Laura Checkoway


Laura Checkoway has penned revealing celebrity profiles and investigative features for numerous publications as well as the acclaimed book My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. Lucky is her first feature length documentary.

Neyda Martinez


Neyda Martinez is a producer and independent strategic communications/cultural consultant. Most recently, she concluded her tenure as Director of National Engagement for PBS’ Latino Americans documentary special. Previously, she worked at the Chicago International Art Expo, El Museo del Barrio, the Public Theater, PBS’ POV series and WNYC’s The Takeaway as well as creating The New Audience Project to engage Latina women as cultural ambassadors. She volunteers on committees for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Uprose and serves on the national board of directors for The Association of American Cultures, Pepatian and Women Make Movies.

Steve James


Steve James is best known for directing Hoop Dreams, winner of every major critics prize including a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Award. Other acclaimed films include Stevie, The New Americans miniseries, At the Death House Door (James’ fourth film short-listed for an Academy Award), No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, the Emmy Award-winning The Interrupters and Life Itself, about film critic Roger Ebert.