jeanelle augustin serves as Director of Original Voices Documentary Films for NBCU Academy, a new artist development and inclusion initiative for US-based independent documentary filmmakers making intersectional, formally innovative films that highlight stories by and about BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ folx, femmes, and people with disabilities regardless of career stage or immigration status. Born and based in New York City, she works to create the conditions for artistic freedom. jeanelle was named a 2021 DOC NYC Documentary New Leader and selected for the 2022 Rockwood Documentary Leaders Fellowship supported by the Ford Foundation. augustin has film programmed for CIFF, True/False, and Big Sky, led filmmaker labs and seminars for BlackStar Projects, Firelight Media, and UnionDocs, and served on festival juries and funding panels for BAVC, BGDM, Chicago Media Project, Chicken & Egg Pitcures, Creative Capital, Define American, Doc Society, Film Independent, The Gotham, IDA, Indie Memphis, Mezcla Media, NEA, NOFF, NYU, Open City, Palm Springs ShortFest, SFFILM, and Sundance Institute. She is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, the Advisory Council at Define American, and served as the Vice President of the Board of The Flaherty.