About the team

Maxwell Addae (Director) With a love of cinema’s more idiosyncratic directing auteurs, Maxwell Addae has strived to express himself as purely as possible. Most notable merging the vulnerably personal with genre flourishes. Following a small stint touring as a performance artist, which changed how he envisioned movement within film, he is now eager to utilize all of the new tools he’s acquired over the years. His American Film Institute thesis short and most personal work to date is called Outdooring which has screened at over 20 international festivals. Most notably the 2019 South by Southwest, Blackstar, Outfest, shortlisted for the Iris Prize, Revolt TV, and screened in the 2020 Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival.

Erikx DiSantis (Producer) is a creative producer and director who works through multiple mediums from film to live interactive events. DiSantis got their start in New York’s queer nightlife scene, informing their love for stories that explore ephemeral moments of connection. This led them to work with directors including Luc Besson, Mike Birbiglia, and Terrence Malick. Most recently, they have produced music videos for artists including Bebe Rexha, Cautious Clay, and OneRepublic and was a semi-finalist in the 2021 Sundance Creative Producing lab with the feature film neem-rooni. As a transgender and non-binary person, DiSantis is passionate about creating work that centers historically silenced voices. Their work has been featured in Forbes, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Vogue.

Patrisse Cullors (Producer) is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. The co-founder of Black Lives Matter, founder of Dignity and Power Now, and founder/chair of Reform L.A. Jails, Cullors grew up in the San Fernando Valley witnessing firsthand the brutality of incarceration and over-policing in her community. While several of her loved ones were taken by the state, Cullors began to push for law enforcement accountability and build spaces for healing and resilience through her artistic practice. Her contribution to shifting the culture narrative can be seen in her work as an executive producer of two podcasts with Rewire, the Damon + Damon podcast, and Blackpills’ “RESIST” docu-series. Patrisse Cullors is a former staff writer at Freeform’s Good Trouble series as well as an actress on the show.

Canon is a Cinereach grantee.

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