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Deanna is a documentary filmmaker and national award-winning videographer, producer, and editor based in Washington, D.C. She believes the best stories are told visually, with humanity and care. You can get in touch with her here.

Currently, she’s a producer and assistant editor for SideXSide Studios. Previously, she was the video and multimedia producer for Education Weekwhere her work was featured on PBS NewsHour, HuffPost Education, and A&E.

Deanna worked as a producer for the short documentary “Queens in Training.” The 15-minute film follows two young African-American girls who learn to play chess competitively and apply those skills to obstacles of race and gender as they prepare for a citywide co-educational tournament in Washington, D.C. “Queens in Training” is an official selection of FilmFestDC, Alexandria Film Festival, WAMMFest, The Women’s Film Festival, Soul 4 ReelCommunity Stories Festival, and Austin Under the Stars Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Documentary Short. She was also a 2016 photojournalism participant at Mountain Workshops in Paducah, Kentucky, where she worked on a photo story about a local hot rod shop.

She holds a graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking from the Institute of Documentary Filmmaking at The George Washington University and a B.A. in journalism and French with concentrations in online media and public policy from Stony Brook University. Deanna was Editor-in-Chief of The Statesman, SBU’s official campus newspaper. She has interned at the Council on Foreign Relations, Scripps Howard Foundation and Times Beacon Record Newspapers.