Dawn Jones Redstone, Producer, Director, & Writer
Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latina filmmaker best known as director and co-writer of the acclaimed dramatic short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Dawn has worked in and around the non-profit world for 14 years as an employee, board member and a subcontractor and is ready to mine the wealth of comedy, this sector has to offer! Dawn is the recipient of the MRG Foundation’s 2016 Lilla Jewel Award and was named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce. She recently received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council along with Kjerstin Johnson to develop a pilot for a potential web series and is currently developing her first feature film script about a Latina carpenter and her reluctant apprentice. She is committed to creating films that help balance the media representation of women and people of color both in front of and behind the camera.
Aileen Sheedy, Assistant Director
Aileen Sheedy graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York with a B.S. in both Computer Science and Electronic Media, Arts & Communication. After returning home to Portland, Oregon, Aileen worked as a software quality assurance engineer at Harmonic before deciding to start her film production company, Pencil Ink Productions. She is currently the video producer at a literary non-profit called Late Night Library, and she regularly teaches therapeutic filmmaking workshops for veterans with I Was There, a program of the Patton Veterans Project. When not producing her own projects, Aileen frequently works as an assistant director and script supervisor. Aileen has written and directed short films across various genres, from science-fiction thrillers to raunchy romantic comedies to experimental art installations. In 2015, she created a 40-episode multimedia web series called The Misselthwaite Archives, which is a modern teen adaptation of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The show aired on YouTube and has been nominated for the Oregon Actor Awards, the Portland Indie Short Film Awards, and the Literary-Inspired Webseries Awards. Aileen is currently developing a second web series based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
Nora Colie recently returned to the narrative world of filmmaking after working the last several years in political documentaries. She spends most her time fretting about global warming but still hasn’t figured out how to stop it. Her favorite snack is Spanish potato chips, olives and German white wine. Sometimes she makes music videos.
Jeanette Li, Assistant Camera
Jeanette is a filmmaker in Portland, OR. She was raised in rural upstate South Carolina and is the daughter of first generation immigrants from Hong Kong. She has several years of experience working in film production and chooses to priortize projects that uplift women, LGBTQ+ folks, and POC. She is particularly excited to be joining the crew of Non-Profit and to be working with a WOC director and creator. When not on set, Jeanette also works as a youth filmmaking instructor. She teaches the POWgirls workshops at the Portland Women’s Film Festival (aka POWfest) helping to educate and empower the next generation of female and non-binary filmmakers. Most recently she also joined the Communications Team at APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) as a part-time staff member.
Jade Harris, Set Designer
Jade Harris is a freelance production and wardrobe designer based in Portland, OR. Jade is well versed in creating intimate worlds for narrative comedies. Recent credits include “The Benefits of Gusbandry” and “Shut Up Anthony!” She is also a member of Portlandia’s Emmy Award winning art department.
Molly Pettit, Sound Recordist
Transplanted From: SF, CA. 10-1-08
Likes: Bicycles, Backpacking, Berry Picking, Mushroom Hunting, Gleaning, Public Radio, Podcasts, Social Justice, Civil Discourse and Large, Reverberant Spaces. Dislikes: Infomercials, Mealy Apples, Mosquitos, Political Intrigue and Schmutz on my Face. Lives For: Adventures in Unlikely Places, Exhaustive Physical Activity, Overwhelmingly Beautiful Landscapes and Moments of Fleeting Perfection.
Sika Stanton, Grip/Gaffer
Sika Stanton is an African-American filmmaker and photographer based in Portland, OR. Sika has worked in and around the art, photography, and nonprofits worlds for 13 years, as a visual artist and freelance filmmaker. Projects that explore the experience and voices of underrepresented communities interest her the most. Most recently, she co-produced two short documentaries for Oregon Humanities about how land policy in Oregon has impacted African Americans and people of color. She is passionate about the ongoing pursuit of human rights and social justice for people of African descent.
Sarah Collins, Makeup Artist
Sarah is a stylist with 18 years of hair/makeup experience working both in the salon and on set. She cut her teeth working in the Bay Area which provided many styling opportunities within the music, fine art & fashion industries. In addition to her vast styling experience she has modeled regularly for many fine art photographers as well as moonlighting in set design, direction of photography and video production. Sarah has the benefit of knowledge from in front of, behind and to the side of the camera. Sarah is an admitted TV addict but loves being outside in nature more than anything else. She lives and works in Portland, OR with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 boyfriend.
