Shop Talk: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman with Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters
Filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones (AFF ’02-03) and Nomi Talisman’s most recent collaboration, Last Day of Freedom, is an animated film–and 2016 Oscar nominee!— that personalizes the death penalty through one family’s story, and explores the nexus of the criminal justice system and systemic social issues of racism, mental health access, and veterans’ care. Together with renowned independent radio producer Davia Nelson of NPR’s Kitchen Sisters (with Nikki Silva), Hibbert-Jones and Talisman lead an open discussion on the power of the documentary form across media, and how it can be used to incite understanding, empathy, and change.
About Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
First time filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman have been working together since 2004 on collaborative art, film, and interactive projects that look at the ways power structures and politics impact everyday lives. Their film, Last Day of Freedom, is a 2016 Oscar Nominee in the category of Documentary Short, and won the International Documentary Association award for Best Short in 2015, among other accolades. Hibbert-Jones is originally from the UK and is an Associate Professor of Art & Digital Art New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Talisman was born in Israel and is a freelance editor and animator. Together, Hibbert-Jones and Talisman have been awarded grants from, among others, the Creative Work Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the European Cultural Council, and California Humanities. They have had fellowships at MacDowell Artists’ Colony, Bay Area Video Coalition’s Media Maker Fellowship, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They are currently 2016 Fellows at the Doc Lab Institute at Duke University.
About The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters are Peabody Award-Winning public radio producers of stories about the lives, histories, art, and ritual of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. Their projects include Hidden Kitchens and Lost & Found Sound, which respectively explore communities through food cultures and audio artifacts. The Kitchen Sisters began their radio lives producing a weekly live radio program in the late 70’s on KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, California. Now, as independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast. In addition to producing radio, Davia Nelson is also a screenwriter and casting director. She lives in San Francisco.