Julia Meltzer is a filmmaker and the founder and director of Clockshop, an arts organization that commissions and produces projects. Julia recently directed Dalya’s Other Country , a timely documentary that follows the real life challenges of one displaced Syrian teenager and her family. Julia has spoken at numerous universities including Harvard, NYU and UC Berkeley about Syria, women and Islam, and documentary filmmaking. She previously directed The Light In Her Eyes, a film about a Qur’an school for women and girls in Damascus, Syria. The Light In Her Eyes premiered at IDFA in 2011, was broadcast on the POV series on PBS in 2012, and screened around the world as a part of the Sundance Film Forward program. Meltzer lived in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2007 as a Senior Fulbright Fellow teaching journalism and filmmaking at the University of Damascus. She returned every year to work and film until 2010, producing 3 short films. Her film and video work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Meltzer is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Mustafa Zeno is a filmmaker and photographer who grew up in Aleppo, Syria and now lives in his birthplace, Los Angeles. He is particularly interested in fringes and hyphens in identity, culture and religion. Mustafa’s GOOD TALK focuses on immigration, assimilation, identity, culture, religion and the Arab American experience. Mustafa recently co-produced Dalya’s Other Country, a timely documentary about his family that follows the real life challenges of his sister Dalya, a displaced Syrian teenager, and their family. Most recently Mustafa was a producer on the interactive documentary KTOWN’92 that explores the 1992 Los Angeles riots through the stories of greater Koreatown, directed by Grace Lee. Mustafa teaches Levantine Arabic and film at an Orthodox Jewish high school and is a ‘NewGround Muslim- Jewish Fellowship’ alum. Mustafa was formerly director of the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles.