IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Through the Night

Loira Limbal
Loira Limbal, Jameka Autry
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To make ends meet, Americans are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Through the Night is a verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider, whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center.

Loira Limbal, Director/Producer

Loira Limbal is an Afro-Dominican filmmaker and DJ interested in the creation of art that is nuanced and revelatory for communities of color. She is the Senior Vice President of Programs at Firelight Media. Firelight is committed to making films about pivotal movements and moments in the U.S. Firelight's flagship program - the Documentary Lab - is a fellowship that provides mentorship, funding, and industry access to emerging filmmakers of color. Limbal is currently directing Through the Night, a feature documentary about a 24 hour daycare center. Additionally, she co-produces and helms the popular monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. Limbal received a B.A. in History from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Training Program. She is a Sundance Institute Time Warner fellow and a former Ford Foundation Justfilms/Rockwood fellow. She lives in the Bronx with her two children.

Jameka Autry, Producer

Jameka Autry is a director, creative producer, and 2019 Sundance Creative Producing Lab Fellow. She was previously recognized as a 2017 Impact Partners Creative Producer Fellow and in 2018 she was selected as part of the inaugural DOC NYC 40 Under 40 List. 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 Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and New Directors New Films. Jameka produced Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing (HBO) and 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. She was a line producer on Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. and served as a consulting producer on Jeremiah Zagar's We the Animals and CNN Films' Love Gilda. She spent two seasons helming the docu-series The Fashion Fund in collaboration with Conde Nast and Vogue, which aired on Amazon. She recently completed work on Ernie & Joe (HBO),which received jury awards at SXSW and Boston International Film Festival. She is currently working on directing her first feature film The United States of America v Billie Holiday, for which she was awarded one of four Sundance/A&E Brave Storyteller Awards.