Film Team

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR VIVIAN KLEIMAN

Vivian is known for tackling challenging subjects and filmic approaches. She is the Executive Producer of the Academy Award nominated documentary short LAST DAY OF FREEDOM. With film partner Marlon Riggs, they garnered the George Foster Peabody Award, Organization of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award, and the International Documentary Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. She has 7 co-productions with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for national PBS broadcast. As an educator, she served as Adjunct Faculty at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production.  www.viviankleiman.com

CO-PRODUCER JUSTIN HALL

Justin is an Associate Professor of Comics at the California College of the Arts and a Fulbright Scholar. He is a pioneer historian of LGBTQ comics, having curated major shows at the SF Cartoon Art Museum and the Schwules Museum in Berlin as well as having written for academic publishers such as the Cambridge University Press. He is also a recognized artist in the field, with his work appearing in the Houghton Miflin Best American Comics, SF Weekly, and Best Erotic Comics. He edited the first comprehensive anthology of LGBTQ comics, No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, which received a 2013 Lambda Literary Award and a prestigious Eisner Award nomination.  www.justinhallcomics.com

CINEMATOGRAPHER ANDY BLACK

Andy has worked on award-winning documentary films including: Scout’s Honor (Tom Shepard), 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus (Steven Pressman), Speaking in Tongues (Marcia Jarmel/Ken Schneider), Sicko (Michael Moore), and The Weather Underground (Sam Green). His work has been broadcast on MTV, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Explorer.

ADVISOR HILLARY CHUTE

Hilary is a Professor of English and Art + Design, Northeastern University, authored several books on graphic narratives: Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics; Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists, Disaster Drawn, and most recently, Why Comics? She also served as associate editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus.

ADVISOR RAMZI FAWAZ

Ramzi is Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. focuses on the relationship between literature and popular culture and 20th century social movements, with particular attention to the cultural politics of civil rights, black power, and women’s and gay liberation.

ADVISOR JENNI OLSON

Jenni is an internationally recognized queer media historian, activist and online pioneer. An accomplished filmmaker, Jenni’s latest work (the experimental documentary The Royal Road) had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.