Dana Brandes-Simon is an award winning journalist and filmmaker. Her most recent documentary, No Such Sunrise, was awarded the best overall film at the CineYouth Festival and Jury Prize at the Ohio Shorts Festival. The film has also shown at the Ivy Film Festival, MDOCs, the Roxbury International Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival.


Dana currently works for Jigsaw Productions as a Researcher on a CNN documentary series, Death Row Stories. Death Row Stories is executive produced by Academy Award-winners Alex Gibney and Robert Redford.


Through her work, she hopes to challenge assumptions about our country while maintaining a focus on social justice issues. She's particularly interested in mediums that require and elicit empathy from the viewer.