Nava Mau is a filmmaker, writer, and actress from Mexico City and San Antonio, Texas. Nava wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Waking Hour a short film about a young trans woman balancing her safety with her desire for intimacy. She was selected as a Production Fellow for the Netflix documentary Disclosure and she also produced the short films Sam’s Town and Lovebites now streaming on the Issa Rae Presents channel. For 8 years, Nava worked in the fields of healing justice and culture change with community-based service providers, student organizations, and survivors of violence. Her long-term vision is to illuminate the stories of marginalized people in order to transform their access to resources. Nava appears next as a series regular in the HBO Max series Generation.
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Chloe Webster has written, produced, edited, and directed several short films using both 16mm and digital formats. She graduated from Pomona College with a double major in Media Studies and French. She then worked in the independent film financing and sales department of a leading talent agency in Los Angeles, where she collaborated with independent producers, financiers, and distribution companies. Currently, Chloe works in development at an Oscar-nominated director’s production company with an exclusive deal at Fox Studios.
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Aja Pop is a 1st generation American cinematographer in the Bay Area. Through her career she’s worked behind the camera for companies like Pixar and talent including Harmony Santana, D’Lo, Cheryl Dunye, and Paul Thomas from Good Charlotte.
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Sowj Kudva has been working in video production for 13 years; they write, produce, direct, shoot, and/or edit for corporate clients, nonprofits, independent filmmakers, and their own passion projects. Previously, they worked as the Senior Producer/Editor at ITVS. Sowj also worked as the Senior Producer for WIRED, where they ran the video department—managing an in-house team and a personal network of freelancers.
Sowj worked their way up through post-production in the television broadcast world, starting off as a transcriber and eventually working as an editor, both online and offline. Editing remains their first love and has informed their creative process with every other aspect of production, especially writing and directing. Over Sowj’s career, their work has appeared at Sundance, Slamdance, Memphis Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Cine Noir Film Festival, the first WIRED by Design Conference, on Pitchfork, Spin, MTVU, LOGO, BoingBoing, NBC, VH1, ABC, YouTube Original Programming, the Travel Channel, The Nation, The Atlantic, Salon, Colorlines, Human Rights Campaign, Applied Research Center’s Better Together, and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference.
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Ali Scott is an artist living and working in the Bay Area, CA.
Rafael Cabrera started his path to filmmaking and acting at the age of 13, by writing, acting, and editing his own films with his peers. Growing up, he bounced between New Jersey and New York City which helped him experience the diversity that led him to create more impactful films that reflected his environment. At a young age, he realized the importance of broadening his acting skills in front of an audience, so he pursued theater from middle school through college. After college he attended the New York Film Academy where he concentrated on the art of filmmaking and acting for film. Rafael is constantly trying to push boundaries and make bold character choices with every role he takes on. His passion for acting and directing has led him to be very comfortable with the entire movie-making process from behind the camera and in front of it.
Mandisa Cassell is a Bay Area native and graduate of Hampton University. An avid volunteer and aspiring Speech Language Pathologist, Mandisa currently works with a global nonprofit, International Child Resource Institute, improving early childcare programs in Alameda County. Waking Hour is her first film appearance.