Brasilian-American filmmaker Luisa Dantas works at the intersection of storytelling, social justice and cities. She produced and directed the multi-platform documentary Land of Opportunity, which chronicles the reconstruction of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the frontlines and asks the question: what kinds of cities do we want to (re)build in the 21st century? he project includes a feature film and groundbreaking interactive web platform produced in conjunction with partners in six cities. Luisa co-produced the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Her first fiction film, Bolo, was produced in Brasil. She has written for the animated series Go, Diego, Go! for Nickelodeon Television. Luisa is currently working as a narrative and communications consultant with non-profit clients and grassroots advocacy groups. Her work has received funding from Chicken and Egg, Rockefeller and Ford. She is also a member-owner of New Day Films. She has taught film production and screenwriting at Tulane University, and received an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University.  Luisa was recently selected as a  Rockwood/Just Films Leadership Fellow for 2017-18.


Amelia Senter lives in New York, New York. She has worked in production, marketing and communications for PBS, and for Citrusbits, a mobile app design agency in Los Angeles. Amelia worked on communications, press, and design for the LandofOpportunity interactive web platform, an experimental new media tool exploring issues related to urban development, and a Webby Award honoree. Amelia is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans and is pursuing an MFA in the Writing Program at Columbia University.







Lindsey Phillips is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is known for directing and editing The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium, a film about costuming in New Orleans. The film has screened at several festivals both nationally and internationally and was the winner of two audiences awards — one for Best Louisiana Short at the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival and Best Short at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. The film also was chosen to be part of the documentary series Reel South and was nationally broadcast on PBS in February 2017.

Lindsey has worked on projects for publications such as Time Magazine, The New Yorker, CNN’s Big Story, and the Webby Award-winning interactive documentary series Land of Opportunity. She is Director and Curator of the experimental film program Cinema Reset at the New Orleans Film Festival. With Cinema Reset, Lindsey produces and manages immersive and interactive new media film projects spanning virtual reality, immersive audio/video installations, and projection-mapping projects for the festival.

Lindsey holds a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and received her Bachelor's in Digital Media Production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Lindsey phillips, cinematographer/editor

Ada McMahon makes documentary films and other nonfiction media. Much of her video work is made in collaboration with people who tell their stories in service to shifting power, fueling grassroots organizing, and challenging interlocking systems oppression. She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has been involved in community media making on the Gulf Coast with Bridge The Gulf Project, Ten Years After Katrina (produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable), and Land of Opportunity. Ada holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and is currently an MFA candidate in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.







A native of New Orleans, Lauren Domino’s producing work includes Alone (NYT Op-Docs) (Sundance ‘17 Jury Award Best Non-Fiction Short),  Like (Field of Vision) (SXSW),  The Old Fish (Time Inc, Killer Films), and American Rhapsody (Aubin Pictures), supported by Ford Foundation and The Library of Congress. As a Producer, her projects The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium and Black Folk Don’t have aired on PBS.  She is also a Tribeca Film Institute Alum with frequent collaborator Angela Tucker for their film Paper Chase, which was recently optioned by Gun Powder and Sky.  With a passion for increasing the profiles of women and people of color in film, Domino has worked with The New Orleans Film Society to launch Emerging Voices, a mentoring initiative for people of color. She also launched Women and Girls Matter, a series of panels and events showcasing the role of women in documentary film with Arts Engine, Inc. The former Director of the Columbia University Film Festival, she has produced branded content, photo spreads, and live events for The New Yorker,, AMPAS, Microsoft, and Essence Festival.


Born in Brazil, Joana Simmons has lived in New York for over 25 years.  Having studied Business Administration at Fordham University, Joana worked for many years as Director of Operations of an independent company specializing in the distribution, on an agency basis, of television programming throughout the world.  Since 2014, she has worked as Office Manager for a corporate sustainability consultancy.

Joana ramos, accounting/office manag.

Micheal Boedigheimer is photographer and filmmaker based out of New Orleans, LA. His award-winning films have screened at festivals around the world. He was the co-producer and cinematographer on the award-winning feature documentary Land of Opportunity  and Digital Content Manager on the Land of Opportunity interactive platform.  He has worked as a camera operator on various reality shows for A&E, Bravo, tru TV and the web-series Voices From the Gulf for Color of Change. He graduated from the Art Institute of California, Santa Monica in 2006 with a B.A. in video production








Evan Casper-Futterman is a 3rd generation New Yorker born in the Bronx, raised in Manhattan, and currently living in Brooklyn. He earned a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans in 2011, and was a White House Intern in the Spring of 2012 in the Domestic Policy Council's Office of Urban Affairs. In the summer of 2013 he was a Research Fellow for the Democracy at Work Institute. He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying economic democracy and development. He has taught undergraduate courses at the Macaulay Honors College at City College (CUNY) and in the Geography department at Vassar College, as well as a graduate seminar at the CUNY Murphy Institute. 

