Holler Back - [not] Voting in an American Town is the documentary debut of Shugah Works. The film won Best Documentary at the Sunscreen Film Festival and aired on Link TV. It screened at film festivals across the country including the Women’s International Film Festival, The Philadelphia Film Festival, Ohio’s “We The People” Fest, The Trenton Film Festival and The Seattle True Independent Film Festival. We created a nation-wide event to motivate youth turnout by screening at colleges from Harvard to Alaska.
Director/Executive Producer: Lulu Friesdat is an Emmy award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her work focuses on election integrity and participation in U.S. elections. Her ongoing investigation into the congressional primary race between Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova has been featured in Politico and the Christian Science Monitor. Her investigation into the discrepancies in Racine County Wisconsin during the 2016 presidential recount led to the decertification of the voting machines in use there. Recent articles include coverage of the Georgia 6th congressional district special election, the DEF CON voting machine hacking convention, and a ballot initiative to restore voting rights to ex-felons in Florida. Her television news assignments include producing election coverage for MSNBC and editing with the CBS Evening News and Good Morning America. She was on the editing team of Gideon’s Army, an Emmy-nominated documentary that follows the personal stories of public defenders in the Deep South. Gideon's Army received the U.S. Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Ridenhour Prize, fostering the spirit of courage and truth. Holler Back: [not] Voting in an American Town received a Best Documentary award from the Sunscreen Film Festival. Lulu also shot and edited the film. Follow her on Twitter @LuluFriesdat.
Consulting Producer: Maia Harris has produced and written numerous documentaries. Banished, directed by Marco Williams, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. It won the Spectrum Award at the Full Frame Film Festival - and the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival (PBS). Other credits include The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (PBS), Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (AMC), Storyville: The Naked Dance (PBS), about New Orleans’ turn-of-the-century red-light district; Desire an exploration of teenage motherhood through video diaries, and Listening to Children: A Moral Journey with Robert Coles (PBS). She began her career as a researcher on the civil rights television history, Eyes on the Prize II. Harris co-founded the New Orleans Charter Middle School, and consulted for arts organizations in New Orleans developing educational programs. She is the recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize, a Louisiana Division of the Arts fellowship, two Emmy awards and two Emmy nominations.
Associate Producer: Claire Missanelli co-Produced Power Trip which won 2 jury awards at the prestigious Berlin film festival and was screened in 60 countries, including the United States. It was broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and garnered 8 other film festival awards including best documentary feature at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto. Other films include SlamNation, a documentary that illuminates the vibrant slam poetry movement. Claire passed away from breast cancer on March 31, 2011. She is dearly missed by her friends in the film community.
Editorial Consultant: Margo Freistadt is a writer and editor. She served as copy editor for 18 years at the San Francisco Chronicle and has worked for numerous other publications including The San Francisco Examiner and the Christian Science Monitor. She is currently an editorial consultant with the San Francisco Exploratorium a museum of science, art and human perception.
Editorial Consultant: Lynn Ludlow is a writer and editor. He retired from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003 after serving 40 years both there and at the San Francisco Examiner. His assignments there included the Insight section, investigative reporting, editorial writer/op-ed editor, beat reporter and citydesk editor. He lectured and taught at San Francisco State University for 20 years, and had an additional teaching appointment at Columbia University's Summer Program for Minorities in Journalism. Former director, International Society for General Semantics, and contributor to its journal. Former member, Construction Laborers and Hodcarriers Union Local 371. Ask him to tell you about the time he interviewed the Beatles.
Editorial Consultant: Lisa Orlando is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist and feature film producer/editor. She has worked with some of the top broadcast journalists in the nation at CBS NEWS/60 MINUTES, CNN, NBC, and CNBC. A former dancer, she taught at Emerson College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. All-American Boy, an independent feature that she edited and co-produced for screenwriting guru John Truby, won the Gold Special Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival.