Shana McKay Burns | Director, Producer
Shana is a visual story teller who has served as production designer on four independent feature films, has art directed for Good Morning America, and 20/20, and is an assistant editor on the feature documentary, Parents of the Revolution. Her assistant set design credits include the Tony Award winning Broadway production of, The Importance of Being Earnest. She received her M.F.A. in Design from New York University and a second M.F.A. in Animation from the Ohio State University. Shana grew up in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Jason Lucero | Producer, Writer
Jason has been a political activist for thirty years, and a filmmaker and educator for seventeen years. Jason received an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in classical languages and an MFA from the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University. Jason’s films have been screened at the Sundance film festival, the film festival of International Cinema students in Tokyo Japan, and London International Film Festival. His theater work has been staged at HERE Center for the Arts in New York City and staged readings at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley California. Jason teaches filmmaking at both Columbia and New York University.
Emma Morris | Editor
Emma Joan Morris is an Emmy-winning producer/director/editor whose work includes the feature documentary Something Within Me, winner of the Audience Award, Film Makers Trophy and a Special Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. She was a co-editor of Shut-Up and Sing, a feature documentary on the music and politics of the Dixie Chicks. Her other editing credits include the Academy-Award-winning documentary Close Harmony, and A Stitch for Time, which received an Academy Award nomination. She has edited films for all of the major networks including HBO, PBS, A&E, CBS, ABC, NBC and Discovery Channel. In Search of China, her 90-minute special on the effects of the market economy on China aired nationally on PBS. She served as supervising editor on the full-length documentaries: Doubletime, Leave No Soldier, and Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie. Voices of Sarafina!, which she co-directed and edited, earned her an Emmy. Her other awards include: Sundance Audience Award, Sundance Filmmakers Trophy, Special Sundance Jury Award, News and Documentary Emmy Award, Christopher Award, Cine Golden Eagle, Golden Apple Award and the IDA Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award.