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About MeSonia Erika is the kind of person, it seems, who could find an answer to any problem. When her immigrant parents informed her she was an illegal alien, she panicked and kicked into gear — the superlative student went ahead and got herself into Harvard on a full ride scholarship. The Harvard experience was difficult for Sonia, in response she created a video series about her experience as an undocumented student you can view on Youtube. Aside from being a creative, Sonia Erika is a serial entrepreneur. Before graduating college, Sonia, co-founded 3 weed organizations, the Cannabis Cultural Association, the Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council, and EatMe.Land. All focus on creating some form of social equity. After being an illegal alien for 21 years, Sonia was finally able to return to Mexico with her parents. This project is focused on that experience. You can follow more of her work on @sonia.erika.likes.weed
Weed, Immigration, Animation, DocumentariesSkills
hi, i love acting, making videos, editing.. and right now i'm in my freshman year of college!Interests
Acting, Movies, Music Production, Music VideoSkills
Film Editing, Acting, Cinematography
Derek Howard is a director and cinematographer whose collaborations have led to screenings at Venice, Toronto, Sundance, HotDocs, IDFA, and many others. He has participated in the IDFA summer school, IDFA Academy, Reykjavik Trans Atlantic Lab, and the Berlinale Talents program. Since moving from Berlin to New York, he has shot Brett Story’s award winning “The Hottest August,” shot second camera and assistant directed Victor Kossakovsky’s Oscar short-listed “Aquarela,” and directed a short film (“The Harvesters”) that premiered at True/False. Most recently he shot artist Jeremy Shaw’s Venice Biennale premiering art film “The Quantification Trilogy” (VIFF, NYFF, Tate Modern) as well as a Centre Pompidou premiering 7-channel video installation “Phase Shifting Index.” Derek is currently shooting Emelie Mahdavian’s latest doc “Bitterbrush,” John Sutter’s “Baseline,” and completing directing another short about invasions of personal space on public transportation.
Lgbtq+, Art Cinema, Experimental Film Art And Documentary, Nature, Gender Equality, Social Change, Social Justice, Climate Change, Hybrid Films, Racial Justice, Queer CinemaSkills
Direction, Dop, Editor, Drone Videography, Producing
Documentary Filmmaker, Producer
Aya Hamdan is a producer and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She leverages her tech background, the power of story and her commitment to diversity in the media to highlight underrepresented voices.
She co-produced DUNYA'S DAY, which won the short film Jury Award for International Fiction at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. An excerpt of her short documentary, BALADNA screened at the 2019 DOC NYC film festival.