The mission of Graham Street Productions is to create socially relevant documentaries, books and exhibits to educate, inspire and mobilize audiences. We believe that art has the power to change hearts and minds, that there are important stories waiting to be told and that we all have the power to make a difference. We work with and support young and emerging artists and partner with a wide variety of advocates for social justice.
Anne Galisky is the daughter of a once-undocumented immigrant father whose parents came to the United States after a seven-year journey from the Ukraine via Mexico. She earned an MA in History, concentrating her research on societal changes on the homefront during World War II. Her thesis, Repressive Populism and the Internment of the Japanese Americans of the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the role of Oregonians in pushing for the internment of their Japanese-American neighbors. Galisky is a co-founder of Graham Street Productions, based in Portland, Oregon.
Galisky directed Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth (2009) which has screened in all 50 states, the US Capitol Building and on public television stations nationwide. She also directed 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez (2014), a documentary film that sheds light on the history and ongoing debates about who has the right to be an American citizen. Along with Jose Manuel, Cesar Pineda and Rebecca Shine, Galisky is a co-editor of the illustrated book Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth (2012). She is the curator of the exhibit The Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration This traveling exhibit is designed to prompt discussion on the decision to intern Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals and the role of repressive populism in that decision.
Anne was a carpenter and building contractor for 20 years and was the owner of Small World Builders, a home building and remodeling company in Portland, Oregon. She thinks that making films is very similar to building houses.
Rebecca Shine is a co-founder of Graham Street Productions and producer of the feature-length documentary films Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth and 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. She is also a co-founder of Momentum Alliance, the youth-led non-profit that emerged from the “Papers” Youth Crew.
The mission of Momentum Alliance is to inspire youth to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders. From the start of the organization, Rebecca's goal was to train a younger generation of underrepresented leaders to run the organization, in everything from strategic planning and budgeting to program design and evaluation. She began as the Executive Director, then became Co-Executive Director and then Leadership Development Coach, before leaving the organization to its remarkable young leaders. Read about Rebecca in Oregon Jewish Life's article "Why Do They Hate Us?" (January, 2013)
Rebecca currently works as an independent contractor.
Roland Wu is a filmmaker and photographer who works in collaboration with writers, visual and sound artists, dancers, nonprofits, botanists, and musicians. He worked as cinematographer and co-editor on the documentary 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez, and currently leads distribution efforts for Graham Street Productions. His work at Graham Street Productions provides him an opportunity to connect his background as a son of immigrants with his interests in history and justice.