Sofia Geld is a Brazilian filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She currently produces for the oscar nominated directing duo Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi. As a 2018 grantee for the DESPINA residency, she exhibited a video installation in Rio de Janeiro titled 'Palavras Cruzadas' an immersive documentary experience. Sofia has produced and directed several short films and music videos, 'Beba's Song' debut on The Fader, and her first short film 'HUSH' about deafness and disability screened both in New York and Moscow. Sofia worked as an impact producer at Skylight Pictures on the feature films Rebel Citizen and Disruption. She directed the monthly human rights themed #RESIST screening series in collaboration with UnionDocs, Skylight, WITNESS and Remezcla. She was associate producer on Petra Costa’s debut documentary ELENA. Sofia received her B.A. from Bard College and was a 2014 UnionDocs Collaborative Studios fellow.
Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina filmmaker, multi-media artist, and native-New Yorker. She wrote and directed her first feature-length film, BEBA, which is currently in post-production and set to release in Spring 2020. BEBA was recently selected to be in the DCTV post-production lab facilitated by Academy Award Nominee, Yance Ford (STRONG ISLAND). Rebeca’s film also received the highest amount from the 2018 NYSCA grant after being selected for Kickstarter’s Creators-in-Residence program in Fall 2017. Beba has been featured in ELLE MAGAZINE and REMEZCLA. In 2017 Rebeca co-wrote BEBA’S SONG and directed a music video which premiered on THE FADER. Rebeca was a 2018 Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow, through which she directed a short documentary on a Bronx-based Dominican DJ collective. She was chosen to participate in the 56th Annual New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy in 2018. Currently, Rebeca is the Leonhardt Cassullo Video Fellow at Creative Time. She received her BA from Bard College in 2012.
is a New York based documentary editor who grew up in Los Angeles with frequent visits to Mexico. Her passion lies in telling stories of those who are underrepresented. She recently edited the pilot episode for the series, Rearview Mirror, supported by Tribeca Film Institute, and in 2016 she assisted on the feature film, The Strange Ones. She has shot and edited over 100 short films about women for StyleLikeU’s What’s Underneath Project. Some of her clients include Puma, Adidas, Pepsi, Birchbox, Remezcla, Allure, The New Yorker and HuffPost. She is currently a Karen Schmeer Fellow.
Naima Ramos-Chapman is an interdisciplinary filmmaker who tells stories of transformation and understated bravery. Her work is inspired by true events, incorporates magical realism, renders psycho-spiritual realities we can not see and is intrigued by the mundanities and banal brutality of everyday life. Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. Currently, Naima is in post-production for her second short film, and is a 2017 Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Intensive Fellow. She edits occasionally, and only for dope people.
Michelle Clementine Crawford is a native New Yorker, Brooklyn College alum with a B.A. in Film, and a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) camera union. A founding member of the newly formed Mentorship Committee for the International Cinematographers Guild (I.C.G.), Michelle was recently nominated to the National Executive Board of the Guild. She previously held the position of Media Director for Urban Latino Magazine. Michelle has worked with Spike Lee on various projects, most recently Netflix Original SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, as well as on Oscar-winning feature film SPOTLIGHT, and the Emmy-winning HOUSE OF CARDS.
Neo is a filmmaker, artist, and translator based in New York and Tokyo. In 2015, he shot and co-directed an ethnographic documentary entitled Ainu Neno An Ainu, along with artist collective Lunch Bee House, which he is a part of. Since then, he has directed, shot, and produced short narrative and documentary films, music videos, fashion spots, and a concert film. Neo is also a part of artist/filmmaker duo Zakkubalan and a member of NYC production company Good Baby Films. As Zakkubalan, Neo has exhibited installation work at the Watari-um Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2017, and the Reborn-Art Festival. Neo also participated in Talents Tokyo 2017 as a director, and in 2018, he was a resident at Tenjinyama Art Studio.
Eli Evnen, also known by his stage name Kashaka, is a music producer composer, and DJ based in NYC. Originally from the sleepy college town of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kashaka's love for Hip-Hop and R&B led him to move New York, where he graduated from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. Shortly after Kashaka moved to New York City, he integrated himself in an incredibly vital under-ground hip-hop scene, by co-producing Phony Ppl's Debut album under legendary producer Bob Power. Eventually he moved to Ghana, where he fell in love with a whole new rhythm and began incorporating Afro-beat, Highlife, and African Drumming into his work. Kashaka is a co-founder and DJ of Everyday Afrique, a collaboration with Okay Africa NYC and Everyday People. Currently, Kashaka is gearing up to release his first Executive Produced album with GODBODYWATI, collaborating with other artists on several EPs, and finalizing his first solo EP.
Nora is a Brooklyn based media activist. Formerly the Director of Programs and Outreach at Skylight, she sought to use documentary and storytelling to catalyze social change. She coordinated and co-led with Cine Vagabundo a 2-month community arts tour with the film Disruption / Punto de Quiebre around communities across Colombia. Nora currently coordinates Skylight's SolidariLabs Program, which brings together documentary filmmakers with human rights activists to strengthen narratives around justice. Nora was the Associate Producer on Young Lakota, a film about Indigenous Feminist organizing on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and coordinated the documentary’s Outreach Campaign. Previously, she was a Princeton in Latin America Fellow with Redes de Tutoría, a Mexican civil society organization that creates Freirian-based “learning communities” in rural public elementary schools across Mexico. Nora has collaborated with Storyline Media, Incite Pictures and Exactitude Films. She's a member of the New York chapter of SURJ and White Noise Collective. Nora graduated from Wesleyan University (CT).
Paola Piers-Torres is Cuban and Jewish documentary filmmaker born and raised in Chicago. Paola recently received her MA at The New School's Media Studies program. She is the director of the The Chicago Mixtape which features a portraiture of arts programs, that create safe spaces for young people to express their voices through words and rhymes. The Chicago Mixtape has been nominated for Best Documentary in The Philadelphia Independent Film Awards, and will be premiering at The New York Independent Film Festival.
Arielle Knight is an independent filmmaker and arts educator based in Harlem. Arielle is a graduate of the New School’s Documentary Filmmaking and Media Studies M.A She holds a B.A in African-American Studies from Wesleyan University. Arielle got her start producing commercial films with Paris-based production house Insurecction before moving on to the world of documentary. Arielle has collaborated with C41 Media and Breakthrough Films and is the Writer and Director of the film Swing Man Blues, an avant-garde music documentary which has screened in New York, New Orleans, and Atlanta.
Olivia is a producer, marketer and Jane of all Trades. Originally hailing from West Virginia, she moved to New York City in 2014. Recent projects include casting Paul Trillo's short film, The Irrational Fear of Nothing (Big Block Media) and running the marketing for Anthology: Crown Heights. She also writes and manages the site Artists from Anywhere, a website featuring artists from all walks of life.