Is a White-American filmmaker by day and a social advocate by night. Born with Autism, he’s set out to Hollywood to partner with the outsiders of society like him by making films to tell their stories and support them through advocacy. Stephen’s filmmaking themes focus on stories of people that society thought were bad but were good and are heavily defined by Race Relations, Autism, Identity, Culture and Morality. He has produced films that cover the cultural spectrum and worked with filmmakers from all backgrounds. Stephen deeply loves America and believes its people have done great things… and that there’s more greatness to come.
Stephen has also been a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, The Color of Change, and moderated dinners for Los Angeles’s Embrace LA series about race.
Is a Japanese-Filipino-American project manager and digital media nerd with a background in advertising who is intensely curious about life, culture, and society. She was born in the Philippines but grew up in Los Angeles. However, she was fortunate enough to be able to go back to the Philippines and study there for a few years. That experience for her was enlightening and she came back home to Los Angeles with a new passion for life and culture. With Positive Identity, she hopes to bring people from all walks of life together in an optimistic and uplifting way.
Directing & Creative
Leonora Anzaldua is a Xicana filmmaker whose passion lies in stories of underrepresented people and art for social change. Her upbringing in multicultural, working-class San Diego public schools profoundly shapes her worldview and approach to storytelling.
A director and cinematographer, Leonora choses projects that advocate social progress or highlight pressing issues. Her recent work includes The Positive Identity’s web series “Immigrants for America,” which spotlights immigration stories and the positive contributions of immigrants to their communities in the United States. Leonora also created a short documentary for the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an NGO that combats rural poverty in Southeast Asia and Africa through community empowerment and development. And she directed and produced the campaign video for San Francisco’s progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin; she is currently creating video content highlighting his accomplishments, as well as the benefits of drug and mental health treatment, and community investment over incarceration.
Directing & Creative
David Amir Beier is a Palestinian-American writer, director, and digital artist. His work focuses on using the language of cinema and new media to highlight the voices of under-resented communities. David’s first film, “You Better Run,” was a modern re-imagining of a tale of 1001 Nights transposed to New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina – a tragedy that David experienced first-hand. The film won “Best Short” and “Filmmaker’s Choice” at The San Diego Black Film Festival. The following year David was admitted into the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he won the Jack Nicholson Directing Scholarship. David’s student film “The Silver Baron” won “Best Silent Film” at The International Student Film Festival and was a finalist in The USA Film Festival International Shorts Competition. David was also one of 10 students selected to co-direct a feature film produced and starring James Franco. The resulting film, “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha” premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Ron Bush is an African American LA based LGBTQIA stand up comedian, actor, and writer from Philadelphia, PA. Ron mixes personal stories with sharp social commentary to convey powerful messages to his audience. Ron studied acting and directing with John Coppola for 12 years, together they produced over 100 live sketch comedy shows at Studio C Artists, Theatre Row Hollywood. Ron has been a touring comedian for 8 years, had a monthly residency at The Comedy Store and was a paid regular at Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena.
His inspiration comes from over 20 years of experience as an executive in the tech industry, being raised by a divorced single mom, and being mentored by one of the countries leading Jungian based psychologist, gay activist, and first openly gay white professor at Howard University in the 70’s. Ron is recognized as a leading voice in the LA stand up LGBTQ comedy community. His podcast, Positive Identity, with Stephen Grey is gaining popularity as they talk about the positive aspects of racial issues in America today. Follow Ron Bush for show information and more, he may be performing around town near you!
Hannah Shariff believes that diversity in every aspect is the most important step to creating a better world. An avid storyteller whose goal is to amplify the voices of diverse individuals, she has taken opportunities through internships like The Positive Identity to move this objective forward, being mentored by experienced individuals and learning important skill sets in the process. At TPI, she was a social media intern focused on increasing engagement for TPI-produced work online. Hannah currently attends Dartmouth College, and hopes to work in the entertainment industry in the future.
