Our Team. Collaboration. Inclusion. Experience. Passion.
Creator. Ayana Baraka was a Cinematographer on The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance 2015 and was short listed for the 2016 Oscar for Best Feature Documentary. She was named a person on the rise in Hollywood by Producer Mel Jones in an October 2015 Amsterdam News article. She is a winner of the 2016 award for Best Cinematography at the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival.
Baraka is currently shooting a virtual reality experience for the MxR Studio called M5 that will debut in 2017. She is also working on a feature documentary called United Skates and a BET International documentary series on the Tony Award nominated Broadway production of Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong'o. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts film program and holds an MFA in Film and Television Production.
VANGELIS LYMPOURIDIS, PhD
Virtual Reality Consultant. Vangelis Lympouridis is the founder of Enosis VR, the company behind Google’s Bohemian Rhapsody Experience, released September 2016. ENOSIS produces innovative fully immersive musical experiences in collaboration with leading industry partners such as Google and Dolby Laboratories that aim to expand the way people experience music using truly surround sound techniques, interactivity and full immersion.
Lympouridis was the head of research and production in Virtual Reality and Whole Body Interaction at Mark Bolas’ famous MxR Studio. Additionally, Lympouridis has been Producer on many VR projects including Nonny de la Pena's immersive journalism pieces Project Syria: An Immersive Experience that was commissioned and premiered at the World Economic Forum in Davos and exhibited at the Sundance Film festival and the Victoria and Albert museum in London; “Use of Force” that was funded by Tribeca and AP Google and premiered at Tribeca film festival and IndieCade where it received the social impact award; and “F1” a cinematic VR immersive experience that was premiered at the F1 GP in Singapore. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, with his research fully funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK.
Writer. Velissa Robinson is a Writer/Director who resides in Atlanta, GA. She is currently working on a feature documentary called Bad Hair which will debut in 2017. Previously, Robinson worked as the Documentary Film Coordinator for Sundance Institute. In that role, she funded, mentored, and discovered hundreds of award winning documentary films and filmmakers.
Robinson is the founder of DIY Doc Filmmaking. She, along with DP, Ayana Baraka and Producer, Quan Lateef-Hill, work in conjunction with organizations like Sundance Institute to mentor documentary filmmakers.
Additionally, Robinson is a Film Professor at Atlanta Metropolitan College. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts film program and holds an MFA in Film and Television Production.
Producer. Kenya Nunley is a filmmaker and philanthropist whose goal is to embrace the true authenticity of the human experience though Producing socially conscious films.
While pursuing her MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts she created documentaries, fiction films and television shows. She has worked on projects such as beautiFULL-FIGURED, Shangri-Lost, Fruit of the Spirit, The Teacher's Lounge, and The Comeback Kid. Nunley contributed to the reemergence of the African American Cinema Society at USC by serving as the Treasurer and Vice-President.
With roots in Tulsa, Okalhoma where Nunley lived for seven years, she has always wanted to share the history of American’s Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. This is her first collaboration with Ayana Baraka.
Impact Producer. Michelle Zei manages marketing, distribution, and impact for independent films. She is also a writer and has contributed to publications including PAPER Magazine, Arts & Understanding, WHYY NewsWorks, GlobalGrind and Youngist.org. Films that she has worked with include (T)ERROR (directed by Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe), Tab Hunter Confidential (directer by Jeffrey Schwarz), and Song from the Forest (directed by Michael Obert).
Zei is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Her roots are in non-profit and community media where she worked on a variety of social justice issues with grassroots organizations, youth initiatives, and unions. She brings knowledge of non-profits and advocacy to the table to develop ways for media projects/ films to propel social issues into public discourse. Also, she chooses projects in which creators desire to engage youth and reach audiences in non-traditional ways that make the arts more accessible. She is passionate about bringing entertainment and advocacy together to maximize social impact.