1. Frances Nkara, Producer

    Born in Denver, Colorado, Nkara grew up in Northern California. As an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley, she was invited to do research with an award-winning chemist who taught her to delve deeply into inquiry and to listen intently to nature’s intelligence. After earning a master’s degree in biophysics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and while working on her a Ph.D. in neurobiophysics at Berkeley, Nkara discovered that the mysteries of mind and memory evaded microscopes. After two years of arguing social philosophy and the theater of politics as a radio producer for former California Governor Jerry Brown, Nkara found that bodywork, the culinary arts, and intensive meditation practice were central to her exploration into the unspoken.

    Downpour Resurfacing screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Experimental Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival. Nkara was also awarded Most Promising Filmmaker and the No Violence Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has started work for a new film that follows a woman who was conceived before Roe v. Wade, put up for adoption, and later finds her real family.