The Filmmakers

Julie Sokolow - Director

Julie Sokolow is the award-winning director of Woman on Fire, which aired on Starz in 2017. The film is about Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York. She also directed Aspie Seeks Love, which won Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2015. She is the creator of the Healthy Artists web series (2012-4), about the challenges of artists without health care access. Her films have been featured by the New York Times, Vimeo Staff Picks, IndieWire, VICE, Salon, Village Voice and Huffington Post.

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Olivia Vaughn - Producer

Olivia Vaughn is the producer of Fursonas, which premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival and won the Spirit of Slamdance Award. The documentary offers a humanistic exploration of the Furry Fandom. Olivia also produced the short documentaries Voices (2017) and The John Show (2017), both of which premiered online as Vimeo Staff Picks. She is currently co-producing the documentary feature Blood Memory, which was awarded a grant from Vision Maker Media. She works at the Sundance award-winning production company Animal.

Danny Yourd - Producer

Danny Yourd is the award-winning producer of Blood Brother (2013), which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The film is about a young American who devotes his life to caring for HIV-positive children residing in an orphanage in India. He also produced the 2015 documentary Almost Holy, about a vigilante pastor who rehabilitates Ukraine’s drug-addicted youth. Almost Holy premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and received a 2016 theatrical release. Danny’s work has been featured on Netflix, PBS Independent Lens and National Geographic, among others.

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Animal - Production Company

Animal is a team of passionate content creators, always searching for new ideas and fresh perspectives. They believe in building strong, creative partnerships with agencies and brands who trust and count on them to offer unique solutions. Their range of talents encompass entire shoots through post-production solutions. They strive to help craft the story, mindful of clients’ goals to engage and inspire audiences.

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