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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Nasreen Alkhateeb, Senior Production Advisor

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Nasreen Alkhateeb

Nasreen Alkhateeb is an award-winning filmmaker, whose original content has broadcast internationally for over a decade. By illuminating under-represented voices, Alkhateeb thrives as a leader on diverse storytelling projects that include broadcast, digital, and film. As a multi-cultural woman of color, who is differently-abled, Alkhateeb has a plethora of lenses she sees the world through. Both African American, and Iraqi, she constantly is translating these worlds, with one foot on three continents. In 2019, her film East of the River screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Honorable Mention at Slamdance. She also directed two national campaigns for NASA and Women’s March. In 2018, she directed the first 50th year anniversary film for NASA’s Apollo Program. In addition to creating original content for the United Nations, TED, NASA, SXSW, Discovery Networks, WITNESS, and IFC Films, Alkhateeb was awarded Cinematographer of the Year by NASA for her work in Greenland.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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