The interconnected daily journeys of bus riders and operators on the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority bus lines illuminate why the black community here has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. While the bus operators fight for proper PPE, hazard pay, and sick time off they continue to provide a necessary, but dangerous service to frontline workers, the sick, and the homeless population through a pandemic.

Zac Manuel

Zac Manuel is an award–winning, New Orleans bred-and-based cinematographer and director whose work in documentary film and music video explores intimacy, Black masculinity, class, identity and inheritance. His cinematography credits include Buckjumping (New Orleans Film Festival 2018, Winner Best Cinematography), The Earth is Humming (Field of Vision; SXSW 2018), Alone (NYT Op-Doc; Sundance 2017 Jury Award Winner – Best Non-Fiction Film), and America (Sundance 2019 Jury Award Winner), and Time (Sundance 2020). His work as a director has been exhibited at festivals and on platforms around the world, including The Washington Post, BBC, MTV News, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, and many more. Zac’s is a grantee of the Tribeca All-Access program, the IFP Documentary Story Lab, and is a recipient of the 2017 Create Louisiana Grant, and the 2017 SDF Production Grant for his debut documentary feature, Bloodthicker, which is currently in post production.

Marta Rodriguez Maleck

Marta Rodriguez Maleck is a filmmaker and artist who works in audio, video, and installation, engaging people in participatory methods of storytelling that encourage communal accountability, healing, and understanding. By creating environments conducive to self-reflection, she explores the roles we play in our interactions with one another and where the intersections of our identities and prejudices lie. Rodriguez Maleck has shown publicly and institutionally at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Canal Place Mall in New Orleans, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Pensacola Museum of Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Baby Blue Gallery, and Anas Galley in Chicago, AnyTime Dept in Cincinnati, and Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn. Marta hosts a bi-monthly podcast on Montez Press Radio in New York called 'Reports from New Orleans.' Rodriguez Maleck lives and works in New Orleans.