EVAN CASPER-FUTTERMAN, Outreach/edu. consultant

Amanda Rose is a New Orleans native who studied and received her BA in Film and Communications at the University of New Orleans. At the age of 19, along with her childhood friend Brandan Odums and other close friends- “2-Cent Entertainment” was born in 2005. 2-Cent is a youth education social enterprise that produces mixed media content and events in the overlap between “POP” culture and Social Awareness. Along with teaching the youth, the 2-cent gang themselves won over the hearts and minds of over 8 million youtube subscribers with their witty comedic sketches and impersonations of famous artist. Amanda went on to create her own New Orleans based events company in 2008 bringing new and fresh approaches to nightlife that still carry on today. After a few years in the private events world, Amanda moved on to the non-profit sector wearing many hats with the New Orleans Film Society as Venue Manager, Festival Manager, and Events Manager. Now joining forces with JoLu Productions as a Project Manager. Amanda will be rekindling her passion with activism, media literacy, and most importantly native shift- building on her love for the advancement of youth and the promotion of diversity and diverse stories in media arts. 

Amanda rose, project manager


Advisory Board

Angela Tucker is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a teen comedy in pre production with Gunpowder and Sky; ALL STYLES, a dance movie in post production starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” and (A)SEXUAL a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her seventh year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AFROPOP and was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.


Tim Watson is a documentary editor, writer, and producer based in New Orleans. His work has been seen on PBS, the Sundance Channel, HBO, the Documentary Channel, and other networks in the U.S. and Europe; and at many film festivals around the world. He edited and co-wrote A Story Like Mine (2017); edited Everything Is To Be Continued (summer 2015); was advising editor for Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital (2014); edited and co-produced Campo to B.C. (2014); co-edited and co-wrote Bayou Maharajah (2013); co-produced and co-edited The Music’s Gonna Get You Through (2010); was supervising producer and co-editor for Bury The Hatchet (2010); co-edited Walker Percy: A Documentary Film (2010); edited Taste Of Place (series, 2010-11); did story development for and edited Vows of Silence (2008); edited Member Of The Club (2008); co-produced and edited By Invitation Only (2006); edited a documentary segment for HBO Comic Relief (2006); co-produced and edited A Player To Be Named Later (2005); co-produced and co-edited Desire (2005); edited and co-wrote ShalomY'All (2002); and edited Ruthie The Duck Girl (1999).

TIM WATSON, editor/writer/producer


 Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans born, Los Angeles based writer and filmmaker. Most recently, he joined the writing staff of the AMC television show, Hell on Wheels. Before that, he wrote for the HBO series Treme. Working with the award-winning director Dawn Logsdon, he co- produced and wrote the PBS documentary, Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. His essay, “America’s Greatest Hits,” is included in Best African American Essays: 2009. A former columnist for The Times-Picayune, he is the author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and co-producer and writer of Smokestack Lightning: A Day in the Life of Barbecue, the documentary based on that book. He is editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The Best of Southern Food Writing. A contributing writer to The Oxford American, his work has appeared in Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Downbeat and The San Francisco Chronicle.


Rebecca Snedeker is the Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South in the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University. Prior to this position, she worked as an independent documentary filmmaker, writer, and program curator, cultivating a body of work that supports human rights, creative expression, and care for place in her native city, New Orleans. Snedeker co-authored Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press, 2013), a book of 22 imaginative maps and essays, with Rebecca Solnit. She has produced several feature documentaries that take place in New Orleans and the Gulf South, including By Invitation Only (PBS, 2007), Witness: Katrina (National Geographic Channel, 2010), and Land of Opportunity (ARTE, 2010) and contributed to many others, including Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (PBS, 2007) and A Village Called Versailles (PBS, 2008). Snedeker has served on the Steering Committee of New Day Films and the boards of the New Orleans Film Society, Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, and Video Veracity. She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form” and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

REbecca snedeker, filmmaker/writer


Alvaro produced the award-winning short films, LA MILPA, FAMILY PORTRAIT, and ZEN AND THE ART OF LANDSCAPING. Collectively, among many accolades, these films won two Student Academy Awards, a Student Emmy, a Sundance Jury Prize and a Mexican Academy Award. An alumnus of the Sundance Producer’s Lab, Alvaro also produced the feature sci-fi thriller, MESSENGERS, and the documentaries, THE EVOLUTION OF DAD and DALAI LAMA, COLOMBIA. He has also directed and produced short content for clients such as Hess, Stanley Black & Decker, Office Depot, and Nike Air Jordan. Other feature film production credits include Sidney Lumet’s BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, Mia Hansen-Løve’s EDEN, PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, and TV shows for HBO, Sony Pictures, CBS, and Warner Bros. TV. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in Art History & Photography from William Paterson University.

Alvaro DONADO, director/producer