Alina Simone (Director/DP) is a Ukrainian-American journalist and author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian Long Read, California Sunday, Slate, and NPR, among many others. For seven years, she was a regular contributor to the international news radio show The World, a co-production of the BBC. Her articles have been featured on best-of lists in The Atlantic, NPR and Rolling Stone, and have been optioned for film by major studios. She is the author of an essay collection and a novel, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and has taught writing at Yale University. Simone is the recipient of a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship and a New York State Council of the Arts/New York Foundation of the Arts Film Fellowship. Black Snow is her first film.