Filmmakers Year 6

Jason Zeldes (The Music of Strangers)

Jason Zeldes is a documentary editor and director, best known for editing the 2013 Academy Award® winning film, “Twenty Feet From Stardom”. The film earned Zeldes an ACE Award for Best Edited Documentary Feature, and led to other exciting collaborations, including co-editing the 2015 Sundance Documentary “Racing Extinction”, HBO’S “The Music of Strangers”, and Netflix […]


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 […]


Tadashi Nakamura (Mele Murals)

Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” by the popular website Angry Asian Man. The fourth generation Japanese American recently completed Mele Murals, a documentary on the […]


Anita Ford Saunders (Black Women In Medicine)

Anita Ford Saunders, APR, is a seasoned writer and producer whose career in media spans 40 years. Anita served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Connecticut Public Television & Radio, where she was responsible for the management of an award-winning staff. She produced strategic messaging and promotion production for the premier of UConn Women’s […]