NEW VOICES IN BLACK CINEMA 2017
"PRODUCING & DIRECTING DOCUMENTARY FILM"
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017
SOUTH OXFORD SPACE, 138 S. OXFORD STREET
BROOKLYN (Trains to Atlantic Center-Barclays)
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LESLIE FIELDS-CRUZ, Moderator, National Black Programming Consortium
FRED KUDJO KUWORNU, Feature Filmmaker
JESSICA BESHIR, Short Filmmaker
STACY HOLMAN, Documentary Producer
EMIR LEWIS, Documentary Editor
This will be an Outstanding, Enlightening, and Entertaining Panel!!!
Leslie Fields-Cruz is Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Leslie was initially hired in 2001 to manage NBPC’s grant making activities that supported the production and development of documentary programs for PBS. By 2005, she was the Director of Programming, leading the distribution of all funded programs to public television. In 2008, with six independent titles in need of a public television broadcast, Leslie suggested NBPC create its own documentary series to highlight the variety and depth of the global black experience. AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is now in its 9th season and is the only national public television series focused solely on stories from the black experience. In the fall of 2014, Leslie was appointed to serve as NBPC’s third Executive Director. Though she keeps the pulse on the development of program content and its distribution across public media platforms, she is focused on growing NBPC’s resources to enable it to support more stories about the black experience.
FRED "KUDJO" KUWORNU
Fred "Kudjo” Kuwornu is an Italia-Ghanaian activist-director-speaker born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon . In 2010 Fred Kuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo about the African-American veterans who fought in Italy during World War II.In 2012, he released "18 IUS SOLI "which examines Afro-Italians in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but not yet Italian citizens. In 2016, He released" Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema”, which plays at the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival 2017.
Mexican-Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir received her B.A. in film studies and literature at UCLA. Her first short, Hairat, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and she is currently producing her first feature film, set in Harar, Ethiopia. She also recently released the short film "He Who Dances on Wood", playing as an at New Voices in Black Cinema Fesitval 2017.
Jessica is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Having a built an exceptional editing career over the years, Emir Lewis recently made a successful entrée into the producer's chair which garnered him an Emmy nomination for the WNET PBS special, Pioneers of THIRTEEN (2013). He also had a chance to shape the critically acclaimed Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives from both the Editing & Interviewers to help bring that amazing story to life. Emir’s long list of editing credits span documentaries, tv series, and feature films beginning with Slam (1998) which received both the prestigious Sundance Grand Jury
Prize and the Cannes Camera DʼOr . In addition, several of the documentaries edited by Emir received high honors such as
HBOʼs O.J. – A Story in Black & White (2003 Emmy winner), PBSʼ Two Towns of Jasper (2003 DuPont and Peabody Awards), and Nickelodeon/MTV Networksʼ I Sit Where I Want- The Legacy of Brown v. Board (2005 Parents’ Choice Award). In the future, Emir plans to continue editing, producing and directing for a diverse range of media projects, but is also very happy teaching the next generation of students the fine art of editorial storytelling at both N.Y.U. & Brooklyn College.
Clara Peltier is a filmmaker from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After completing her double degree in Journalism and Cinema at PUC-Rio University, she lived in New York and obtained a Filmmaking Certificate from NYU. Clara works as a screenwriter in Brazil and in search of her own voice she started to direct short films about women. In 2013 she released “Graça” (Grace) about a synchronized swimmer entering puberty. The film was selected for many international festivals, including Miami International Film Festival and Festival de Cine Iberoamericano de Huelva. Her latest short film released in 2015 “Pele de Pássaro” (Bird Skin) is a documentary about a samba dancer from Rio’s carnival. The film had its international premiere at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and won many awards including the Special Jury Prize at DocumentaMadrid and Best Short Film at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
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