Social Media & Content
Harley Hernandez started with Positive Identity while living in LA for the summer with a university college program. She is studying to work in film and has a passion for film and TV directing, producing, and developing. Harley enjoys being on the Positive Identity team due to her love for spreading positivity and her passion for equality. Being half-Mexican, she has the drive to help others understand how important someone’s identity is to who they are and that all identities should be celebrated. Harley works on the production and social media teams here at The Positive Identity. She is excited to continue spreading encouraging messages and stories of people from all identities and backgrounds.
Video Editor & Producer
Nancy is the video editor and producer of The Positive Identity. She is a rising junior majoring in Visual Communication at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Since Nancy aspires to be a creative producer/director and she is someone who loves telling stories, opportunities to work in a production company like TPT is very valuable for her. TPT’s mission truly aligns with Nancy’s passion because as a woman of color, social justice is what she deeply cares about, and she wishes to use the language of media and film to raise awareness and demand changes on current issues.
Production & Writing
Joshua Pitney is a Screen Arts major at Pepperdine University. He joined Positive Identity in Summer 2022 and has loved his experience so far. He joined because he is passionate about spreading messages about love and acceptance with the power of filmmaking. He is on the autism spectrum, so he is eager to build up neurodiverse communities and teach how they can be a positive force for change in the world.
Video Editor & Production
Autumn Montoya is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. With her work at positive identity she also does freelance work in film production. She works in camera department, post production, and directing. Autumn is a student at the Los Angeles Film School, and is set to graduate late 2022. Since joining a high school film production class in her home state of Colorado, she knew film was her dream.
Alessandra is a senior at Duquesne University majoring in sociology and minoring in business, communication, qualitative methods, and African studies. As a black woman, small business owner, and social media influencer, Alessandra is interested in diversity and inclusion as well as digital and social media marketing. Thus, she recently interned as a social media manager at The Positive Identity, which helped her land her current internship at Covalent, a video production company in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon graduating, she hopes to secure a position in Human Resources or digital or social media marketing at a corporation in New York, DC, or Florida. She also hopes to see her small business thrive and to be able to continue to work with various brands and companies as an influencer and content creator.
Born in Worcester, MA, Sean Donahue is a white Irish American artist, organizer, philanthropist, and activist living in Los Angeles, CA. Sean has a strong background in music, touring the east coast and southern California and also has extensive experience producing, editing and directing music videos and other film media. As a member of the antiracist collective, White People for Black Lives, Sean works in spaces deconstructing white supremacy and ending support for state sanctioned violence. As a queer person, he readily identifies the intersections of oppression and knows racial justice leads to collective liberation in all forms.
“Curious to the world around her, Alexis is a filmmaker who loves to travel and explore nature and different cultures. Her mantras in life: to live life intentionally and to “turn lemons into apple juice,” meaning to make the impossible a reality while inspiring others to do likewise. Alexis’s worldwide adventures have fueled her desires to capture what brings people into community with one another through the lens of a camera. She graduated with a BA in Film Production and minor in Animation through Loyola Marymount University, and is eager to bring people together through storytelling.”
Video Editor & Organization
Kayla Sun is an Asian female filmmaker, one of the recipients of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for her upcoming film “The Locksmith’s Wife”. She is a MFA candidate for Film and Television production at University of Southern California. She is interested in showing Asian characters in natural and non-stereotypical ways. She is working with Positive Identity because she believes this to be a great way of helping people of all backgrounds express themselves and connect with each other.
Producer & Production
Aviya Nettles is a current college student, working on becoming a producer and director. She worked at TPI as a producer intern, creating content for our social media platform, produced a short documentary alongside other interns, and researched various financial services to support the many people involved in the company.
Editor & Creative
Editor/Martial Artist/Comedian/Actor/Survivor. Holder of a BA in Film with an emphasis in Editing from San Francisco State University. Raised as the son of a missionary, Trey has lived in many different cultures and societies growing up, and spends his time volunteering for his community in Concord, California. He aims to spread the message of love and kindness through humor in various film projects. Alongside his own independent films, he collaborates with others to try to get the story to you, the audience, in the clearest way possible. Because of his Kumeyaay/Apache Native American background, you might also find him at local Pow Wows, drumming for the All Nations Singers. His worldview is wide, and his ambitions are even bigger.