Olivia Merrion is a producer and documentary filmmaker who has produced online videos for NPR, PBS, Recode, the Associated Press, Discovery Communications, and Slate, among others. She attended James Madison University, where she earned her degree in digital video and cinema. Her capstone film received honors from the Broadcast Education Association and won the Audience Choice Award at the Virginia Student Film Festival. After graduating, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a freelance shooter and editor for NPR and other media outlets. In late 2015, she joined the creative studio collective 1504 as a contributing producer.
Débora Silva is a Brazilian reporter and filmmaker based in California. She started her career as an on-air reporter and producer at a news station in São Paulo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul and a master’s degree in television from The University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis film, “A New Rhythm for Mozambique,” was awarded “best short length documentary” at the 2016 Silicon Valley African Film Festival. Silva was selected as a National Association of Black Journalists fellow for The New York Times Institute Fellowship program in New Orleans. Her work has appeared on KQED, Fusion, Univision, PBS, BBC and Al Jazeera.
Emily Harger is a filmmaker and photojournalist with a passion for documenting social and economic issues in rural America. She recently graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication with a focus in photojournalism. She has interned at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Kertis Creative, where she produced storytelling campaigns for Kentucky nonprofits. She is a regular contributor to Fly Over Media, a cultural education nonprofit that produces content for rural and underrepresented communities. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Hearst Journalism Awards’ National Photojournalism Championship news and feature category.