Kristi Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker whose films capture nuanced, intimate and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. Her newest film, SOLITARY, which provides an unprecedented and immersive look at life inside a supermax prison, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and made its broadcast premiere on HBO in Februrary of this year. Her previous films include A PLACE AT THE TABLE, TOOTS, and AMERICAN STANDOFF. Jacobson is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, NYWIFT, and a two-time Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is a recipient of grants from Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute DFP, Chicken and Egg and many others.
Nikki Abban is a first generation Ghanaian-American born and raised in Maryland. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015 with a BA in Communication Rhetoric and minor in Film Studies. Despite her love-hate relationship with Pittsburgh, "the steel city" allowed her to develop her passion for creating captivating, influential, and honest human-interest stories. Before joining Catalyst she was Production Assistant with Part 2 Pictures for Season 3 of This is Life with Lisa Ling. She also interned with Doctors Without Borders and Pittsburgh’s NPR Station: 90.5 WESA. Through media she aims to save the world, if not make it a little less broken.