Meet the Crew

Dawn Jones Redstone, Producer, Director, & Writer 
Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latina filmmaker best known as director and co-writer of the acclaimed dramatic short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Dawn has worked in and around the non-profit world for 14 years as an employee, board member and a subcontractor and is ready to mine the wealth of comedy, this sector has to offer! Dawn is the recipient of the MRG Foundation’s 2016 Lilla Jewel Award and was named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce.  She recently received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council along with Kjerstin Johnson to develop a pilot for a potential web series and is currently developing her first feature film script about a Latina carpenter and her reluctant apprentice. She is committed to creating films that help balance the media representation of women and people of color both in front of and behind the camera.

Amy Nieto-Cruz, Producer
Amy Nieto-Cruz is a Puerto Rican artist and all-around jill-of-all-trades based in Portland, OR. She is the owner/designer of Little Bright Studio and co-founder of Broad Space, a women’s creative studio. With every project that comes her way, Amy makes sure to prioritize the voices and experiences of women of color. Now that she has re-entered the film/video industry as producer for Nonprofit Web Series, her goal lies in continuing to highlight the fascinating stories of people of color. After she retires, she would like to pet all the cats in the world.

Aileen Sheedy, Assistant Director 
Aileen Sheedy graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York with a B.S. in both Computer Science and Electronic Media, Arts & Communication. After returning home to Portland, Oregon, Aileen worked as a software quality assurance engineer at Harmonic before deciding to start her film production company, Pencil Ink Productions. She is currently the video producer at a literary non-profit called Late Night Library, and she regularly teaches therapeutic filmmaking workshops for veterans with I Was There, a program of the Patton Veterans Project. When not producing her own projects, Aileen frequently works as an assistant director and script supervisor. Aileen has written and directed short films across various genres, from science-fiction thrillers to raunchy romantic comedies to experimental art installations. In 2015, she created a 40-episode multimedia web series called The Misselthwaite Archives, which is a modern teen adaptation of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The show aired on YouTube and has been nominated for the Oregon Actor Awards, the Portland Indie Short Film Awards, and the Literary-Inspired Webseries Awards. Aileen is currently developing a second web series based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.

Nora Colie, 2nd Assistant Director
Nora Colie recently returned to the narrative world of filmmaking after working the last several years in political documentaries. She spends most her time fretting about global warming but still hasn’t figured out how to stop it. Her favorite snack is Spanish potato chips, olives and German white wine. Sometimes she makes music videos.

Jeanette Li, Assistant Camera
Jeanette is a filmmaker in Portland, OR. She was raised in rural upstate South Carolina and is the daughter of first generation immigrants from Hong Kong. She has several years of experience working in film production and chooses to priortize projects that uplift women, LGBTQ+ folks, and POC. She is particularly excited to be joining the crew of Non-Profit and to be working with a WOC director and creator. When not on set, Jeanette also works as a youth filmmaking instructor. She teaches the POWgirls workshops at the Portland Women’s Film Festival (aka POWfest) helping to educate and empower the next generation of female and non-binary filmmakers. Most recently she also joined the Communications Team at APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) as a part-time staff member.

Jade Harris, Set Designer
Jade Harris is a freelance production and wardrobe designer based in Portland, OR. Jade is well versed in creating intimate worlds for narrative comedies. Recent credits include “The Benefits of Gusbandry” and “Shut Up Anthony!” She is also a member of Portlandia’s Emmy Award winning art department.

 

Molly Pettit, Sound Recordist
Transplanted From: SF, CA. 10-1-08
Pronouns: She/Her
Likes: Bicycles, Backpacking, Berry Picking, Mushroom Hunting, Gleaning, Public Radio, Podcasts, Social Justice, Civil Discourse and Large, Reverberant Spaces. Dislikes: Infomercials, Mealy Apples, Mosquitos, Political Intrigue and Schmutz on my Face. Lives For: Adventures in Unlikely Places, Exhaustive Physical Activity, Overwhelmingly Beautiful Landscapes and Moments of Fleeting Perfection.

Sika Stanton, Grip/Gaffer
Sika Stanton is an African-American filmmaker and photographer based in Portland, OR. Sika has worked in and around the art, photography, and nonprofits worlds for 13 years, as a visual artist and freelance filmmaker. Projects that explore the experience and voices of underrepresented communities interest her the most. Most recently, she co-produced two short documentaries for Oregon Humanities about how land policy in Oregon has impacted African Americans and people of color. She is passionate about the ongoing pursuit of human rights and social justice for people of African descent.

Sarah Collins, Makeup Artist
Sarah is a stylist with 18 years of hair/makeup experience working both in the salon and on set. She cut her teeth working in the Bay Area which provided many styling opportunities within the music, fine art & fashion industries. In addition to her vast styling experience she has modeled regularly for many fine art photographers as well as moonlighting in set design, direction of photography and video production. Sarah has the benefit of knowledge from in front of, behind and to the side of the camera. Sarah is an admitted TV addict but loves being outside in nature more than anything else. She lives and works in Portland, OR with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 boyfriend.

Bonnie Stinson, Production Coordinator
Bonnie Stinson is a queer media strategist, poet, organizer, systems thinker, experience designer, and instigator with an interest in destroying binary thinking. She has lived and worked with nonprofits in Palestine, Toronto, and the Pacific Northwest, and is so excited to support the development of this project! Bonnie believes that stories are the foundation for transforming culture, and that we all have the power, both individually and collectively, to build a new narrative system that centers marginalized voices. She also likes cats and baking pies.

Production Assistants
– Margie Rudick
– Gaby Tirta Jenkins
– Wynee Hu
– Lokyee Au