RAZI JAFRI- Director & Producer 

Razi Jafri is a Detroit based documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on religion, race, politics, immigration, and the changing cultural landscape in America. His own experience as a Muslim immigrant has informed much of his work.

 

His current projects include Hamtramck, USA, a film about democracy in America’s first Muslim majority town, located in Michigan, which will premier at SXSW in 2020. His other project, named, Loyalty, follows three Muslim chaplains as they navigate religious freedom and islamophobia in the US armed forces. Loyalty is currently nearing the end of production. Razi served as a mentor in Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) Fellowship. He has been awarded fellowships by Facing Change: Documenting Detroit, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), The Salzburg Global Forum, and most recently, the Knight Foundation Fellowship at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Razi became a documentary photographer and filmmaker after a ten-year engineering career in the automotive and biomedical industries in order to pursue more meaningful work. Razi is an alumnus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he received a bachelor's degree in engineering.

JUSTIN FELTMAN- Director & Producer

Justin graduated from Pacific Union College, where he studied Film and Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis, building an understanding of the art and business of filmmaking. His Senior year, he produced the short film, Heaven, which took home the award for the school’s Best Senior Thesis.

 

Justin worked on several independent films, such as I Am I and Struck by Lightning, as well as several documentaries, Napa Valley Dreams and CHECK IT. He produced several short films, music videos, and a web series. He currently creates video content for nonprofits and small businesses throughout the DC area.

LUTHER CLEMENT - Editor

Raised by school teachers in Lawrence, Kansas, Luther is a former internationally competitive fencer who got his start in film editing tour documentaries in the music industry. His work has been featured by such publications as Rolling Stone and Billboard.com. 

 

Having graduated from Northwestern University with an MFA in Documentary Media in 2017, his thesis documentary film portrayed the dreams of a Haitian immigrant, screening at l’Alternativa Barcelona and Oberhausen Short Film Festival. His short film, Stay Close, premiered at Sundance 2019, and made the Oscars 2020 shortlist for Documentary (Short Subject). He currently teaches film at Davidson College in North Carolina.

DOUG BLUSH - Executive Producer

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 100 feature and television projects, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE).  His recent credits include, as Supervising Editor, the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 Feet from Stardom for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing, and the recent HBO documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, both from director Morgan Neville. He was Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground in 2014 and the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning The Invisible War in 2012.  He also supervised the 2016 Sundance Audience Award and Emmy winning Jim: The James Foley Story, now playing on HBO.  Recent work as consulting or supervising editor include the Sundance documentaries The Mars Generation, Chasing Coral and the 2018 Oscar-winning Icarus, and earlier editorial and producing work includes the popular documentaries Wordplay, Freakonomics, Outrage, These Amazing Shadows, and Superheroes.


He’s the producer, cinematographer and supervising editor a new film on suicide survivors turned activists, The S Word, directed by his wife Lisa Klein, now playing across the US and Canada. His earlier film Of Two Minds, co-directed with Lisa, is an intimate look at three remarkable people living with bipolar disorder, and is winner of both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health.  


Doug co-owns MadPix Inc, a production and post production company in Los Angeles dedicated to documentary and independent films. He is also a longtime film educator with classes and seminars at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, as well as exchanges and panels in Indonesia, Brazil, Armenia, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, the Netherlands and more.

COLLEEN BURKE - Composer

Colleen has been a founding member and player in a handful of acclaimed rock bands from the late 90’s until today in Chicago, New York and now back in her hometown of Detroit. She has toured round the world and made many records with We Ragazzi, Smog, Outrageous Cherry, Danny and the Darleans, Andre Williams and The Matthew Smith Group. 

Her first on screen collaborations date back to 2001. From 2004-2009 she designed a unique sound experience for 5 of artist Simon Lee’s cinematic Bus Obscuras. She composed for Eve Sussman’s algorithmic noir digital installation White on White (2010), which is now owned by the Smithsonian. She has scored several shorts as well as the features, Interkosmos (2006), La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo (2008), and The Drunkard’s Lament (2016) for experimental filmmaker Jim Finn. The soundtrack for Interkosmos by Burke and Jim Becker was released as an LP in 2007. Plans are currently being made to release the “strange revisionist musical” The Drunkard’s Lament as a soundtrack.