My favorite part of Southern Exposure was meeting so many amazing people. I had a lot of fun making my film and traveling to some of the many beautiful areas of Alabama. I love what Southern Exposure represents and was honored to be a part of it!
—Mindy Keeley, 2014 Fellow
Having the chance to explore Alabama's natural landscapes, the mentorship and peer-critique process within a diverse group of filmmakers, and the networking opportunities the process brought with it gave me such a positive experience with a group of peers whose friendship and work I truly value.
—Rhonda Chan Soo, 2013 Fellow
Southern Exposure was an amazing experience – learning about the pressures on the environment, being embraced by Alabama's community of environmental advocates, soaking in beautiful natural treasures, spending a summer with a talented group of filmmakers – I couldn't recommend it more.
—Emily Fraser, 2013 Fellow
They made it really easy for us to fall in love with Alabama, especially as first timers. I think they also made it really easy for us to become concerned about this beautiful place because they opened our eyes to a very diverse range of pressing environmental needs here.
—Liza Slutskaya, 2016 Fellow and 2018-19 Program Coordinator
My experience in Alabama in 2014 had a profound impact on me as a filmmaker, but more importantly I linked up with a great posse of friends and collaborators.
—Chris Jones, 2014 Fellow
Through the personalized mentorship and support provided throughout the fellowship, I truly grew as a filmmaker, producer and storyteller, and was able to explore the beauty of Alabama. The fellowship definitely provided the steppingstones to my current career path as a video producer.
—Kaitlin McMurry, 2018 Fellow
Run by an amazing group of experienced filmmakers & passionate advocates, it's impossible to leave this program without an impressive film for your portfolio and meaningful connections to those fighting for important issues across Alabama. I wish I could be a part of this fellowship every summer!
—Celine Francois, 2021 Fellow
I truly believe that Southern Exposure is a MUST for young, southern documentary filmmakers with interests in the realm of Social and Environmental Justice. Not often do you get an opportunity like this in the South, especially one of such value and importance.
—Jeb Brackner, 2019 Fellow
This opportunity allowed me to grow as a professional in the world of environmental filmmaking & gave me skills + insights on how I can use film & media to be a powerful advocate of the natural world. I gained a better appreciation for the culture, people & nature of the beautiful state of Alabama!
—David Diaz, 2018 Fellow
Kristine Stolakis is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker dedicated to creative, complex, and character-driven storytelling. Her films have played at festivals internationally, including Hot Docs International Film Festival, Frameline, and Anthology Film Archives. Her work has also been featured in news outlets including Mother Jones, Buzzfeed, and NPR affiliate KALW in San Francisco. Kristine holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. Kristine proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina.
Zoe Gieringer is a Portland-based filmmaker with an interest in documentaries that raise awareness of social and environmental issues. Her short documentary on gentrification in Berlin, “Make It Trendy,” premiered at the Rheinische Landes Museum in Bonn and was later shown at the OpenEyes Film Festival in Marburg. Zoe received a BA in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in 2014.
Emily Fraser graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2007 with a dual degree in Environmental Policy and Art/Architecture, and holds an MFA from Stanford University’s Documentary Film program. Before transitioning into filmmaking, Emily worked in the Washington, DC area in both the nonprofit and private sectors, focusing on projects in conservation, resource management and alternative energy. She attended the George Washington University Institute for Documentary Filmmaking in 2010, and has since served as the lead videographer for Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico and as a submission screener for AFI Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival.
Katherine Gorringe is a documentary producer, director, editor, and sound recordist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the current Program Director for the Southern Exposure film fellowship. Katherine has worked on nonfiction productions for The History Channel, independent filmmaker Laurie Collyer, and her films have been featured on the Smithsonian Magazine website, at SXSW, LunaFest, Dam Shorts Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival, and the Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz, France, among others. Katherine holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.
Lacey Kennedy graduated from the University Honors Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a degree in Molecular Biology and minors in Media Studies, Spanish, and Chemistry. An activist at heart, she is heavily involved in the immigrant rights movement in her home state of Alabama and is interested in using film to illuminate environmental justice issues.