Looky Looky Pictures
Your work will be so nice, they'll have to look twice -- first they'll see your film, then they'll see its impact on the world.
Ani Mercedes, IMPACT PRODUCER
Let me tell you a story: I first televised the revolution at age 13, when I lugged a VHS camera through my middle school interviewing everyone from classmates to the school principal with simple questions like "How many states are in the U.S.?" and "What's 30 percent of 100?" I wanted to start a conversation about the quality of my education. To my affirmation, some students and school leaders answered incorrectly. Unfortunately, my director's cut was censored by the teacher because he didn't want to show that his boss -- the school principal -- didn't know how many states are in the U.S.
I now continue to produce stories that create impactful and prudent conversations about how the collective public decisions we make shape our individual lives.
Background: I began my film career as as an intern at the documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), was an elementary school teacher (Teach for America), served as a community organizer on both of President Obama's presidential campaigns, and a White House intern (President Obama). I hold a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.P.A. from Syracuse University.