Pare Lorentz Fund Grantee

Mississippi Red (working title)

Kelly Duane de la Vega, Jessica Anthony
Jessica Anthony, Kelly Duane de la Vega

An intimate set of portraits offer a window into the experience of growing up female in the Deep South through the lens of race, religion and the political establishment. 

Kelly Duane de la Vega, Director / Co-Producer

Kelly’s feature documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically and broadcast nationally on POV/PBS and Netflix. Her most recent film the TWO KILLING OF SAM COOKE was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. THE RETURN, a Peabody Award Finalist, won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, screened on Capitol Hill and in prisons across the country. Her work has received the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award and multiple national Emmy nominations. Her film BETTER THIS WORLD won Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. MONUMENTAL screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. EL POETA, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s, Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Mother Jones, IFC and Discovery, among others. She also directed and produced a multimedia PROJECT TURNOUT partnering with the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation to explore changing election laws and their impact on people of color. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley. 

Jessica Anthony, Co-director/Producer

Jessica is a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow with over two decades of experience ranging from commercials to narrative and documentary films. She produced the documentary THE MASK YOU LIVE IN, which premiered at Sundance in 2015. In 2016, Jessica directed and produced the NYTIMES Op-Doc SUPREME COURT V. THE AMERICAN VOTER, which exposes the strategic and deliberate acts by some to suppress the votes of people of color. She was a producer on director Guetty Felin’s narrative feature AYITI MON AMOUR (Toronto 2016, Oscar contender 2018) about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jessica’s career began in animation and visual effects where she produced award winning ads and short films for MTV, Disney, Universal, Nickelodeon, BBC, Comedy Central and many more."