Nuotama Bodomo is a Ghanaian filmmaker based in New York City. Her award-winning short films Boneshaker (2013) and Afronauts (2014) and Everybody Dies! (2016) have played at festivals including Sundance, the Berlinale, Telluride, Rotterdam, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films. Afronauts was exhibited at the Whitney Museum as part of the group show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, at the Barbican Centre as part of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, and at the 2018 Venice Biennale Architecture (US Pavilion) as part of Dimensions of Citizenship. Nuotama recently served as staff writer & director on the first season of Random Acts of Flyness (HBO). She is currently in Zambia developing the feature film version of Afronauts.
Dyani Douze is a multimedia artist, raised in Miami, DC, and Paris and currently residing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Dyani recently returned from a study abroad program in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is currently finishing up her final year at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU. While at Gallatin, Dyani is continuing her research on the relationship between aural and visual media, studying sound design, film scoring, film editing and production.
She has served as an editorial apprentice on Spike Lee’s documentary Bad 25, and has produced several personal projects, including a short documentary exploring architectural spaces in Paris. In her spare time, Dyani produces music and DJs at local venues.
Ja’Tovia Gary is a filmmaker and artist from Dallas, Texas currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Evoking the aesthetics of Afro Surrealism, Gary’s work confronts traditional notions surrounding media representation, identity, and perception through film and video. Gary earned her MFA in Social Documentary filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her short film Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO has screened at festivals in the US and abroad and won the Audience Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2014.
She has served as post production/ archival assistant for Spike Lee’s Bad 25 and Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Gary is currently in production on her first feature length documentary, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, an experimental meditation on Black love, ritual, resistance, and psychoanalysis. She is the recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Production Grant and the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.
Chanelle Aponte Pearson is a Bronx-bred, Brooklyn-based visual artist, filmmaker, and faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Film. In 2015, Chanelle was awarded the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Directors “Live the Dream” grant for the narrative series 195 LEWIS, her directorial debut. In December 2016, 195 LEWIS screened to a sold out audience as part of the renowned BAMcinématek program and went on to have its world premiere at the 2017 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. Recently, Chanelle was chief operating officer and senior producer at MVMT Films, the production company responsible for the critically acclaimed film AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” Chanelle is currently a proud member of the New Negress Film Society, a collective of radical black women filmmakers. Together, they have exhibited work at the Brooklyn Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and the Hammer Museum, among others.
Stefani Saintonge received the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls tackling sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, won Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. Her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video grant and works as a teaching artist and adjunct professor in NYC. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University.
Yvonne Michelle Shirley is a director and producer of narrative and documentary films. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film Program, and is inspired by filmmaking in the social realist tradition. Her short film, Flowers, won Best Short Film in the HBO Short Film Competition at the 2016 American Black Film Festival. Her documentary short, Miasia: The Nature of Experience premiered at the 2017 BlackStar Film Festival. She produced the award winning documentary short, Black 14, directed by Darius Clark Monroe, which most recently screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Yvonne is producing and directing the webseries, Frame by Frame, for the audio/visual magazine, Topic.com, and is producing a feature length documentary on the artist, Gil Scott-Heron, directed by celebrated documentarian, Orlando Bagwell (Eyes on the Prize, Malcolm X: Make It Plain). She resides in the city of her birth, Newark, NJ, where she is collaborating with local artists to develop The Newarkive, a multimedia artistic archive, centering imagery of and by Newark’s African American communities.