Writer / Director
Jasmin Mara López is a journalist and radio producer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in the U.S. with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.-México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change. Jasmin received the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award for her documentary Deadly Divide: Migrant Death on the Border. She was a finalist for the New Orleans Film Festival's 2016 Pitch Perfect, and was awarded the 2017 Third Coast Radio Residency at Ragdale and the 2017 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices Mentorship for Silent Beauty.
Annie Flanagan is a photographer, filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans, LA. Their work explores topics of self worth, personal narrative, gender and friendship within the documentary framework. Annie is a recent master's candidate at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Their work has been featured in publications including Foam Magazine, VICE, The Players' Tribune, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, N.P.R. and on The Washington Post's InSight blog. Annie lives for long winding roads with a camera in hand and map laid out. Annie is a member of Boreal Collective.
Anayansi Diaz-Cortes is an award-winning producer in the US and Mexico. As part of AIR’s Localore initiative, she moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2012 to work with NPR member station, KCRW. She created the documentary and transmedia series Sonic Trace. Her work has aired on NPR's All Things Considered, PRI's The World, KCRW's To The Point and Unfictional, as well as Pop-Up Magazine and Radio Ambulante. Recently, Anayansi has expanded her work into film as co-director of Still Dreaming, an ITVS-funded documentary film about urban education in Los Angeles. She is a proud mom to two Angelenos.
Rita Piffer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), and her MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University (USA). She works in story and project development for independent films and TV series. She recently received grants from the Brazilian Audiovisual Fund to develop her first feature film, and the RioFilme Institution for research and development of a feature documentary. Rita received the 2017 Eileen Maitland Award for Absence of Memory—the film that best addressed women’s issues and raised female voices at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Katie McMurran is a sound engineer with over ten years experience recording and mixing for public radio and broadcast. She uses field recordings to create music and soundscapes for radio art pieces that explore internal dialogues and contemplations.