Filmmakers Year 6

Stanley Nelson (Tell Them We Are Rising)

Stanley Nelson’s work is known for examining the history and experiences of African Americans. His most notable films are The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders, Freedom Summer, Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life & Death of People’s Temple, and The Murder of Emmett Till. His latest film, Tell Them We Are Rising: The […]


John Papola and Lisa Versaci (At The Fork)

John Papola John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer, and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television as a creative principle at MTV, Nickelodeon, and Spike TV. He is the CEO + Exec Creative Director at Emergent Order, a creative agency and production company, and director of the feature documentary AT […]


Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper (T-Rex)

Zackary Canepari & Drea Cooper are filmmakers based in the Bay Area. Their award-winning short film series “California is a place” garnered over 10 million views online and screened at festivals around the world including Sundance and IDFA.  Shortly after, the directors landed on Filmmaker Magazine’s “Top 25 New Filmmakers to Watch List.” Their debut feature documentary “T-Rex” about Olympic gold […]


Amy Scott (Oyler)

Amy Scott is an independent documentary filmmaker and the senior education correspondent for Marketplace, an American public radio business and economics show. Her reporting has earned several national honors, including a 2013 Gracie Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012. Before joining Marketplace in 2001, she worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, […]


Scott Hamilton Kennedy (Food Evolution)

Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary work includes The Garden, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: our town — about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed Fame High, which follows four […]