Hey, I'm Grit!

New York, New York

Co-director/Producer/Writer Natalie Pattillo is a New York-based multimedia journalist. Her reporting bylines include the New York Times, MSNBC, VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America and Salon. In 2020, she was awarded the Media Award from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She received a Master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Natalie Pattillo understands the nuances of the abuser-victim dynamic because she survived domestic violence in a past relationship. These experiences, as well as the passing of her sister who was killed at the hands of an abusive boyfriend in 2010, fuels Natalie’s for AND SO I STAYED to make a meaningful impact. She's a working mom of two (soon-to-be three)!

Co-director/Producer/Director of Photography Daniel A. Nelson recently finished work as a cinematographer and researcher on Oscar-nominated director David France's feature-length documentary THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, which celebrates the lasting political legacy of Marsha P. Johnson and seeks to finally solve the mystery of her unexplained death, that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and landed on Netflix. Daniel received his Master's from the Columbia Journalism School in documentary filmmaking in 2016. His thesis at Columbia was a short documentary called POSTURE about the controversial world of competitive yoga, which premiered at the 2017 Long Island International Film Expo and was published on Yoga Journal.

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