More than a quarter of women in this country have had a loved one incarcerated. For Black women like Kristal, the odds are even higher. To love someone who's locked up isn't a marginal experience – it's an American one. For six years, we have collaborated with Kristal and her family to make a film about their experience, through the female lens. Braiding Kristal's photos, videos and voice with our verite footage, we strove to go beyond a story about prison to tell one of family, love and how women care for themselves while caring for others.
Zara Katz (Director/Producer)
Zara Katz is a filmmaker and photo producer for editorial, documentary and branded content, specializing in crafting character-driven visual stories. Katz is currently Photography Director at NBC News.com, and has worked with outlets including The New York Times Lens blog, Time magazine, Medium, The Guardian U.S., Pop-Up Magazine and Lifetime/A+E Networks. She was the Senior Photography Producer on a Getty Images/Dove campaign photographed by more than 100 women and non-binary photographers, which won the Silver Glass Lion at Cannes in 2019.
Lisa Riordan Seville (Director/Producer)
Lisa Riordan Seville is an award-winning reporter and independent filmmaker whose stories explore how money, power and policy shapes the lives of everyday people. Her investigative and enterprise work has appeared across NBC News platforms, on BuzzFeed News, The Guardian U.S., Lifetime/A+E Networks and WNYC Radio. It has been recognized with a Peabody, a Hillman Award and a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Her most recent piece was a cover story for New York Magazine about the deaths of 15 men in New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex
In 2014, Zara and Lisa created Everyday Incarceration, an Instagram feed featuring visual stories of 40 years of mass incarceration. Their work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photoville and FOTODOKS, and was featured on the New York Times' Instagram feed. A Woman on the Outside is their first feature documentary.
Kiara C. Jones (Producer/Writer)
Kiara C Jones is an award-winning producer, director, writer and the proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC, a New York-based production company that champions diverse storytelling and focuses on creating sustainable financial models for independent filmmakers. Kiara's filmmaking has been widely celebrated including with an Independent Spirit Award nomination for producing Anja Marquardt's She's Lost Control and the Grand Jury Award from The Directors Guild of America for her debut feature Christmas Wedding Baby. Kiara produced the Sundance premiere Premature, directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green and has been an IFP/Blackhouse Producing Fellow, a Trans Atlantic Partners International Co-Production Symposium Fellow, a 2019 BRIO Award Winner and an inaugural fellow of the WGA-E Inclusive Screenwriters Workshop mentored by Scott Frank.
Suzannah Herbert (Editor)
Suzannah Herbert is a documentary director and editor raised in Memphis, TN. She directed and produced WRESTLE, an intimate, verite documentary following the lives of four Alabama high school wrestlers fighting for so much more than the state championship. Named one of the top five documentaries of 2019 by the National Board of Review, lauded as “superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and hailed a New York Times Critics’ Pick, WRESTLE was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories and premiered nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens. Herbert frequently edits various Bob Dylan film projects, and has edited musical short documentary content for Tony Bennett and Paul Simon. She also worked as an assistant editor on Michael Moore's Oscar-shortlisted WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, FAHRENHEIT 11/9, and Martin Scorsese’s ROLLING THUNDER REVUE, a Netflix Original released in 2019.