Blair Doroshwalther, Producer/Director
Director and producer blair doroshwalther (who identifies as gender non-conforming and uses both male and female pronouns) is a social issue documentary director, experienced production designer, and activist artist with a passion for inspiring social justice through media. blair graduated with a BFA in Film from NYU and was awarded the Adam Balsano Award for social significance in documentary filmmaking for hir short documentary Metsi, on water privatization’s impact on women in a South African township. Hir short documentary Cry Don’t Cry, on bereavement experienced through the eyes of a diverse group of teenagers, won the National Health Information Awards’ Silver Award in 2005. Out in the Night has been recognized and supported by the Sundance Film Institute, Frameline, the Jerome Foundation, Women in Film Finishing Fund and NYSCA. blair was awarded the Joyce Warshow Award from Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, was a Film Independent Fast Track fellow, and a participant at the Sundance Producer’s Summit in 2012. blair has worked at Harlem United, a community-based organization providing care and housing to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Giovanna Chesler, Producer
Producer Giovanna Chesler’s films address the body, sexuality, and gender. Her feature documentary Period: The End of Menstruation facilitated an international discussion on pharmaceuticals, women’s health, and gender construction and was covered in the The New York Times in 2007. Giovanna’s short documentaries and fiction films have screened at juried film festivals worldwide. Awards include Honorable Mention in Fiction Filmmaking from the University Film and Video Association for Bye Bi Love and Best Student Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival for Beauteous: Stephanie. Her web television project Tune In HPV is a transmedia project connecting sexual health with entertainment. Giovanna is the Director of the Film and Video Studies Program at George Mason University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication there, teaching courses in documentary, community-engaged video activism, Fair Use practices, and transmedia for social change. She was selected as a Film Independent Fast Track fellow with Out in the Night.
Yoruba Richen, Producer
Yoruba Richen is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow who has worked as a journalist and a documentary filmmaker in New York City. Her film Promised Land, a documentary about race, reconciliation, and land reform in post-apartheid South Africa, was broadcast on PBS’s POV in 2010. In 2007, Yoruba won a Fulbright award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil to produce a documentary uncovering the origins of a festival celebrating the end of slavery. Before going to Brazil, Richen was a producer for the independent television and radio program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, and was also associate producer in the investigative department of ABC News. In addition, she was co-producer of Take It From Me, a documentary exploring the effects of welfare reform on New York City women which was broadcast on POV. Her documentary The New Black, exposing the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements, airs on Independent Lens in 2014.
Mridu Chandra, Producer
Mridu Chandra has had her films exhibited at numerous international festivals and museums, including the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, the Kennedy Center, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Film Program, and the World Social Forum 2004 in Mumbai, India. In addition to producing Let the Church Say Amen, a 2004 Sundance Official Selection, she co-produced Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, a feature-length documentary portrait of the late civil rights and peace activist. A 2003 Sundance Official Selection, Brother Outsider has won numerous awards. A member of the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy, she has served as producer, associate producer and assistant editor on a variety of PBS productions in New York. Her writing appears in The Brooklyn Rail. She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and currently lives in Brooklyn.