Go behind the scenes with Woke Vote, a coalition of Black millennials shaking up American politics.
This is the inside story of how a movement founded by a preacher’s daughter from Birmingham who worked in the Obama White House assembled a team and strategy to send a Democrat to the Senate from Alabama for the first time in 25 years—and then helped to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons, the most significant expansion of voting rights since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read more about the film and Woke Vote on Facing South >
Hannah and Lance, co-directors of Field Studio in Richmond, Virginia, produce media at the intersection of history and social justice. Their film “An Outrage” (2017), about the history and legacy of lynching in the American South, premiered at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, toured to 80 venues in 25 states, and is in-distribution with the Southern Poverty Law Center to its network of 500,000 teachers.
Jameka is a creative producer and 2017-18 Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow. At Sundance Film Festival in 2019, she was honored with an A&E IndieFilms and Sundance Institute Brave Storytellers Award. Originally from North Carolina, Jameka now lives in New York. She produced “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” (HBO), “In My Father’s House” (Showtime), line produced Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Sundance '18), and consulted on Jeremiah Zagar's “We the Animals” (Sundance '18) and “Love Gilda” (CNN Films).
Devonne, a.k.a. DJ Harrison, is a Richmond-based producer and multi-instrumentalist. He produces albums through the label he co-founded, Jellowstone Records. Devonne studied jazz at VCU. He plays with several bands, including Butcher Brown, which opened for Kamasi Washington in 2018. His latest album was released by Stones Throw Records.
DeJuana is the founder of Woke Vote and a partner at the consulting firm ThinkRubix. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she has worked as a community activist and political strategist for more than fifteen years. She previously served as the National African American Engagement Director for the Democratic National Committee and as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the Obama administration.
Ify is an activist, artist, attorney, and partner at ThinkRubix. She is the former Deputy Executive Director of New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative and Senior Policy Advocate at the Innocence Project. She also worked on Capitol Hill and is the co-creator of Black and Brown People Vote. Ify teaches at Lehman College in New York City, and she is currently running to be NYC’s next Public Advocate.
Tristan is Managing Partner of ThinkRubix, based in Washington, D.C. As a political organizer and policy professional, he has advised nonprofits, congressional and presidential candidates, and major PACs. He served as a staff person and aide to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and helped to organize the Congressional Caucus on Boys and Men of Color.
Deanna is a Regional Coordinator for Woke Vote, leading get-out-the-vote efforts in Alabama in 2017 and Florida in 2018. A lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama, she previously worked as the marketing and promotions director for two radio stations there and as an event manager and program coordinator. Deanna ran for Birmingham City Council in 2017.
David is a Campaigns Associate with Woke Vote, leading efforts in his home state of North Carolina. He previously worked for the North Carolina Democratic Party and led field operations for a mayoral campaign in Durham. David is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, where he majored in Political Science, History, and Africana Studies.