Bonnie Stinson, Production Coordinator
Bonnie Stinson is a queer media strategist, poet, organizer, systems thinker, experience designer, and instigator with an interest in destroying binary thinking. She has lived and worked with nonprofits in Palestine, Toronto, and the Pacific Northwest, and is so excited to support the development of this project! Bonnie believes that stories are the foundation for transforming culture, and that we all have the power, both individually and collectively, to build a new narrative system that centers marginalized voices. She also likes cats and baking pies.
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James Jones, Editor is a editor and filmmaker who has worked on short fiction films (last year’s award winning “Sista in the Brotherhood”), feature documentaries and non-fiction TV, everything from Bobby Flay to Bruce Lee. His production talents run across the board: shooting, editing, composing music. His work has aired on the History Channel, Biography, Discovery, CBS and MTV.
Scott “CHOPS” Jung, Music Supervisor
Scott “CHOPS” Jung is a music maker whose multi-instrument style helped his group Mountain Brothers become the first Asian American rap group signed to a major label. He’s since worked with many of rap’s biggest and most respected artists (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, E-40, Ice Cube, Snoop). His Strength in NUMBERS album featured over 30 talented Asian American rappers and singers. CHOPS’ music is heard in ads (Nike, Coca Cola, X Games), TV shows (Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: SVU, Parks and Recreation), and movies (Brown Sugar, House of Wax, Hurricane Season, Face, Ping Pong Playa). He credits the sports documentary 9-Man for reigniting his love of writing music to picture.
Based in Portland, OR, Marilou Carrera is a health equity advocate by day and art adjacent by night. Her experiences as a Filipina and Japanese woman who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, as well as her time practicing as a registered nurse, advocating for communities of color, and promoting public health have long persuaded her of the importance and imperative of sharing stories. She co-developed We Carry Oceans, an online collection of stories about accessing reproductive health within Asian / Pacific Islander communities. Marilou is currently establishing a creative writing practice to share her own stories of negotiating intergenerational space in the context of diaspora and gender / reproductive justice.
Joe is a filmmaker and musician based in North Portland. His films have been shown at film festivals around the world and he is active in the Asian-American film community both as an artist and an organizer. Joe also tours internationally as a guitarist and singer-songwriter.
Candace Kita is an enthusiastic arts and cultural worker committed to connecting people of color with creative opportunities. Born in Chicago to Japanese American and Swedish American parents, she has been an artist and arts enthusiast for as long as she can remember. Her multifaceted artistic practice has spanned illustration, sculpture, graphic design, typography, book arts, writing, and performance.
June Karen Reyes
June is passionate about forests, oceans, and words. She believes art and creative expression is critical for social change and participates in the Arts and Media Project at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon to elevate underrepresented API voices and re-write dominant culture narratives. She works at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette bringing together community partners around systems change to break the cycle of childhood poverty. When she’s not working, you might find June playing the guitar or violin, reading, or shooting hoops.
Jessica Yen is a Chinese-American essayist and novelist whose work focuses on the intersection of identity, culture, family, and memory. Her personal essays have appeared inOregon Humanities and The Drum Literary Magazine, and she was a finalist for the 2016 Fourth Genre essay prize. She is an alumni of the Voices of our Nations Arts writers workshop, the only multi-genre writers workshop for writers of color, and of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s certificate program. She spent nearly a decade working in non-profits before transitioning to a career as a freelance writer/editor.
Graphic Designer, Shannon Paine
Shannon Paine is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She uses her freelance design work to create graphic design solutions that help build community in for-profit companies and advocates for marginalized communities for non-profits. You can see more of work at http://www.shannonpaine.com/.
Videography & Photography Support, Nikki De Leon
Nikki De Leon is photographer based in Portland, OR. and an organizer with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Her aim is to use art as a platform to connect our thoughts and our actions by curating visuals and platforms that educate, organize, and mobilize her community. You can view more of her work on her website at https://www.nikkideleon.com/.
Digital Coordinator & Production Assistant, Lokyee Au
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lokyee is a second generation Chinese American, whose roots go back to Hong Kong. She is also a first-generation college graduate, having recently completed two masters degrees from the University of Oregon: Environmental Studies and Community and Regional Planning. Her work within social justice intersects with her background in environmental justice, policy, and communications. Lokyee also serves on the Board of the environmental justice organization Beyond Toxics. In her spare time, Lokyee enjoys drawing, singing, sloth videos, wildflowers, and intersectional feminism.
Digital Coordinator (Crowdfunding campaign), Lilian Ongelungel
Lilian is a multifaceted cultural worker, artist, and communication professional born in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about social justice and education equity. When she isn’t busy at her day job as a marketing coordinator or supporting Nonprofit Web Series as a Digital Coordinator, Lilian enjoys creating art, writing, reading, dancing, indulging in the local food scene, laughing at memes, and the occasional karaoke session.