advocate, Shirah mentors minority filmmakers and publishes a monthly newsletter on film marketing and distribution strategy.
MOTION GRAPHICS, MUSIC
Dathan Dedman | behance.net/dathan
The son of a USC Marching Band alumnus and jazz prodigy, Dathan combined natural talent and discipline to teach himself guitar at 13-years-old. After forming many bands, he gained success on the club scene as guitarist and co-writer for Long Walk Home. The band won the Whiskey’s Battle of the Bands, were featured in Amp Magazine, and opened for Mötley Crüe and The Scorpions. After starting a family, Dathan segued into a career as a Motion Graphics Artist and attended Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation, the top VFX school in the nation. With more than 10 years in the industry as an artist and team leader, Dathan has worked on major productions, including 1000 Ways to Die and Insomniac Event’s Wonderland. Dathan continues to compose music and scores animated video and films, including the song featured in Let Her In (2016).
Maria Judice | mariaaj.com | @mariaajudice
A multi-faceted storyteller with more than a decade of experience in entertainment. Maria received her M.F.A. in Film/Video from CalArts. Her award-winning film PALM TREES aired on BET’s “Lens on Talent.” Maria has led numerous film campaigns as an Impact Producer, including: Haiti's premiere Oscar submission, Ayiti Mon Amour (2016); Dreamstates (2016); The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2015), and HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream (2015). As former program director of MATATU Festival of Stories, she led a team to create conversations and expand audiences around undistributed films of the African diaspora.
Anthony Capitan | linkedin.com/in/anthonycapitan
Since graduating from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in English Literature & Rhetoric, Anthony has dabbled in writing and script consulting. A documentary treatment he co-wrote placed in the finals of the 2015 Producer Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. He co-wrote Let Her In (2016), which has screened at several film festivals. He currently serves as script consultant for Carving the Divine (2017), a feature documentary on Japanese buddhist craftsmen which was submitted to Sundance Film Festival. Anthony's also a real estate professional who educates underserved communities on homeownership and develops housing products to prevent displacement.