Visiting Fellows

Each summer the Storytellers’ Institute hosts practicing documentary artists as the visiting Fellows. For the 2018 Institute, we’d like to welcome Javier Barboza, Assia Boundaoui, Jeremy Dennis, Jacqueline Olive, and Sylvia Ryerson.

JAVIER BARBOZA

Javier Barboza is an award-winning filmmaker, Creative Director, Animator, Educator, and Founder of Kaleidoscope Media. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Javier’s practice is strongly influenced by the immigration stories he grew up around. His work tackles issues of identity and migration in a way that is visually immersive and engaging utilizing surreal imagery and a narrative structure…

ASSIA BOUNDAOUI

Assia Boundaoui is an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has reported for the BBC, NPR, AlJazeera, VICE, CNN and was the recipient of a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her directorial debut, The Feeling of Being Watched, is an official selection of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival…

JEREMY DENNIS

Jeremy Dennis is a photographer based out of Southampton, New York. His work captures the themes of indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition, challenging historic narratives and tracing back through the past to analyze the issues that Native American communities face today. Imagery of indigenous mythology inspires his work, striving to capture and preserve indigenous identity and the importance of spiritual recognition…

JACQUELINE OLIVE

Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and transmedia producer with artist grants from Sundance, Independent Television Service, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, and more. She received her master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute, and is currently in production on the documentary feature film Always in Season

SYLVIA RYERSON

Sylvia Ryerson is a radio producer, sound artist and journalist whose work probes the overlapping crises of mass incarceration, rural poverty, and environmental destruction. Much of her work strives to give voice to and change public perceptions of the people incarcerated behind prison walls. Sylvia’s work has been featured on the BBC Radio 4, NPR, The Marshall Project, Transom.org, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival…