Lily is a filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans. Her directorial debut, Bayou Maharajah, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has since won many awards including the Oxford American Award for Best Southern Film and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Documentary Of The Year. She has produced music videos for Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Preservation Hall and PJ Morton. Her work has appeared on Democracy Now!, ARTE, HBO, Time, Sundance DocClub, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Electronic Intifada and PBS. Lily is a member of the Grammys, WIFT-Louisiana and Film Fatales New Orleans.
Stephen Rose is corporate counsel for Mitsubishi Chemical in New York. He advises companies across the Americas on a range of contractual and compliance matters in English and Spanish. He was formerly an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Moses & Singer LLP. Stephen graduated cum laude with a degree in Spanish and History from Brandeis University and received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, where he served as Articles Editor on the Tulane Law Review. Stephen's family is from New Orleans and he is passionate about preserving its African American musical and cultural traditions.
Better known by professional name Cinemadona, Allendra is a director and cinematographer born and raised in New Orleans. Her exposure to film came when her family was evacuated during Hurricane Katrina and she enrolled at Los Angeles Film School. Aged 22, she founded her production company and has since directed, edited and shot over 50 music videos. She is currently launching a film and art technology academy for young people of color in Louisiana.
Zac is a director & cinematographer from New Orleans and co-founder of The Greenhouse Collective. His films have screened at SXSW, New Orleans Film Festival, MECAL International Shorts Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He is in currently in production on his second documentary feature, bloodthicker, a coming-of-age story about three young, New Orleans rappers and the bonds they share with their celebrity fathers.