Colouring Book Creator, Writer, Director and Producer
Producer and Researcher
Jessica Molina Cuthbert
Jason is an American screenwriter, independent filmmaker and copywriter with a B.A in Film Production from Hunter College at The City University of New York. Jason has been selected as an intern by The American Pavilion for the world’s most prestigious film festival, the Cannes Film Festival, where he was able to provide discussion panel information and greet prominent filmmakers and media personnel. During his time with RCTV Channel 15 (Rochester Television) as a scriptwriter and assistant teacher to high school students in the Summer of Opportunities TV production program, Jason was awarded with the prestigious Telly Award and ACM Hometown Media Award for his short movie script “Pink Triangle” (2012). Jason has also worked as a freelance scriptwriter for Baden Street Settlement, successfully delivering PSA scripts that were produced and launched in market.
As a professional writer, Jason writes original screenplays, fiction, web series content as well as a copywriter, researcher and proofreader to Launchmark and independent clients, as well as a frequent contributor to the online film community of GoIntoTheStory.com. With an interest in expanding the dialogue on diversity, mixed culture identity and inter-cultural relationships, Jason’s Colouring Book documentary project will build upon his own personal experiences as a New Yorker of Afro-Trinidadian and Welsh-American heritage in an attempt to explore the boundaries that define race and ethnicity in the Western world.
Francesca is a Canadian historian, researcher, educator, grant writer and arts curator currently researching popular culture, race and social justice movements. A published academic, Francesca is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in history (with minors in cultural and gender history), and has already attained her M.A. in history, both at York University (Toronto, Canada). As a research assistant at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, she recently completed her tenure as the curator and producer of Performing Diaspora, a 2012 initiative intended to work with academia and pioneering musicians in order to document in video and text the history of urban music in Canada.
Francesca brings to the Colouring Book team a wealth of grant writing and sponsorship request experience, and has successfully been awarded monies by the state level Canadian government, York University, and private investors. She also has a range of artistic knowledge given her training as a vocalist, dancer and poet.
Francesca is a frequently invited public history speaker and writer who has contributed extensively to Canadian college radio, ActiveHistory.ca, Manifesto Community Projects, and her ongoing project Learning Through Hip Hop, an arts-based curriculum workshop for youth.
James is an American brand manager at The Coca Cola Company where he oversees the development of the Sprite brand. With an MBA in brand management and entrepreneurship from the University of Rochester (William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration) and a B.S in business management from Penn State University, James has previous experience first as an associate marketing manager at General Mills, where among his many other duties, he oversaw the multicultural marketing of food products, followed by his time at the Kellogg Company as associate brand manager.
James has also done significant work in the area of growth, strategy and education through his employment with KIPP Philadelphia Schools. A Consortium Fellowship recipient, James brings a wealth of business knowledge to the Colouring Book team in the areas of marketing strategy, multi-media platform advertising, product innovation and development, brand management and architecture, forecasting and cross-functional team leadership to serve the growth and awareness of the Colouring Book project.
Jessica is an American sociologist, researcher and educator currently studying the intersection of racial and ethnic discrimination and American penal system practices. The recipient of the prestigious Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Millennium scholarship, Jessica is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology (with a minor in policy analysis) at the University of Minnesota and has a B.A in Criminology from the University of Miami. Jessica has served as research assistant for a series of research projects at the University of Minnesota, particularly in the areas of race, gender, youth, discrimination and social justice.
Jessica has extensive college-level teaching and mentoring experience as a former Ronald E. McNair program advisor. Jessica is also skilled in quantitative research methods. She brings extensive knowledge in the areas of social justice and discrimination; youth, education and mentorship; and human behavior. Additionally, as an academic Jessica is the principal investigator for Colouring Book given her vital research skills including hierarchical linear models, data coding expertise, and survey and oral interview collecting.