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HACKER HOUSE is set within the high tech economy of global entrepreneurial culture. The film follows three ambitious, talented migrant entrepreneurs – two from Spain, one from Nigeria – who have launched startups in Silicon Valley, the Mecca for high tech dreamers from all over the world. But with a failure rate of 99.6%, their chances of survival are minimal, and each of these entrepreneurs are additionally challenged by immigration, capital, and family. Still, each is willing to risk everything, including their families, in order to chase their dreams. Learn More at: https://itvs.org/films/hacker-house
Nancy Kelly, Producer, is a Sundance Fellow and veteran filmmaker who most recently wrote, directed and produced REBELS WITH A CAUSE. Produced in partnership with KRCB North Bay Public Television, REBELS screened in many film festivals, and then received theatrical distribution in seventeen states, including a remarkable eleven-week run at the Rafael Film Center. Prior to REBELS, Nancy wrote, directed and produced a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES, SMITTEN, and DOWNSIDE UP. She also directed and produced the acclaimed narrative feature film THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. She participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD and has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches screenwriting at City College of San Francisco.
Kenji Yamamoto, Producer/Director, is a Sundance fellow whose work has won many awards and screened worldwide. As part of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, he produced and edited the environmental documentary REBELS WITH A CAUSE (APT), narrated by Frances McDormand, and a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: DOWNSIDE UP (PBS INDEPENDENT LENS, internationally, ITVS TRUE STORIES: LIFE IN THE USA); SMITTEN, (PBS Primetime Special); and TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES (PBS AMERICA REFRAMED). He produced and edited THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD (PBS American Playhouse series). THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD starred Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper. Independently of Kelly+Yamamoto Productions, Kenji edited Rebecca Parrish’s RADICAL GRACE, Hot Docs 2015 Top 5 Audience Favorite., Jennifer Taylor’s NEW MUSLIM COOL, (P.O.V.) winner of the Al Jazeera International Film Festival Freedom Award, and Mark Lipman and Helen Cohen’s STATES OF GRACE, winner of audience awards at Mill Valley, Seattle Lesbian and Gay, and Napa Valley Film Festivals. Kenji participated in the Sundance Documentary Edit Lab with NEW MUSLIM COOL and the Sundance Screenwirter’s Lab with THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD.