Sara Jordenö is an award-winning visual artist, documentary filmmaker and educator who makes projects with and about communities. Sara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Animation and Video at Rhode Island School of Design. Her feature documentary KIKI, which premiered in the US documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, has since been shown at over 80 film festivals on six continents, and was released in theaters in the US by IFC Sundance Selects, in UK by Picturehouse and in Sweden by Folkets Bio. KIKI, which is co-written with community leader Twiggy Pucci Garcon and produced by Story and Hard Working Movies, was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights at Full Frame Documentary Festival, among other awards. For KIKI, Jordenö was a nominee for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. In 2016 she was named by Variety and EFP as one of "Ten Women Filmmakers to Watch."
Christopher Thomas is a Demography Fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and a doctoral student in Criminal Justice at the CUNY Graduate Center and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Twiggy Pucci Garcon
As an activist, advocate, and healer, Twiggy has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, academics and policymakers to increase visibility of both creative and sociopolitical agendas. In his current role as Associate Program Director at the True Colors Fund, Twiggy leads their Youth Collaboration programs, aimed at not only elevating youth voices but also creating space for partnerships with young adults to lead the movement to end youth homelessness.
In addition to his activism and advocacy work, Twiggy has worked as a model & runway trainer, performance artist, and special events & talent management coordinator. He and his work have been featured in major media publications and media outlets such as OUT Magazine, PAPER Magazine, NY Mag, The Huffington Post, The METRO Weekly, and The Advocate among others. Twiggy was also a featured subject in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ and HBO’s documentary feature film, The OUT List and is the co-writer and one of seven subjects in the Sundance-selected, award-winning documentary, KIKI. Twiggy’s continued mission is to elevate the authentic representation of the House|Ballroom Community worldwide.
Amber Horning Ruf, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She spent almost a decade researching violent crime. For the last eight years, she has been involved in field research studies of commercial sex markets, human trafficking and unaccompanied minor refugees. She has published in journals such as Homicide Studies,Sociological Perspectives, and The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Naiti Gámez is a NYC-based filmmaker from Miami/Cuba. She has worked as a cinematographer & director on award-winning films and television series. Her film, Love, Sadie, screened in the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner.
As a cinematographer, her film credits have screened at Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, SXSW, Festival du Cinema de Paris, Woodstock Film Festival, Hampton's International FilmFestival, and Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona among others. Her TV credits include HBO, Showtime, PBS, ESPN, MTV/MTV2, DiscoveryChannel, Animal Planet, & Nova.
Naiti has also worked at non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. As a youth-media educator, she's collaborated with young people to produce videos about social, cultural, and political issues that affect them. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Smith College, and an M.F.A. in Film Production (Cinematography concentration) from the University of Texas at Austin.