Moises Serrano is an undocumented activist who has lived most of his life in Yadkin County, NC. His journey as an organizer began three years ago when he decided to publicly reveal his immigration status in order to highlight the need in our communities for the passing of the DREAM Act. After the failure of the DREAM Act he became a part of the National Coordinating Committee for United We Dream whose campaign in 2011 and 2012 was Administrative Relief or Deferred Action. Since the first moment he “came out of the shadows” he has relentlessly shared his story across the state to try to dispel the myths around the undocumented community. As a publicly gay man, Moises’ mission is to unite the immigration and LGBTQ movements, seeing them both as a struggle for human rights. Photo credit: Kayley Mull
Tiffany Rhynard is a filmmaker, choreographer, and activist. Having created over 60 works for stage and screen, her choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide and internationally. Her dance for the camera pieces have screened at film festivals such as the Dancing for the Camera at the American Dance Festival and at ScreenDance Miami where she won First Prize for her film Invisible Queens. Her first documentary, Little House in the Big House won Best Documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for Black Stains, a docu-dance film collaboration with choreographer Trent D. Williams, Jr. that addresses dynamics of black male identity in the 21st century. The project is supported in part by Dance Films Association. Photo credit: Brett Simison.
Heather Mathews is an editor and occasional producer. She produced and edited the award winning short film, Miss This At Your Peril, and edited Spoonful, which premiered at Sundance in 2012. Having worked in film since before graduating from Sarah Lawrence in 1994, she moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to continue this passion. Working in both in production and in the office for such notable filmmakers as David Fincher, Tony Scott and Gary Ross and with directors like Wong Kar-wai, John Frankenheimer, John Woo and Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, she quickly accumulated a vast knowledge of the Hollywood machine. In 2007 she decided to change course and entered the American Film Institute to attain her MFA in film editing. Since graduating she has edited countless short films, both narrative and documentary, and number of music videos and spec commercials.
Kathi Barnhill is is a filmmaker and photographer based in Asheville, NC. She has a Masters degree in documentary film from Wake Forest University. Her thesis film, Frivolous Things, filmed in Accra, Ghana, won the Exceptional Merit Award in the Doctors Without Borders film festival. Barnhill worked extensively with Campaign for Southern Equality on their video campaign during the fight for marriage equality. Their videos were featured on MSNBC. Her current work features short documentaries created for families to preserve their stories, traditions and histories.
Dave Merson Hess writes character-driven scores, mostly for documentary, animation, and science fiction projects. His approach to writing film music is informed by a vast knowledge of independent music, a passion for unconventional recording techniques, and intense training in film production at USC School of Cinematic Arts. His scores often combine traditional composition and studio-based production with free improvisation and field recordings.
David Michael Barrett is the award-winning writer/producer of the feature films “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” “Such Good People” and “Bad Actress.” His play “Brentwood” was featured in Noah Wylie’s prestigious Blank Theatre Company’s Living Room Series of new works. He’s an alumnus of Outfest’s Screenwriting Lab, and has served as a mentor at the International Academy of Film and Television where he sits on their advisory board.