Photos: Firelight Media Documentary Lab Reception L.A.

Firelight Media
3 min readApr 16, 2024


2022–2024 Documentary Lab Fellows, clockwise from top left: Paulina Davis, Tsanavi Spoonhunter, Logan Rozos, D.A Bullock, Neelu Bhuman, Athena Jones, Julianna Schatz Preston, Jenny Shi, Raven Two Feathers, Reveca Torres, Lendl Tellington, and Naveen Chaubal. All photos by Jason Tiangco.

On the eve of the International Documentary Association’s Getting Real ’24 conference, Firelight Media hosted a Documentary Lab Retreat Reception for its 2022–2024 Fellows.

The Documentary Lab Reception took place at Wolf & Crane in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. It featured remarks from Firelight Media Board Member Claire Aguilar, Documentary Lab Director Lucy Mukerjee, Artist Programs Coordinator Antonia Thornton, and Development Officer Rachelle Samson.

Wolf & Crane Los Angeles
L to R: Firelight Media staff members Cassie Grilley, Rachelle Samson, Patty Marte, Board Member Claire Aguilar, and Damon Royster
Claire Aguilar with Firelight Media staff member Ximena Amescua Cuenca; Wolf and Crane
Reception guests at Wolf & Crane
Documentary Lab alum Set Hernandez, Impact Producer Conchita Hernandez, and Doc Lab Fellow Raven Two Feathers
Rachelle Samson, Claire Aguilar, and Lucy Mukerjee
The 2022–2024 Documentary Lab Fellows with Antonia Thornton
Documentary Lab fellows and reception guests
Firelight Media staff

To learn more about the 2022–2024 Documentary Lab Fellows and their projects, view their cohort announcement.

About Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight Media’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork Regional Lab, which supports emerging filmmakers in the American South, midwest, and U.S. territories; and the William Greaves Research & Development Fund, for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities, among others. Firelight Media also produces digital short film series, including the forthcoming season three of In the Making, with PBS American Masters, and a collection of regional short films, Homegrown: A Part Of/Apart From, with PBS.



Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a nonprofit organization that supports, resources, and advocates on behalf of documentary filmmakers of color.