Investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback has a successful history of illuminating the intersection of technology and civil liberties. His digital privacy expose, Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), was a New York Times Critic’s Pick that has been seen by 10s of millions. In 2018, Hoback released What Lies Upstream, an intricate expose on why the system to protect drinking water is broken. The film aired as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series and currently has a 100% rating on Rottentomatoes. Hoback is a Film Independent Fellow and alumni of the AFI Impact Lab. He has written op-eds for many journals including The Guardian, presented at The American Bar Association, and has appeared as an expert on networks and shows including MSNBC, CNN, NPR, Huffington Post, Stossel, Glenn Beck and Meet the Press.
Originally from New York City, John attended Princeton University and traded options on the floor of the American Stock Exchange before succumbing to his liberal roots and moving to California to become a film producer. His last two films, Terms And Conditions May Apply and What Lies Upstream, are social-issue documentaries that have enriched his spirit, if not his wallet. Currently, he's attached to produce two narrative features: Wannabe, a film about a nerdy Jewish boy and brash Caribbean-American girl coming together during NYC's 1991 Crown Heights Riots, and The Pilot, a biopic of Gene Roddenberry during the time he created Star Trek.
Annie Powers is a Primetime Emmy-nominated writer and producer of documentary and scripted TV and film. After a season developing stories for Drunk History, she abandoned her History PhD program to enter the movie biz. Since then, Powers has specialized in stories at the intersection of culture, history, and politics. She has worked on and developed documentary series for Amazon, CNN, Comedy Central, NBC, Fox, BBC America, the History Channel, and more. Most recently, she scripted a semi-fictional pilot shot for Comedy Central, and wrote and produced a narrative short that critiques our cultural obsession with true crime.