Meika Rouda is a writer/producer based in the Bay Area. Her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Underwire Magazine and The Next Family where she is a contributing writer. Meika is a consultant for the Telluride Film Festival and produced the award winning feature film Quality of Life which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was distributed in theaters nationwide. She has worked with directors including Robert DeNiro, Spike Lee and Robert Redford. Her filmmaker residency focused on directing a short film based on her personal essay on adoption called "My Peeps".
David is a filmmaker and founder of the media collaborative, Early Man Productions. He grew up in New York and currently lives in Oakland, CA. His latest film, Slide Rail Superman, premiered at the SF IndieFest and at film festivals nationwide. David completed one year film residency at the Ninth Street IFC Media Arts Incubator program to work on a feature documentary in 2015.
Yael Luttwak is a filmmaker and the founder of Slim Peace Groups 501 (C)(3), a non-profit organization that emerged from her documentary film, A Slim Peace, portraying the drama of Israeli and Palestinian women in the first ever weight-loss group involving Jews and Arabs. Yael directed and co-produced A Slim Peace, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. As the organization's 2014 filmmaker in residence, Yael completed My Favorite Neoconservative - a short documentary examining the surreal power circles of Washington, D.C. through observations of her father Edward, a conservative political and military strategist - which screened at SFJFF in 2014.
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