Experts 2017

Ben Herson

Ben Herson is an award-winning producer, director, and educator. In 2007, Herson co-produced and directed Democracy in Dakar, a globally acclaimed and award-winning, feature-length film about the role of hip-hop on local politics in Senegal. The film was screened at over 100 film festivals and universities internationally. Since then, Herson has produced countless films and […]


Alrick Brown

Alrick Brown is Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Film and Television at NYU. Education is Alrick’s first calling. An award winning writer and director, he found his medium, film, after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire. A highly sought public speaker, Alrick’s commitment […]


Anu Valia

Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, was made through Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology grant and won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance in 2017. Her previous short, DRIFTERS, won a Special Jury […]


Lois Vossen

Lois Vossen is the Founding and Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a weekly PBS XPlatform broadcast and digital series. The broadcast series features 22 original documentaries and 7 encore broadcasts each season and the digital only Indie Lens Storycast series features 7-8 short digital docuseries. Vossen is responsible for commissioning new films, programming the series, […]


Paul Stekler

Paul Stekler’s documentaries about American politics have won numerous national honors including multiple Emmys, Peabodys and du-Pont-Columbia Journalism awards, and have all been aired nationally on PBS.  His films include Sundance Special Jury Prize winner George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire, the Peabody Award winning Vote for Me: Politics in America (a two night […]