Dan Parris is an award-winning filmmaker and owner of Speak Up Productions, a St. Louis based film production company. He’s the director of the feature length documentaries When the Saints, Show Me Democracy and the award-winning film What Matters? Speak Up Productions' mission is to be 'creative for a purpose' and focuses on non-profit videos working with clients like Parents as Teachers, Deaconess Foundation and the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. His film What Matters? screened at over 120 community and educational screenings and was released on VOD by Cinedigm. Dan was awarded Biola University's 2012 Distinguished Young Alumni of the Year Award for his work in film and activism and was the closing speaker at the 2014 TEDxGatewayArch City 2.0 event. Most recently, Dan co-founded the non-profit, Continuity, whose mission is to expand diversity in media production.