EVAN BRIGGS DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
Evan Briggs is an independent documentary filmmaker whose short films have premiered in film festivals all over the country. A trailer for her first feature length film, The Growing Season (formerly called Present Perfect), was released as part of a Kickstarter campaign in June 2015. The film received press coverage from numerous national and international media outlets, including CNN, ABC, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, PBS NewsHour, and The Today Show, among many others. The original trailer has been translated into multiple languages and viewed on social media by more than 200 million people worldwide. The complete film premiered at DOC NYC in November 2017. Evan has taught filmmaking through the Digital Media Academy in San Francisco, as well as at the Seattle Film Institute and Seattle University. She also works as a freelance director, and serves as the in-house videographer for Seattle Children's Hospital. Evan received an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three young sons, and is currently at work on her next film.
STEPHANIE WANG-BREAL PRODUCER
Stephanie has been producing and directing films and commercials for the past 15 years. She directed the award-winning feature length documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). The film was nominated for an Emmy®, and was the recipient of three Grand Jury Best Documentary Awards at the AFI/ Discovery Silverdocs Film Festival, the Asian American International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, as well as a 2011 CINE special Jury Award. The film had its national television broadcast in 2010 on the award-winning PBS series POV. Stephanie’s second feature-length documentary, Tough Love premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014 and went on to screen in our nation’s Capitol for a White House Policy discussion around parents and the foster care system. The film premiered on PBS POV in July 2015 and is the recipient of the 2016 American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. Stephanie has also directed pieces for Facebook, Verifone, Tiffany & Co., Apple, Nickelodeon, ESPN’s 538 and Goldman Sachs and has produced content and commercials for UNICEF, CNN, A&E Television and MTV Networks. Stephanie currently sits on the Board of the New York Women's Foundation and resides in Brooklyn, New York with her son and daughter.
CARRIE WEPRIN PRODUCER
Carrie is a film, television and digital video producer. As an independent producer, Carrie has created content for A&E Television Network, MTV Networks, EPIX, Google, The New York Times and PBS. Most recently, Carrie has worked for The New York Times video department, where she helped bring the award- winning travel column, “36 Hours,” to television on the Travel Channel. She also helped to bring episodic digital video series to nytimes.com, including: The Trials of Spring, Our Man in Tehran and the award-winning series, Retro Report. In 2014, Carrie produced the feature-length documentary film, Tough Love. Tough Love premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2014 and went on to screen in our nation’s Capitol for a White House Policy discussion around parents and the foster care system. The film premiered on PBS POV in July 2015 and is the recipient of the 2016 American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. Carrie currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.
ERIK DUGGER EDITOR
Over the last decade, Erik has edited documentaries including LITTLE WHITE LIE, THE MAGIC LIFE, SCREENAGERS, and SUPERGIRL. He was also the supervising editor of the Peabody Award-winning NO LE DIGAS A NADIE. Erik’s work has screened at film festivals including Slamdance, DOC NYC, and the Hamptons International Film Festival. It has also been featured on the Sundance Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, A&E Biography, as well as PBS’s Independent Lens and POV series.
MELANIE VI LEVY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Melanie Vi Levy is an editor, producer and director specializing in non-fiction storytelling. She has collaborated on projects supported by NYSCA, The Ms. Foundation for Women, The Ford Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation including Secret Survivors, Using Theater to Break the Silence and Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity. As editor she has contributed to feature documentaries including Kivalina People (supported by NAPT, Tribeca All Access, IFP) Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012) (SXSW premiere, supported by the Sundance Institute, PBS Independent Lens), the Sundance award-winning film E-Team by Academy Award winner Ross Kauffman and Katey Chevigny, and most recently the feature film Roseanne for President which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Her short film work including A Different Color Blue, and My Name is Sydney has won numerous awards and has been broadcast nationally (POV, PBS). She holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.