Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, writer, and filmmaker. Mudede collaborated with the director Robinson Devor on two films, POLICE BEAT and ZOO, both of which premiered at Sundance. Police Beat is a part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, and Zoo was presented at the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Mudede is a co-screenwriter for YOU CAN'T WIN, which stars Micheal Pitt and James Hong and will be released in 2017, and currently the film editor for The Stranger, a Seattle weekly.
AHAMEFULE J. OLUO
Screenwriter, Composer, Performer
Ahamefule J. Oluo is a Seattle-based musician, composer, writer, and stand-up comedian. Oluo is a founding member of and trumpet player in the Stranger Genius Award-winning jazz-punk quartet Industrial Revelation, and was featured in City Arts Magazine’s 2013 Future List as one of Seattle’s most promising artists. Oluo has collaborated with such diverse acts as Das Racist, Macklemore, Hey Marseilles, and TacocaT. He was a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity comedy competition, and co-produced comedian (and writing partner) Hari Kondabolu’s albums Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic, for Kill Rock Stars. He was the first ever artist-in-residence at Seattle’s Town Hall, and in 2015 he appeared on This American Life and received a Creative Capital Award. In 2016 Oluo was awarded Artist Trust’s Arts Innovator Award, and the performance of his autobiographical musical “Now I’m Fine” at the Public Theater in New York City was called “dizzying,” “engaging,” and “grand” by the New York Times.
Lindy West is a columnist at The Guardian, a contributor to This American Life, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on feminism, social justice, humor, and body image. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, The Stranger, and others. She is the founder of I Believe You, It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. Her first book, a memoir called SHRILL, is out now from Hachette Books.
Zia Mohajerjasbi is an Iranian-American filmmaker hailing from Seattle, a city that has served as the primary focus of his work. He has shot & directed critically-acclaimed music videos for Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Jake One and Common Market, and a 2007 mockumentary short with standup comedian Hari Kondabolu, MANOJ. In 2009, Zia became the youngest winner ever of the Stranger Genius Award, for film. In 2015, he wrote and directed the award-winning narrative short feature, HAGERESEB, and is also the cinematographer and director of a newly released (2017) storytelling series, The Charcoal Sky.
Michael Seiwerath has produced or executive produced five feature films and produced a handful of shorts, including MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS, which premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. His two previous features, POLICE BEAT and THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He successfully lead efforts to raise nearly one million dollars for feature films in Seattle. The former Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum, he has aided in the production of scores of films. He has won the Stranger Genius Award for Film, the Seattle Mayor’s Film Award. He has attended the Sundance Producer’s Lab and the National Art Strategies Chief Executive Program. He is the founder of Skookum Pictures, a Seattle-based production company.
Jennessa West started her production career working in one hour episodic television for Warner Brothers Television, the FX Channel and CBS Television while living in Los Angeles. Jennessa later moved to Seattle, Washington where she founded Pressing Pictures, LLC – a production company dedicated to creating compelling commercial and narrative works. Jennessa’s producing credits include Megan Griffith’s feature film SADIE starring Sophia Mitri Schloss, Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher, Jr., Danielle Brooks, and Tony Hale which premiered in competition at SXSW 2018. Jennessa also produced the coming-of-age film LANE 1974 with Katherine Moenning, which premiered at SXSW in 2017 and received two grand jury prizes from acclaimed festivals and distribution through The Orchard; MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014 with distribution through Fandor; SPIN, a short film which premiered at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and she co-produced the comedic web series ROCKETMEN. She is the Executive Producer for Stefanie Sparks’ gross-out girl comedy IN CASE OF EMERGENCY which won an audience award for best feature at the Bushwick Film Festival and played as best of fest at Citizen Jane.