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Meet the 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows
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Aurora Brachman, 24
Film: Joychild
Aurora Brachman is a documentary filmmaker and MFA
student in Documentary Film at Stanford University. She
is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in
Filmmaking to the pacific island nation of Kiribati where
she directed the docuseries, Between the Tides. She is
currently working on a documentary about Club
Quarantine, a virtual queer dance party where hundreds
of people from around the world gather each night
during the Covid-19 lockdowns. She primarily makes
work about the experiences of various marginalized
communities and is committed to collaborative and
ethical storytelling.
©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X
Giselle Bonilla, 25
Film: Virgencita
Giselle Bonilla is a mediocre bartender desperately
pursuing a back-up career as a filmmaker. She graduated
with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of
the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television Production. Her
thesis film received the Horizon Award at the 2018
Sundance Film Festival and went on to compete in
various festivals across the country. She is currently
developing her first feature, and aims to shoot her proof
of concept under the guidance of the Ignite Fellowship.
Giselle is currently based in Los Angeles.
©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X
Jacob Anderson, 25
Film: Bodies
Jacob Anderson is a Kentucky based writer, director, and
cinematographer. He attended Western Kentucky
University and graduated with a degree in Filmmaking.
Post-graduation, Jacob has become a working
cinematographer based in the Nashville, Tennessee area.
He has begun writing and directing his own projects that
will explore the boundaries of genre within the American
South. Recently, Jacob has began writing his first feature
film and next short that will explore intimate stories
about people against a backdrop of the American South.
Once established, his goal is to bring film opportunities
to other budding southern filmmakers in the future.
©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X
JoeBill Muñoz, 25
Film: Follow the Sun
JoeBill Muñoz is a Mexican-American filmmaker. His
directorial debut, Follow the Sun, chronicles the lives of
migrants making their way across Mexico. It screened in
festivals across the country and was nominated for a
student award by the IDA. He is currently an associate
producer on a feature about global food, water, and land
issues at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the
producer-writer on an independent feature about the
California prison hunger strikes against indefinite solitary
confinement. He has worked for Frontline, the
Investigative Reporting Program, and The Associated
Press.
©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X
Kourtney Jackson, 22
Film: Wash Day
Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based writer and
filmmaker. She won the 2018 Emerging Director’s
Spotlight Award at the Regent Park Film Festival for her
experimental documentary pitch for Wash Day, which
later premiered at TIFF Next Wave and recently screened
at Breakthroughs Film Festival. Ever contemplative of the
cosmos, Kourtney aims to tell unexpected stories
grounded in Afrofuturism, absurdism, and joy. These
days, you can find her in her room shamelessly eating
out of a carton of Chapman’s vanilla ice-cream, as well as
writing a short film about loving friendship, sinister
betrayal, and the poisonous but delicious fruit that is
ackee.

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Introducing the 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows

  • 1. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Meet the 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows
  • 2. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Aurora Brachman, 24 Film: Joychild Aurora Brachman is a documentary filmmaker and MFA student in Documentary Film at Stanford University. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Filmmaking to the pacific island nation of Kiribati where she directed the docuseries, Between the Tides. She is currently working on a documentary about Club Quarantine, a virtual queer dance party where hundreds of people from around the world gather each night during the Covid-19 lockdowns. She primarily makes work about the experiences of various marginalized communities and is committed to collaborative and ethical storytelling.
  • 3. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Giselle Bonilla, 25 Film: Virgencita Giselle Bonilla is a mediocre bartender desperately pursuing a back-up career as a filmmaker. She graduated with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television Production. Her thesis film received the Horizon Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and went on to compete in various festivals across the country. She is currently developing her first feature, and aims to shoot her proof of concept under the guidance of the Ignite Fellowship. Giselle is currently based in Los Angeles.
  • 4. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Jacob Anderson, 25 Film: Bodies Jacob Anderson is a Kentucky based writer, director, and cinematographer. He attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in Filmmaking. Post-graduation, Jacob has become a working cinematographer based in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He has begun writing and directing his own projects that will explore the boundaries of genre within the American South. Recently, Jacob has began writing his first feature film and next short that will explore intimate stories about people against a backdrop of the American South. Once established, his goal is to bring film opportunities to other budding southern filmmakers in the future.
  • 5. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X JoeBill Muñoz, 25 Film: Follow the Sun JoeBill Muñoz is a Mexican-American filmmaker. His directorial debut, Follow the Sun, chronicles the lives of migrants making their way across Mexico. It screened in festivals across the country and was nominated for a student award by the IDA. He is currently an associate producer on a feature about global food, water, and land issues at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the producer-writer on an independent feature about the California prison hunger strikes against indefinite solitary confinement. He has worked for Frontline, the Investigative Reporting Program, and The Associated Press.
  • 6. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Kourtney Jackson, 22 Film: Wash Day Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker. She won the 2018 Emerging Director’s Spotlight Award at the Regent Park Film Festival for her experimental documentary pitch for Wash Day, which later premiered at TIFF Next Wave and recently screened at Breakthroughs Film Festival. Ever contemplative of the cosmos, Kourtney aims to tell unexpected stories grounded in Afrofuturism, absurdism, and joy. These days, you can find her in her room shamelessly eating out of a carton of Chapman’s vanilla ice-cream, as well as writing a short film about loving friendship, sinister betrayal, and the poisonous but delicious fruit that is ackee.
  • 7. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Mariales Diaz, 22 Film: Undone Mariales Diaz is a queer, gender expansive Dominican immigrant raised in Brooklyn. They create documentaries and narratives focused on exploring human relationships, the conceptualization of the “American Dream,” and intersectionalities within identity. Their storytellings center Black and brown trans and gender expansive folxs. Mariales is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory, a Fall 2019 Creative Culture Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and a 2019 NeXtDoc Fellow. They are currently working on a second short film with Creative Culture, exploring the story of two enamored teenage girls seeking revenge on one of their assaulters.
  • 8. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Natalie Chao, 24 Film: To Know Her Natalie A. Chao is a filmmaker and visual artist who completed her B.A degree in Film Production at USC in Los Angeles, with a focus in cinematography. Born, raised and currently based in Hong Kong, she is interested in bridging the gap between realism and poetry in order to tell stories through a more engaged and intentional gaze, one that can map out our memories, not draw lines between camera and subject, identity and politics.
  • 9. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Sasha Argirov, 20 Film: Personals Sasha Argirov is a Canadian writer/director based in Vancouver. His short film, Personals, is soon to begin its festival tour. He is developing his debut feature about an anxious college student that lures his girlfriend as a vessel for his mother's ghost. He likes making films about lonely people in unusual situations.
  • 10. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Sean Wang, 25 Film: Still Here Sean is a filmmaker from Fremont, CA, a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and a Google Creative Lab 5 alum. His work has been viewed millions of times online and has aired on primetime television. Most recently, Sean contributed sequences for the feature film, Summertime, which premiered in the NEXT category at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and his short film, Still Here (還在), was featured by the American Film Institute, Short of the Week, and Vimeo Staff Picks.
  • 11. ©2020 Adobe. All Rights Reserved.X Zen Ojore, 26 Film: The South is My Sister’s Skin Zenzele Ojore is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist from Houston, Texas based in New York City. Her award-winning short films have played at festivals including Sundance (Horizon Award) and SXSW. She received her undergraduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018, and is presently a dean fellow in the graduate film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
  • 12. X