Dee Hibbert Jones & Nomi Talisman

Academy Award nominated, Emmy award winning filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman co-direct/co-produce animated documentary films on issues of criminal justice and civic responsibility. They are currently working on Run with It, an animated documentary feature told through the eyes of De’Jaun Correia, a young black man on the Dean’s List at Morehouse College, guided by the memory of his uncle Troy Davis who mentored him from death row. Their film and new media installations have screened and exhibited internationally. In 2016 they were nominated for an Academy Award for their animated short documentary Last Day of Freedom. The film won the IDA’s Best Short Documentary Award and eleven international festival awards. In 2016 they were awarded a United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award for outstanding national and community commitment to civil rights and social justice; and a Gideon Award for Support to Indigent Defense by the California Public Defenders Association. Hibbert-Jones and Talisman are Guggenheim Fellows (2016) National Endowment for the Arts awardees (2017) and MacDowell Fellows (2011). Hibbert-Jones is a Professor of Art, Film & New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Talisman works as freelance film and media specialist. Her professional work with legal mitigation specialists enabled the couple to build relationships of trust with the prisoners and families whose stories are at the heart of their animated documentary films.