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Jesse is a filmmaker based in Montreal, Quebec. From 2008-2011 he worked as a video-journalist for the pioneering Real News Network. Since 2012, he has directed six half-hour documentaries for teleSUR, the world's largest public Spanish-language broadcaster. He has freelanced for Al Jazeera's Fault Lines, Radio Globo (Honduras), CUTV (Montreal) and Vice News.
His work typically takes on inadequacies and inequalities in the way things work, highlighting those advocating or implementing solutions that address the roots of the problems. He is a member of both Makila Usine Médiatique and Naretiv.
You can find many of his other documentary works at jessefreeston.com.
Billy is a visual effects artist, producer and writer based in Washington, DC. A former Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill who grew disenchanted with the political system he began writing and teaching himself the art of animation. He got his first jobs through cold walk-ins and word-of-mouth while gaining notoriety producing written content for various online publications, including co-founding the political commentary website SleptOn. He now runs The Cruu where you can find him producing/hosting video interviews and posting regular commentaries on media creation.
You can find his animation work at BB Digital where he boasts a range of clients, from the United States Postal Service to TEDx..
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Diego Briceño is a Colombian-born media-maker who has worked for over 15 years as a director, producer and editor on social documentary, fiction and transmedia projects in Montreal. Driven by narrative, ethics and collaboration, his work often focuses on issues of exploitation, empowerment and North-South relations. He has directed five documentaries, a documentary series and one short fiction. He has a BFA in Cinema and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies and Design Art Practice from Concordia Univerity.
René has been working as a Production Sound Recordist, Sound designer and Sound Mixer in the Film, Television and New Medias industries since he graduated from the prestigious EICTV located in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work in a diversity of short and feature movies, as well as TV and reality shows.
Find out more about René's work at reneportillo.com.
Abraham was born and raised in Mexico City, immigrating to Montreal in 2003. He has directed several short documentary films including Réfractions, winner of the Jury Prize at Radio Canada's immigration cinema contest. He also directed Ants and Elephants, a portrait of post-tsunami Sri-Lanka. In 2012 he co-directed the feature-length documentary Nou les écrivins, an intimate look on literacy in Québec, which was nominated for three Gemini awards. In 2014, his biographical film on Placide Gaboury was broadcast across the province on Télé-Québec.
Stefan Christoff is a media-maker, community organizer and musician based in Montreal, Quebec. He has collaborated on a series of experimental projects in recent years playing the piano alongside some of Montreal's greatest musicians such as Sam Shalabi, Mark Haynes, and Brahja Waldman.