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Adam Mazo

United States
Climate Change, Child Welfare, Education, Racial Injustice, Human Rights
Educational materials, Impact Producing, Crafting Classroom Materials, Alternative Distribution
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Adam Mazo is the creative director for Upstander Project and an Emmy® Award-winning social issue documentarian. Upstander Project uses storytelling to amplify silenced narratives, develop upstander skills to challenge systemic injustice, and nurture compassionate, courageous relationships that honor the interconnection of all beings and the Earth. Adam has (co)directed and/or produced all of Upstander Project’s films, including Dawnland on stolen children and cultural survival, which won an Emmy® Award in 2019. He is part of the producing team for Reciprocity Project, a short film series featuring all Indigenous directors exploring what reciprocity looks like in their communities. Season One premiered at Big Sky and was nominated for an IDA award. Season Two is now in production. His films have been broadcast on domestic and international television (Independent Lens), programmed at film festivals (Sundance, Hot Docs, Camden) and international conferences, and screened at universities and K-12 schools, where they are also often used in curricula. He is Ashkenazi Jewish and lives with his family in the territory of the People of the Blue Hills — the Massachusett Tribe.