DIRECTOR/PRODUCER 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.
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.
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.
Associate Producer Cassandra Dreher
Cassandra honed her storytelling skills at Citizen Film as an associate producer on the PBS documentary American Creed, and many shorts, web-based documentaries, and museum installations – all with a mission to inspire active engagement in civic life. With a B.A. in Film Studies from Vassar College, she comes to the No Straight Lines team with a passion for bringing queer stories to screen.
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.
Consulting Producer Vicky Funari
Vicky Funari is a veteran documentary filmmaker, editor, and teacher. She is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and a MacDowell Colony fellow, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts and an NEA Artist-in-Residence at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Consulting Producer Jason Cohn
Jason Cohn is the Peabody Award-winning director of EAMES: The Architect and the Painter and The First Angry Man, which traces the roots of the American Tax Revolt to a California ballot initiative. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Consulting Producer 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.