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 wining, 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 also produced an impressive […]


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 writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Anu’s award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, has screened at various […]


Lois Vossen

Lois Vossen is executive producer of the weekly PBS series Independent Lens. She has been with Independent Lens since its inception as a primetime series on PBS, and is responsible for commissioning new films, programming the series, and working with filmmakers on editorial and broadcast issues. Under her leadership, films funded and presented on Independent […]


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 […]