TEAM

Luisa Conlon (Director) is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. She recently completed her master's in journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, NPR, StoryCorps, the San Francisco Chronicle.

Her short documentary Leaving Iraq for a Life in America (co-directed with Hanna Miller and Lacy Jane Roberts) was featured in THE ATLANTIC SELECTS, a curated series for The Atlantic Magazine. Luisa’s work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Filmmaker Fund and Canon. She is a recipient of the Jerry Jensen Overall Graduate Scholarship Award from the NATAS NorCal Branch, the 2016 Robert Whittington Award for Exceptional Reporting from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Lacy Jane Roberts (Director) got her first taste of storytelling back in 2009 when she started a short-lived podcast called the Ladies Village Improvement Society. She spends most of her time as an audio producer, and she's currently developing new podcasts for Al Jazeera’s new audio network. She has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and her work has been seen and heard on PBS Newshour, The Atlantic, Here and Now, and NPR affiliates around the country. You can also catch her teaching podcasting classes, stewing things, and wandering the landscapes of her home state Montana.

Hanna Miller (Director) is a journalist and documentary filmmaker from Mississippi. Her interests are rural America, the immigrant experience, and what it means to have a home. After a Fulbright year in Russia, Hanna had a stint in TV Production at Mississippi Public Broadcasting that led her to earn a master's degree at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her pieces can be seen in The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and The Independent U.K. Currently, Hanna is working on two short documentaries: one about a Syrian refugee boy in Canada, and another about an anti-immigration, pro-Trump Latina business owner in Magnolia, Mississippi.

Kaija Siirala (Editor) Kaija works in documentary media as a picture editor, sound designer and educator.  Films she has worked on have screened at the National Gallery of Canada, True/False Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, DOC NYC and AFI fest.  In 2015, Hansu Solo, a documentary short she created with collaborator Emily Collins, was awarded a student grant from the National Board of Review.  A keen collaborator, she has explored live video mixing in a number of performance contexts including dance, theatre, and music.  In 2015, she was awarded a Canada Council Inter-Arts grant to travel to the Faroe Islands as part of the fluid states: performance of unknowing conference to present the project queer slowdance with radical thought: water edition alongside collaborators Alvis Parsley and Heather Hermant. She was a member-in-residence of the Meerkat Media Collective in Brooklyn, NY from 2016-2018.  In May 2018, she completed my MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY) and is now based in Hamilton, ON.


Sawsan Morrar (Associate Producer) is a multimedia journalist at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of UC Davis, where she received a BA in International Relations and minors in Communication and Middle East South Asia Studies. She was an associate producer at Capital Public Radio, Sacramento’s NPR affiliate news station. Sawsan currently freelances for various publications in California and reports on issues ranging from the Bay Area's gentrification to legislative hearings at the state capitol. Sawsan is a White House Correspondents’ Association Scholar, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, and an Ambassador Christopher Stevens Scholar.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

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