About the team

Brett Story (Director, Producer) is a geographer and non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her films have screened at True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig, among other festivals. Her second feature-length film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and was a nominee for Best Canadian Feature Documentary at the Canadian Academy Screen Awards. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and her book, The Prison Out of Place, is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of California Press. Brett was a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow and is currently a visiting Fellow at New York University.

Danielle Varga (Producer) is a creative producer in nonfiction and documentary film. She co-produced Kirsten Johnson’s award-winning film Cameraperson, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, and recently produced the short documentary Watched, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. She was associate producer on Johanna Hamilton’s documentary 1971, archival producer on Matt Wolf’s Teenage, and has worked on a number of documentaries for PBS television. Danielle was a 2016-2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow.

The Hottest August is a Cinereach grantee.

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