Amanda Upson

Amanda Upson transitioned from legal practice in labor and employment law to become an independent producer. Her first film, MAGNUM OPUS, a spy thriller with timely themes, premiered at the 2018 Virginia Film Festival. She produced the social justice documentary, A LONG MARCH, 2022 Better Angels Lavine Fellowship Recipient, about Filipino-American veterans. Named one of FORBES “40 to Watch Over 40,” Upson speaks regularly about representation and accessibility. She serves on the Inclusion and Structural Equality Committee of Documentary Producers Alliance, was selected for the 2021 RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, was selected for Realscreen’s 2022 DIALOG Mentorship Program, and named DOC NYC New Leader 2022. She is an active member of the Colorado Disabled Bar Association, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar. Currently, she serves as Interim Director of FWD-Doc, a global, intersectional community of disabled creators and allies working in media to build a more inclusive, accessible, and equitable entertainment industry, by cultivating and championing disabled media-makers, and elevating stories by, for, and about disabled people.