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 […]


Vikram Jayanti (Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl)

A multi-award-winning feature documentary maker for more than 35 years, Vikram Jayanti is best known for his high profile portraits of cultural icons: usually individuals of extraordinary accomplishment, such as Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Garry Kasparov – and sometimes characters of some notoriety, such as Phil Spector, and Uri Geller.  His films are marked […]


Vicki Abeles (Beyond Measure)

Vicki Abeles is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker, and education advocate. As an attorney, businesswoman, disrupter, and boundary-crosser, Vicki brings her creative leadership and unbridled passion to her documentary film projects. Abeles co-directed the 2009 award-winning documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” vividly portraying the pressure-cooker culture plaguing America’s schools. Using a cutting-edge distribution model, the film […]