Reel Stories would not be possible without the dedicated and passionate hard work of our staff, boards, and volunteers.
Dawn is the Producer/ Co-director on the 2018 documentary THE PUSHOUTS with Katie Galloway (Director/ Producer). The Pushouts won the 2019 Imagen Best Documentary award and is a Sundance Stories of Change project.
Dawn is a 2020 recipient of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media - See It, Be It Development Fellow. She is in pre-production on two series - one scripted and one documentary style. She is a consulting producer on a number of projects including Vivien's Wild Ride and Manzanar, Diverted.
Dawn is an alumni of the CPB Producers Academy, BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship, NALIP’s Latino Producers Academy and Media Market and the Women of Color Filmmakers’ Residency. Dawn is fund development consultant with a number of racial and social justice organizations in the SF Bay Area.
In the fall of 2022 Yasaman began her current role as the Reel Stories and East Bay Program Manager for BAVC Youth. Outside of BAVC Media, Yasaman’s professional passions include production design and working as a freelance motion graphics artist. Yasaman’s personal projects revolve around environmental education and exploring her Iranian heritage with an intersectional feminist lens.
Morgan Lewis is one of our Reel Stories documentary instructors. As an instructor Morgan creates and builds curriculum for afterschool programs. As well as acting as a producer for young filmmakers in the process of creating their own film. She also helps support BAVC events and filmmaking Q&As.
Sarah Bryant-Cole is a Reel Stories Media Instructor. They are in the classroom virtually and in-person working directly with students, as well as helping to create curriculum for future Reel Stories programs.
Kia’s narrative films, music videos and documentaries have played in festivals all over the world. Her documentary Looking for Sly won awards for Best Short Doc at SXSW, LA International Short, and Tortured Artist Film Festival. Her music videos have been in rotation on MTV, and won awards from Zoie Fest and Berkeley Film Festival. The Pacific Pioneer Fund awarded her the Emerging Filmmaker Grant. Both PBS’s video i and Varnish Art Gallery in San Francisco have presented retrospectives of her work. She participated in AFI’s Women Director’s Workshop and in Film Independent’s Director’s Lab and Fast Track Program.
Thanks in large part to Reel Stories’ Women’s Filmmaking Weekend, her passion for filmmaking and acting was reignited and her film resume now includes Acting, Writing, Editing and Music Direction credits.
The Reel Stories Student Board is a group of passionate Reel Stories alumni who play a vital role in giving feedback and improving our curriculum, represent Reel Stories in public events and screenings, and create meaningful media as a team. Student Board members are mentored by Reel Stories staff in developing their voices as filmmakers.
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