As co-founding team member of Rada Film Group, author, filmmaker and artist, Michèle Stephenson, also comes to the company as a recovering attorney with a passion for non-fiction storytelling with a specific interest in telling stories from her own communities.
For more than fifteen years, the Haitian-Panamanian has used her international background and experience as a human rights attorney to document social justice stories about communities of color and produce visual stories in a variety of media. She has also structured human rights campaigns and trained people across the globe in video internet advocacy. Stephenson’s work has appeared on PBS, Showtime, MTV, and other broadcast, cable and digital outlets.
She and her work have received numerous honors, including the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking, the African American Film Critics’ Association Award, the New York Film Festival Main Slate Selection and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media and three Emmy nominations. For her the Rada Film Group is the ultimate expression of collaborative creativity in media and social change.
Joe Brewster M.D.
Joe Brewster is a Harvard and Stanford educated psychiatrist who specialized in organizational analysis, the use of psychoanalytic principles to understand and improve organizations.
In 1992, Brewster sold his first screenplay to the Jackson/McHenry group under the Warner Bros. imprint. In 1996, he wrote and directed The Keeper, which was an official selection in the dramatic narrative competition section of the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous national and international awards, including an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His documentary and feature film projects have received broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel and the Starz Network.
Brewster is a recipient of Sundance, Tribeca-All Access, Tribeca New Media and BAVC fellowships. His recent documentary film, American Promise received three Emmy nominations, and is the winner of the 2013 African-American Critics Association Award for Best Documentary, The Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. His transmedia work has also been supported by The Kellogg Foundation, The Open Society, Heinz and Blank Foundations.
Amilca is a New York-based producer and researcher. She has worked on numerous critically acclaimed documentary projects, including the celebrated PBS series African American Lives with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Emmy Award-winning film The Murder of Emmett Till. Her documentary work has taken her as far as Angola, Central Africa to film with comedian Chris Tucker, onto performance stages in LA and DC to coordinate live concert shoots, and into the personal archives of Yoko Ono. As Archive Producer she has researched a range of historical periods and figures and has been responsible for uncovering rare footage, photography and ephemera for award-winning films, including the Emmy-nominated The Great Invisible and the Peabody Award winning LENNONYC. Other recent credits include Koch, Deep Web and The Trials of Spring. Amilca has a degree in U.S. History and African American Studies from Brown University.
Alfredo Alcántara is a Mexican cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His camerawork is featured in the award-winning documentary American Promise (Sundance Film Festival, Jury Award 2013). In 2012 he shot thirteen episodes of The Unexplained, an A+E Television Series produced by Doug Liman. The following year, he shot ten episodes of American Freedom Stories, a BIO Channel miniseries outlining the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. His short documentary Duke and the Buffalo was a finalist for best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. That same year he co-directed and shot El Porvenir, a short documentary that premiered at SXSW in 2015. He recently finished shooting and co-directing an upcoming History Channel digital series about conservation ranching in Colorado, set to air in the Fall of 2015.
A graduate of Bard College, Ayana began her career working with a number of Non-Profit Organizations with a focus on Human Rights, both locally and internationally. Becoming evermore critical to the impact of her work, she transitioned her career towards filmmaking and the power of story, eventually finding herself at Rada Film Group. Since her start here at Rada, she has produced films for a number of social impact campaigns, including College Board’s “All In” Campaign, and videos for The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. She produced “A Mother’s Dream,” commissioned by TED Talks, and continues expanding her credits alongside the New York Times’ Conversations on Race Op-Doc Series and “All Roads Point Home.”
Isabel Alcántara is a Mexican documentary filmmaker with a background in photojournalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 2012, she and her brother co-founded Ponderosa Productions, a documentary production company with the goal of detailing current events, dying traditions and key issues of their generation. She has produced award-winning content that has screened at SXSW and major television networks such as A&E and History Channel. She has also shot photo and multimedia content for Paper Magazine, and The New York Times, and is a staff writer for the GLAAD award-winning queer website, Autostraddle.