The United States of America v. Billie Holiday

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: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Pre-Production


The unmatched cat and mouse ruse between Billie Holiday and Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which launched the first “War on Drugs”.


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Jameka Autry - Director/Producer
Jameka Autry is a director, creative producer and 2018-19 Associate of the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. She was recently named one of the DOC NYC 2018 40 Under 40. In 2017 she was honored as an Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow. She started her career with the award-winning duo, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, at Break Thru Films and also worked as an integral part of the Original Productions team at Cinereach. She has worked on the creative development and production of feature documentaries, narrative films, commercials, short films, and multimedia campaigns. Her films have screened at festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and New Directors New Films. Jameka has produced MARATHON: The Patriots Day Bombing, which premiered on HBO in late 2016. She previously co-produced IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE (Showtime), which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and garnered wins for Best Documentary at both the Nashville Film Festival and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. Most recently, she was a line producer on MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (Sundance '18) and consulted on Jeremiah Zagar's WE THE ANIMALS (Sundance '18) and CNN Films' LOVE GILDA (Tribeca Opening Night Film '18). She also spent two seasons helming the docu-series The Fashion Fund in collaboration with Conde Nast and Vogue, which aired on Amazon. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, she is an alum of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and currently lives in New York City. 

Angela Tucker - Producer
Angela Tucker (Founder/President) is an Emmy nominated producer, writer and director. Her directorial work includes PAPER CHASE, a teen comedy in pre production with Gunpowder and Sky; ALL STYLES, a dance movie in post production starring Fik-Shun (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and Heather Morris (GLEE); BLACK FOLK DON’T, a documentary web series in its fourth season featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life” and (A)SEXUAL a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her sixth year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AFROPOP and was Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK. Previously, she was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS’ Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University.

Keiko Deguchi - Editor
Keiko Deguchi came to New York from Japan in 1985 to study cinema at NYU and has been working as a film editor since 1987. Her documentary film credits include Gayle Ferraro’s ANONYMOUSLY YOURS, GANGES: RIVER TO HEAVEN, and a PBS special BEYOND BROWN: PURSUING THE PROMISE (Executive Producer Stanley Nelson.) Her narrative film credits include Patrick Stettner’s THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS, Tom DiCillo’s THE REAL BLONDE, Susan Seidelman’s BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, and Bette Gordon’s LUMINOUS MOTION. Most recently she was an editor on Steven Shainberg’s narrative feature FUR. Deguchi won The James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary for IN A DREAM (Jeremiah Zagar, 2008) at the Woodstock Film Festival.


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