Filmmakers

Winter Dunn

DIRECTOR

Winter Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for depicting rich stories with Black people at the center. She made her directorial debut with the award-winning short film Junebug which premiered at American Black Film Festival, made its television debut on FOX Soul and is currently streaming on Tubi and Issa Rae Presents/HOORAE. She produced feature film, Jezebel which premiered at SXSW 2019, won Best Narrative Feature at the American Black Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix via Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY.   She directed the first season of the documentary series, All Her with Angela Rye for Quibi, produced by Overbrook Entertainment. She is a former video producer and director for global media company Condé Nast Entertainment. Her celebrity video features for Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, GQ and other media brands have garnered over 60 million views. She is 2021 Film Independent Directing Fellow and the recipient of the Amazon Studios Film Fellowship, awarded yearly to a visionary filmmaker.

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WRITER

Charmaine Cleveland holds a BA in Journalism with a specialization in East Asian Studies from Pepperdine University. Previous to pursuing screenwriting, she was a Getty Multicultural Fellow and was first introduced to filmmaking through Film Independent’s internship program. She began work as a production assistant with ABC Disney Television Group and currently works full time as a Writers’/Showrunner’s assistant. Previous shows include Fox Television’s procedural drama Deputy and BET’s upcoming series Trap Queens, a spin-off of Irv Gotti’s anthology series Tales. She uses her experience as a former journalist and international area knowledge to craft engaging horror stories and poignant, period pieces.

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jordan Hart is a producer and executive with a successful track record developing scripted and documentary projects for film and television. Alongside Oscar-winning director, Barry Levinson, she worked on feature films including Paterno for HBO and The Survivor, which premiered at TIFF in 2021. As Director of Development for the Oscar-, Emmy-, and BAFTA-winning company, Little Monster Films, she developed the series Edge of the Unknown and Photographer for NatGeo and an upcoming film for Netflix. Presently, she serves as VP of Development for Good Question Media, overseeing the creation of narrative features, documentaries, and television series. Earlier in her career, she worked on the productions of Ray Donovan, Sweetbitter, Search Party, and City on a Hill, amongst others.

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PRODUCER

Nicole Mairose Dizon is a Filipina-American artist from Los Angeles, who elevates bold narratives and views inclusive storytelling as radical self-care. Graduating Cum Laude with a Film and Media Studies B.A. from UC Irvine, she freelanced for Apple TV+ and more. She is a Kundiman Fellow and NALIP’s Emerging Content Creator Scholar. Among her shorts that have screened nationwide, Boxed was selected as a Starz and Wrap Women: Telling Our Stories Semi-Finalist. She previously assisted Motion Picture Production Partner Lara Sackett at ICM Partners and is currently a TV Assistant at Scott Free. The California Arts Council recently selected her for their inaugural Individual Artist Fellowship. Outside of work, she hikes, creates art, and watches baseball and F1 racing.

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PRODUCER

Xin Li earned her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2017. In the past few years, Xin has directed and produced award-winning fiction and documentary films. A short dramedy she produced about polyamorous relationships, Throuple, has been selected and presented by Short of the Week. She also co-produced a documentary series, Finding Home, about LGBTQ asylum seekers and immigrants. The series was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for contributing to the shared understanding of local communities. Xin is part of the inaugural cohort of the Ghetto Film School x Netflix Nonfiction Directing + Producing Fellowship. She’s a recipient of the Visual Communications’ Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists, and a recipient of the Los Angeles Media Fund Fellowship that’s awarded yearly to a Project Involve Fellow. 

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CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mike Maliwanag is a Filipino American cinematographer based in Los Angeles. His work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest, and other festivals across the world. In 2019, he was accepted into the inaugural American Society of Cinematographer’s Vision Mentorship Program. The following year, he was nominated and received the Best Cinematography award for the feature film, In the Land Of Lost Angels at the Queens World Film Festival. He strives to shoot films for underrepresented communities. When not shooting he likes to travel and eat food from different parts of the world.

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EDITOR

Born and raised in China, Ge Zhai is a film editor currently based in Los Angeles. Over the past eight years, she has worked as an editor on various scripted and documentary projects, including the narrative feature Summer Knight, which won the Asian Future Best Film Award at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2021, the film she co-edited, Taipei Suicide Story, took both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for narrative features at Slamdance Film Festival. Her latest editing work, Only the Moon Stands Still, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2021 AFI FEST. Zhai is passionate about bringing directors’ visions to life and making stories more powerful through editing.