Diego Lummis (Director) was always on the move growing up, making stops along South America and South East Asia through his formative years. After High School, he decided to move to the United States to pursue a college degree. Upon graduating, he joined the U.S. Army and began his military service as a Platoon Leader. After several years in the service, including a tour in Iraq, Diego is back in the States. He now resides in New York City, where he is a filmmaker and former Fellowship recipient at New York University's Graduate Film Program.
Violet Kadzura is writer, media strategist and creative with a love for unpredictable and unconventional adventures. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Violet was a creative person before she even knew it (her mother knew first), but she has always had a keen curiosity and hunger for creative and artistic pursuits, including music, art, fashion and photography.
In 2010, she left Zimbabwe to study at the University of Cape Town where she majored in Media and Writing, and Visual Art History. During her time there, she found her voice and vision, and she began writing and working in the digital media industry. After three years she set out on her own as a freelancer, and soon after, she began taking on client projects including work for a publishing companies and other online-based businesses.
She began to find her true purpose when she started working for GEOCHIC Magazine, an online publication that seeks to create connections between the different cultures of the world. Violet joined the “No Lies Told Then” journey in July 2015 as a marketing, social media and PR expert to help in the film’s audience building process. Violet shares Torri’s vision for “No Lies Told Then” and what it can do for black women around the world. The opportunity came at a time she was further exploring the path she wanted to take with her work and the film awakened her to new possibilities, abilities and dreams.
Violet also runs her own blog Thoughtalitarian. Through it, she gets to express her opinions and love for the work she does. Her hope is to help people live according their own truths and also inspire women and creative people find their purpose and thrive.
Torri R. Oats (Writer) marches to the beat of a different drummer. While so many in the small Michigan town where she was raised were content to settle in to a career in the automotive industry after college, she was determined to pursue a career as a playwright and independent filmmaker in New York City. Giving one month's notice to her family she moved to New York and within a year, she had her first taste of success with her play, Tales of an Addict? at The Independent Studios which she wrote, directed and produced. The second part of her planned trilogy, Tales of a Dealer which she wrote, directed and produced was performed at The Producer's Club the following year. Torri has continued to hone her craft and has written for Madame Noire and The Atlanta Post. Over the years she has built a body of work of which she is proud. If there is a credo which defines her work it is to give voice to the voiceless. She aims to continue to write works that portray positive images of underrepresented groups, have a social impact and challenge authority and conventional wisdom.