Sofia Geld is a Brazilian Director and Producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Sofia received her B.A. in anthropology from Bard College, and has since been working in the field of documentary film. Sofia was Associate Producer on the hybrid documentary ELENA the most watched Brazilian documentary of 2014. She was selected to be a UnionDocs Collaborative Studios fellow, and independently has directed and produced music videos and short films. Her first short film HUSH screened both in New York and Moscow. She is currently a producer and curator of the Brooklyn based #RESIST film series run in collaboration with UnionDocs, Skylight inc. and Remezcla.
Rebeca Huntt is an Afro-Latina independent filmmaker, multi-media artist, and native-New Yorker. She is one of two Directors on Beba, which is currently in post-production. BEBA received the highest amount from the 2018 NYSCA grant after being selected for Kickstarter’s Creators-in-Residence program in Fall 2017. Rebeca was a 2017-2018 Uniondocs Collaborative Fellow, through which she directed and co-edited two short documentaries about immigrant communities in New York City. In addition Rebeca worked in event planning and media for some of New York City’s best institutions for over three years, curating art shows and producing events with creatives such as Tschabalala Self and Venus X. She received her BA from Bard College in 2012.
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.
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.
Carrie Hawks is a filmmaker, artist, and designer. Their work explores race, gender, sexuality and constructed identities. They are a New York based artist. They work in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, dolls, and film. Their film “Delilah” won best experimental film at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in 2012. They hold a BA in Art History and Printmaking from Barnard College and a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University. They have exhibited in New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Berlin, and Tokyo. Their current project is black enuf* was awarded The Jerome Foundation Grant.
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.
Frances Underhill is a British, Brooklyn-based film festival programmer and producer. Frances is a graduate of the New School’s Media Studies M.A and holds a B.A in History of Art from University College London. Before moving to New York she got her start in the film world as a researcher for an independent production company. Since moving to New York she has worked for various independent production companies, film festivals and community arts organizations in production, event organizing, outreach and marketing, with a focus on social justice and activism. She has been working at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival for over two years.
Kindel James is a Brooklyn-based actress, painter, and filmmaker. She studied visual arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has collaborated on Music Videos with underground rising star: GodBodyWati, performed on and off Broadway, and has worked on set with Spike Lee. She's apart of the Brooklyn-based multi-media art collective, 1160.
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.