Neil Creque Williams is the producer of Miss Juneteenth. He has produced original content for 20th Century Fox, USC Athletics, and Duke University. He began his career in documentary filmmaking with projects that played at Full Frame Film Festival and screened on the Documentary Channel. He produced the narrative short, Red (directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples), which received a DGA Student Jury Award. As a writer/director, Neil’s shorts have played international film festivals and been featured in Time, Inc publications. Originally from North Carolina, Neil received his BA from Duke University and his MFA in Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Melissa is an independent producer and the founder of Ominira Studios, a global production and entertainment consulting firm. Melissa produces content by and about the global African diaspora, in the hopes of showcasing the complexity and expansiveness of black people’s lives in the dopest way possible. Melissa is currently working on her first documentary feature titled Dusty & Stones. She is a 2020 IFP Cannes Producers Network Fellow and a 2020 Creative Producers Indaba Fellow. Her first feature, Eyimofe, premiered at the 2020 Berlinale Film Festival.
Melissa started her career in film on Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. She graduated with an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and with a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University.
Miriam Heads is a producer and filmmaker with an affinity for counter-culture and storytelling that showcases the many nuanced facets of underrepresented voices. Since starting her career in 2018, she has produced commercial and visual content for Adidas, Reebok, international music artist Runtown, NBA Hall-of -Famer Tracy McGrady, and many more. All Screwed Up is her first narrative project, of which she produced alongside Isaac Yowman, the film’s director.
Chester is a producer and costume designer who straddles the worlds of film and fashion. He is the first male African-American costume designer to compete in competition at the Cannes Film Festival with Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority, produced by Martin Scorsese. Gordon was also a winner of the Tribeca Film Institute’s 2019 TFI All Access Grant. Gordon’s films have played in over 200 festivals combined including Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, BFI, Outfest, and the American Black Film Festival. He is also a producer for the GLAAD-nominated documentary TV series My House, which is currently airing on Viceland.
Mike is a filmmaker and actor from New York. He produced Hunter Gather, which won a Special Jury Prize at SXSW and was nominated for the Cassavetes Award in 2017. He also produced Kicks, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Focus World in 2016, Keep in Touch, which he co-wrote and acted in, and Babysitter, SXSW 2015. In 2016 he was named to Moviemaker Magazine’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” list. The Climb is his feature directorial debut based on the short film that premiered at the Sundance in 2018.
Hillary Pierce is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer based in Austin, Texas. She is a part of the producing team behind Keith Maitland’s dual 2016 documentaries Tower and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story. Hilary began producing her documentary career at Maysles Films under the tutelage of Direct Cinema pioneer Albert Maysles and earned an MFA in Documentary Film at Wake Forest University. Her film The One Who Builds tells the story of the Muslim director of a refugee resettlement agency in the American South. Tower won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize and Audience Award at SXSW in 2016, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2017, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary.
Amanda Spain has been a producer and director in feature documentaries and television for over 15 years. She recently produced and directed two short documentaries for ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series: Wrestling the Curse and Son of South Sudan, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Spain also produced and directed In Their Boots, which was nominated for an IDA award. Her work has appeared on A&E, PBS, MTV, and Link TV and The Sundance Channel. Her films have been accepted into Women’s International Film Festival and New Fest. She was a 2016-2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and in 2013, she started Giving Voice Films, a company dedicated to producing compelling documentaries for both the large and small screen.
Jennifer Blei Stockman is a principal in Hot & Sunny Productions, formed to provide content about artists and the art world for film and television. She worked as an executive for over 30 years in the business world while avidly collecting contemporary art. She has been President of the Guggenheim Museum since 2005, with museums in New York, Bilbao, Venice, and a project in Abu Dhabi. Blei Stockman also has served on museum committees at MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Aspen Art Museum. She is a producer of Love, Cecil a documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland that premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and was screened at HCAF2017.