Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor of film production at Northwestern University. He has been nominated three times for the Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize. His most recent completed film The Undocumented, was a PBS broadcast/ Independent Lens feature length cinema verite documentary addressing the deaths of illegal border crossers in Arizona’s border. Banished (2007), was awarded the Knight Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the Miami International Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award. Freedom Summer (2006), was part of the primetime Emmy Award winning series: Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America.
Williams’ film Two Towns of Jasper received the 2004 George Foster Peabody Award and the 2004 Alfred I duPont Silver Baton. It is the winner of the 2002 Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival Silver Award for Best International Documentary (2002); it is also the recipient of the 2002 DoubleTake/Full Frame grand prize. Two Towns of Jasper was broadcast on POV on PBS, the film and the directors were featured on The Oprah Winfrey
Juan Mejia Botero is an award-winning film director with over 15 years of experience in feature documentaries. His work has focused primarily on human rights abuses and struggles for social justice around the world. He has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean where he has directed a number of films on forced displacement, ethnic autonomy, state violence, and the competition for natural resources, which have played widely in the festival circuit and also television.
Juan’s directorial debut, Uprooted (2008), won the San Francisco Latino Film Festival Audience Choice Award and the Best Documentary Award at the COMMFEST Film Festival. It aired nationally on PBS. His feature documentary
The Battle for Land, was a winner of a production grant from the Colombian Ministry of Culture, a postproduction grant from the Tribeca Film Institute, and the 2016 Honesty Oscar for Best Picture by the Accountability Lab and the ONE Foundation. Juan's most recent documentary, Death by a Thousand Cuts, shot along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, premiered at the HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto, won the Audience Award at DocNYC and the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was also named Best in Festival at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale and the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. It will premier on national television in 2017.