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Plays in Shorts Program: Stand My Ground
Sunday, June 16
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001



Paul Moakley, Daniel Lombroso

Executive Producer

Paul Moakley


Paul Moakley


David Zucker


Daniel Lombroso

On the eve of Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid, he captivated his supporters with a narrative that led to widespread denial, diverting attention from those upholding our country’s ethics and election laws. This distraction allowed conspiracy theories to overshadow essential facts, culminating in the January 6th attack on the Capitol. As the 2022 midterm election approached, civil servant Chairman Bill Gates of Maricopa County was instrumental in determining the vote and delivering results for the largest voting district in a swing state that could sway a national election.

Co-director, Denial

Paul Moakley is the executive producer of The New Yorker and formerly an Editor-at-Large at TIME. Honing his skills over twenty years at the world’s leading news magazines, he’s evolved as a producer, director, and writer. He’s earned numerous awards and nominations for various roles on multiplatform projects, including an Emmy as a producer and reporter for the interactive project and HBO documentary feature Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, among others in photography and directing. In 2020, he produced and reported the short documentary, When the News Hits Home, about the trauma reporters faced after the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting, a film featured in the AFI Film Festival.

Director, Hold the Line; Co-director, Denial

Daniel Lombroso is a director and journalist who spent the last decade building the Oscar-nominated video departments at The New Yorker and The Atlantic. His debut feature film, White Noise, based on his four years reporting inside the white power movement, premiered in 2020 to critical acclaim. It was named one of the year’s top documentaries by Vox and The Boston Globe. His short, American Scar, received an Honorable Mention for the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His latest film, Nina & Irina, is Executive Produced by Errol Morris and was one of the most celebrated short documentaries of 2023. Lombroso’s work has premiered at Sundance, TIFF, and IDFA, and has been recognized with seven Vimeo Staff Picks. He was on last year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list.