In a fading Georgia town, a community recalls its dark past and faces a grim present. An undocumented immigrant, caught in legal limbo and facing deportation, contemplates his future. In the midst of it all, a massive, private immigration prison generates millions in profits. Where these stories meet, the hidden epicenter of America’s immigration crackdown is revealed – a place called Lumpkin, GA.

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THE Team


Nicholas Manting Brewer

Nicholas Manting Brewer is an award-winning documentary storyteller and film editor based out of Los Angeles, CA by way of Augusta, GA. His work has screened at several film festivals, including Sundance, South by Southwest, and the Cleveland International film festival. Nicholas earned his B.A. in Anthropology from New College of Florida and his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In 2018, Nicholas co-founded Standard Deviation Productions. He hopes to make films that connect people in an increasingly polarized world.


Emily Grandcolas

Emily Grandcolas is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Northern California who holds a B.A. in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on social issues in global cultures, identity and the various social systems that mold it. Her work has been on display at the Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery, the USC Fisher Museum of Art, NPR's Latino USA and Girls Will Be Girls. She is also a co-founder of Standard Deviation Productions.



Michael Gil

Michael Gil is a writer, director and editor based in Los Angeles, California. He works on narrative fiction, documentary and experimental films. Michael is motivated by his belief in the transformative power of story. Through his work he frequently explores themes of identity, memory and connection. Michael earner his B.A. from Harvard University, where he studied Philosophy, and Cognitive Neurobiology. He earned in M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In 2018, Michael co-founded Standard Deviation Productions. 


Feixue Tang

Feixue Tang was born and raised in Beijing, China where she received her B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing and Theatre from the Central Academy of Drama. She went on to receive her M.F.A. in cinematography from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and is a co-founder of Standard Deviation Productions. Tang continues to be driven by her strong enthusiasm for visual storytelling, working as a cinematographer in both narrative and documentary fields. Her work has been selected and screened at several film festivals.



Mercedes San Roman


Peter Bawiec

Film & TV Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer nominated for the MPSE Golden Reel Award. Films Peter has worked on have been featured in national and international film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and SXSW. His sound design has played in cinemas across the world, VOD and in prestigious art galleries. Peter's passion lies in creating sound stories that take the audience on journeys beyond the boundaries of their own imagination.

Mercedes San Roman is a filmmaker originally from Mexico City. Before film, she worked as a writer and a cultural journalist. She has collaborated as a sound editor in documentaries featuring a wide variety of subjects including religion, sexual diversity and human rights. 



Luke McGinnis & Apartment Sessions

Luke McGinnis is a Music Director, Singer, Arranger, Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist from Atlanta, GA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Luke works full time as a freelance musician in NYC and teaches music theory at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He is also the Co-Creator, Producer and Music Director of Apartment Sessions, a Brooklyn based multi-media collective
Luke's mother, Marilyn, is one of the hosts at El Refugio, one of the settings in “Lumpkin, GA”.




Immigration Film Festival SAT 9/14/19 @ 1-2:30pm Washington DC

Respect Human Rights Film Festival SAT 10/5/19 @2pm Belfast, Ireland

UNAFF Scales of Justice SUN 10/20/19 Stanford, CA

CineCulture Screening FRI 10/25/19 Fresno, CA

Reel East Texas Film Festival November 2019 Kilgore, TX

More to come…


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