(Jacob Burns Film Center)
Saidah Russell graduated from NYU with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications. She worked as a Project Coordinator for the production company Rada Film Group and assisted with marketing the documentary American Promise. She has worked for multiple festivals—in operations and as a screener— which led her to experience the heartbreak of falling in love with a film only to have it disappear after closing night. She landed in exhibitions out of a desire to champion stories that are often overlooked and unsupported. She currently works at the Jacob Burns Film Center and co-programs a series showcasing the diversity of the black experience on film.