JULIA HASLETT          Director/Producer/Editor

JULIA HASLETT is a British-American filmmaker who makes expressionistic documentaries about contemporary and historical subjects. Her films have played around the world at festivals, theatres, universities, and on television. Her most recent film, An Encounter with Simone Weil, premiered at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), won the Special Founders Prize at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, and was a New York Magazine Critic's Pick in 2012. She is producer/director of the highly acclaimed Worlds Apart series about cross-cultural medicine, and producer of the companion documentary Hold Your Breath (PBS 2007). Julia has received fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, IFP Documentary Lab, and VCCA. Her her work has been supported by the Vital Projects Fund, Florence Gould Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation, among many others. For four years, she was a Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and is currently an assistant professor of media production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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MENGQI JIANG           Co-Producer

MENGQI JIANG is a visual storyteller from Sichuan province, who splits her time between China and the US. She has made two short documentaries on Chinese immigrants to the US, exploring  their struggles and the cultural shock they experienced. As America's immigration policy changes, she plans to document how that will affect prospective immigrants from China. She joined the Pushed up the Mountain team in 2015, and brings to the film a keen cinematic eye, a deep knowledge of Chinese culture, and a capacity to navigate between and across nations and nationalities. Mengqi earned her B.A. in English at the Beijing Language and Culture University, and her M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


SHANNON KENNEDY is a documentary editor and consultant whose credits include Esther Robinson’s A Walk into the Sea, which won a Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern’s The Trials of Daryl Hunt, which won a DuPont Award. Along with director Kimberly Reed, Kennedy edited Prodigal Sons, which has won numerous awards. Other credits include VLAST (POWER), The Canal Street Madam, and Words of Witness, and co-editor of La Camioneta, which received an IDA award. Kennedy was an additional editor on Natalia Almada's El General, which won the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and a consulting editor on Almada's film El Velador, which premiered at Cannes. Her most recent film is 3 Days 2 Night, which premiered at Full Frame in 2019.