John SheedyJuly 23, 2018
B.A. in Documentary Photography, Prescott College
M.A. in Education, Prescott College
John has spent much of his adult life straddling both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. He received a Master in Education from Prescott College in 2005 after spending two years researching immigration and border issues for his master’s thesis in Tucson, Arizona. His time researching these issues inspired him to create two award-winning documentaries, El Inmigrante and The Tijuana Project, both of which paint a human face on the important topics of borders and immigration.
In 2008 he met his wife Sandra in Alamos, Mexico and in 2011 they started an international film festival in Alamos dedicated to the many diverse voices of the borderlands. The festival continues to thrive and offers a space for sharing positive stories from both sides of the border.
John also worked from 2012 to 2018 at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico teaching IB Spanish, running a filmmaking program, and leading border studies trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with Sandra and their son Joaquin.
John grew up in Colorado and his passions include mountain biking, skiing, and sustainable building.