Ankur Singh + Cai Thomas
Ankur Singh is a 25-year-old documentary filmmaker based in Chicago currently working as a digital communications specialist for a labor union as well as running a community newspaper. His work has focused largely on education and immigration stories. He made a feature-length documentary called LISTEN about education from students' perspectives when he was 18 that screened nationwide and was featured in The Washington Post. Since then he has worked as a videographer for several non-profit organizations. A former Kartemquin Films intern, he was also a 2016 Young People For Fellow and a 2018 NeXt Doc Fellow. He hopes to create films rooted in and with long-standing communities.
Cai Thomas is a Chicago based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer from Liberty City that tells stories at the intersection of identity, self-determination, and location. She intentionally documents Black youth and elders. Cai is a NeXt Doc, Sundance Ignite, Sisters in Cinema and Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Documentary Fellow and was a Berlin Capital Fulbright awardee in 2017 as well as a Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Finalist in 2019. She's an Emmy award-winning producer from her tenure at CBS Sunday Morning.