IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Untitled Domestic Migration Documentary

Greg Jeske
Greg Jeske, Catherine Rierson, Jeremiah O. Rhodes
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The Jefferson Davis Highway looks north across the Haw River, North Carolina.


A film about the remaking of America from the voices of a small town divided.

Greg Jeske, Director/Producer

Greg is an Egyptian-American video journalist, who tells stories from the border of empirical evidence and inner truth. He works as a producer & cinematographer, contributing to outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, CBS News Originals, Business Insider and Vox Media. He is the former Head of Video at Fatherly, a digital publisher for millennial dads, where he was responsible for the vision and execution of both editorial and revenue-generating media. Greg’s start in media began as a freelance snowboard photographer in the early ‘00s, when he discovered his love for documentary photography.

Catherine Rierson, Producer

Catherine is an award-winning filmmaker and creative producer based in North Carolina. Her work is both journalistic and observational and examines the relationship between identity and sense of place. Recent producing credits include Mossville: When Great Trees Fall (Winner, 2019 Full Frame Film Festival's Human Rights Award, Best in Show at BendFilm, Montclair Film Festival’s Truth in Nonfiction Storytelling, and more), Somewhere South with Vivian Howard (PBS, 2020), Burden of Proof (HBO Documentaries, 2021), A New and Unsettling Force (2021), Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN, Zero Point Zero Films), as well as several narrative shorts including Dir. Nick Singer’s Stella For Star, Dir. Andre Rangiah’s Quiet and Clear and more. She also produced the feature-length documentaries, Sick to Death (Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017) and Big Charity (New Orleans Film Festival Feature Documentary Jury Award and Audience Award, 2015).

Jeremiah O. Rhodes, Producer

Jeremiah is a Black emerging journalist and filmmaker from North Carolina, who tells stories about the ways that marginalized identities affect our relationship to ourselves, our communities and the larger world around us. He is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a 2019 Stemblar Scholar, a 2019 Lookout Fellow, and a 2019 NeXt Doc Film Collective Fellow. In 2018, he co-directed the film Silence Sam, centered around an on-campus confederate war memorial, which garnered recognition from film festivals such as Indie Grits, Cucalorous, New Orleans Film Festival, and Blackstar Film Festival. In 2020, he co-produced Bitter & Sweet, which was recognized at the 75th Annual College Photographer of the Year Awards. As a video journalist, he has contributed to The Washington Post, NPR, and The Texas Tribune, among others.