Chief of Staff
Regina Clemente is a veteran political organizer, who is now focusing her efforts on creating change through documentary films with attached organizing campaigns. She is currently the Chief of Staff of Shella Films and #MEAction. Prior to this role, she served in leadership roles at Brave New Films, Freedom to Marry, Blue State Digital, the L.A. LGBT Center, and Planned Parenthood. She lives in Los Angeles with her Tortiemese, Luna, loves mid-century design and beautiful plants, and is an avid amateur photographer.
GLOBAL impact Director
Laurie Jones is an impact producer and creative. She is thrilled to be the Impact Director for Unrest at Shella Films! Prior to this, she served as the Programs Director at Brave New Films, a social justice documentary film company featuring both feature length and short content. She also worked on the Why Poverty? film campaign and co-organized the York Human Rights Film Festival. As a creative, she is an ensemble member of Wishbone Theatre Collective, and a member of Impro Lab and Ripley Improv. She has a BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts from Clemson University and an MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York.
With expertise bridging the worlds of creative media and non-profits, Jessica has deep experience of working with film impact strategy, most recently working with the Malala Fund on the campaign supporting He Named Me Malala about the Pakistani education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai. She also oversees BRITDOC's new social impact fund, the Flex Fund, working with the Skoll Foundation and the Ford Foundation to identify and support the most innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs. With an extensive background as a documentary and factual television producer, working on BRITDOC’s impact evaluation of The End of the Line inspired a broadening of focus; After three years consulting on high profile projects for prominent non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cancer Research UK (as part of the core team that brought Stand Up to Cancer to the UK), she integrated her expertise to become an Impact Producer.
US impact CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Erica Ales brings years of experience in the documentary and social impact spaces. She has contributed to impact campaign strategy, implementation and evaluation for a number of documentary films, with topics including LGBTQ rights, girls' global eduction, the US criminal justice and foster care systems, and healing from sexual abuse. Most recently, she worked with Malala Fund to help build and execute the #withMalala global film campaign around the feature documentary, He Named Me Malala. Prior to impact campaign work, Erica helped produce capacity-building short films for local nonprofits in the Washington, DC area. Erica has a passion for using film and innovative media to drive significant and lasting social change.
UK impact Producer
Lucy’s passion for film began as a crew member on two Channel Four feature films for the Children’s Film Unit. During school and university holidays she worked as a runner for various production companies. After graduating with a film degree, Lucy’s freelance roles ranged from stand in actor to costume assistant to production assistant on the feature remake of Alfie. She also cast extras for films including The Da Vinci Code.
After two subsequent years working in the BBC Children’s Press Office and International Licensing team, Lucy engaged her interest in charity work, travelling to Tanzania where she set up and raised funding for a charitable project called Mojakwamoja. This ran for six years, allowing children from Moshi town and a local orphanage to enjoy dance workshops and educational film screenings.
Lucy then worked in advertising at JWT and The Red Brick Road before assuming her role at ITV. Lucy co-developed the channel’s flagship fundraising appeal, Text Santa, for four years, managing all charities involved with it. She liaised with editorial teams, assisted in production of appeal films shown across all ITV channels, and helped the initiative raise over £32 million for 26 UK and International charities. Lucy is now a freelance producer working with comedy acts and on charity films and documentaries. She is very much looking forward to making a difference on Unrest.
Anna J. Ljungmark
Anna J. Ljungmark is a pioneer within new media in Scandinavia, and co-founder of House of Real, which focuses on innovative factual storytelling, outreach, and impact. Previously, she founded groundbreaking creative arenas BoostHbg and SWIM, Scandinavian World of Innovative Media. Anna has been a part of the film industry since 1994. She has worked in production, served as a commissioning editor, and has a heart in creative development. A passionate navigator of tailor-made processes, Anna doesn’t trust formulas, instead relying on intuition and the structured analysis of needs, upon which she playfully builds.
Anne troldtoft hjorth
Anne Troldtoft Hjorth began working in film production after receiving a grant from the Danida Grant Committee, founded by the Danish Foreign Ministry. She has been involved in Unrest as co-producer since February 2014, focusing on the film's production in Denmark, but also working on production in the UK and US.
Anne holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and has several years of experience in TV, radio production, and broadcasting, with primary experience from The Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She also has a Master's Degree in Middle East Studies, and has lived and worked in the Middle East for several years. As sub-editor at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), she was based in Amman, Jordan, and most recently she was based in Ramallah, West Bank, while working for a Danish NGO. Documentary production continues to bring her back to the region.
Mary Macrae is a Producer at Shark Island Productions, a documentary film production company based in Sydney. She is a Director of the Shark Island Institute and Producer of Good Pitch² Australia. Mary works across the outreach and impact campaigns for a number of Shark Island Productions films, and is currently working with the rollout of The Hunting Ground Australia Project. This role involves working closely with a range of coalition partners including the Australian Human Rights Commission, Universities Australia, the National Union of Students, and the Australian Human Rights Centre.