Caty Borum Chattoo is a documentary filmmaker, professor and director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, housed at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She has produced two documentary films (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and The After Party), a TV documentary series (Stand Up Planet), multiple half-hour documentary TV specials, a seven-part documentary TV series, and PSA campaigns designed for social change on issues ranging from global poverty to human rights. Working at the intersection of social-change communication strategy, documentary production and impact research, Caty’s work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Businessweek, Huffington Post and PBS Media Shift, and her produced documentaries have aired in the U.S. and internationally on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, NDTV (India), PBS World, Link TV, and KCET Formerly, she was a senior vice president in behavior-change communication at FleishmanHillard Communications, a longtime collaborator with TV producer Norman Lear, and program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program. She holds an MA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Communication (summa cum laude, In Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Virginia Tech; she completed coursework toward her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country, including solo shows at the Gandhi Memorial Center, and International Visions Gallery. Group shows include Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The Washington Project for the Arts/ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Arts Center, Photoworks, Hilyer Art Space, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Lexington Art League and the Studio Gallery. Jayaswal’s images are in collections at Center for Photography, En Foco, Light Work, Photo Center Northwest through Society for Photographic Education and the Asian American Arts Centre. Her award winning films have been screened in various film festivals around the country. “Crossing Lines” was picked up for national distribution by NETA and has been broadcast on over 100 PBS affiliates across the country. The film has won numerous international and national awards and is currently being distributed by New Day Films. Previously she has worked for famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, and with the Sandra Berler Gallery. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University. She received her MFA in Photography (summa cum laude) from the Maryland Institute College of Art and two BA’s in Visual Media and Anthropology from American University.
Jeffrey Tuchman is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary producer, director and writer who, for the past thirty years, has dedicated himself to the creation of innovative documentary film and television. In that time, he has built a formidable body of documentary work, with over thirty film titles to his name, and network credits including A&E, PBS, The History Channel, NHK, ABC, Discovery/TLC, Court TV, CBS, MSNBC and HBO.
Charlene Rule specializes in Documentary Feature Films and Unscripted television shows. She’s edited feature length documentary films, unscripted shows and spots for various networks including: A&E, Discovery Channel, Documentary Channel, Fox Sports1, HBO, Sundance Channel, and Showtime. Her documentary films have traveled the festival circuits internationally. In her spare time, she is a video artist and a fairly decent cook.
Alli Hartley has spent the past 10 years in TV and film production, working for networks such as 20th Century Fox, The Disney Channel, and TBS. In working for Documania, she has combined her passion for storytelling with her talents in coordinating production. She produced her first feature film, Cold War, in 2016. When not working, she irritates her small dog, writes, and makes a mean mojito. She lives in Los Angeles.
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