Ani Mercedes directed, produced, shot and edited her first short documentary (THE HALL) in 2013, which aired on PBS. Her second short documentary (HAND BUILT BOAT) was an official selection at the Miami International Film Festival and awarded an Awesome Foundation Grant.  She coached the lead subject to use the film as a tool to raise funds to help sustain a boat building program for youth. Ani began her film career at the documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS) as an intern, where she lead transcription on several projects by award-winning director Steve James. Prior to filmmaking, she was a Community Organizer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, served as a White House intern, and organized over 1,000 rides to the polls in the 2012 campaign. She holds a B.A. from The University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Education Policy.