BRIC Documentary Intensive Screening: 2022 Cohort
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
Join us to watch the amazing films produced during the 2022 BRIC Documentary Intensive! BRIC's 2022 Documentary Intensive cohort learned the ins and outs of making a short, compelling film—from choosing a documentary subject and style, crafting a treatment and pre-production plan, and then overcoming the challenges of producing and editing a short documentary for the first time
The films will stream live on the Brooklyn Free Speech HD channel (Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951 Verizon 47, https://bricartsmedia.org/HD) through the end of March.
WATCH: Jan. 26, 2023, from 7:00-9:00PM. The films will air on the Brooklyn Free Speech HD channel (Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951 Verizon 47) and online at bricartsmedia.org/HD
The 2022 BRIC Documentary Intensive Cohort
Vandna “Cheena” Jain (she/her) grew up just outside of New York City. Regular visits to the city with her family as a child always left her inspired by the energy, texture and largess of it. Now living in Brooklyn, NY she has worked as a creative director in advertising, being in the industry for over 17 years. With a passion for storytelling and interest in photojournalism, she decided to use documentary film as a means to tell observational stories that capture moments of humanity and the ever-developing history they will become part of. She starts this journey by focusing on New York City, a place she’s always loved. www.vandnajain.com
Chuck Moss (he/him) is a NYC based film-maker, producer and editor. Check specializes in short film, documentary, public access, photography, and visual abstract realism. As a progressive critical thinker, he is interested in the practice of curiosity and how compassion is used to explore shared spaces of uncertainty, advocacy and human potential. Whether through political, economic, cultural or social narratives, Check enjoys providing associative imagery to assist with considering our own roles in contested arenas of change and transition.
Cynthia Tobar (she/her) is an Ecuadorian American artist, activist-scholar, archivist and oral historian who is passionate about creating interactive, participatory stories documenting social change. She has conceptualized and worked on several captivating oral history, socially-engaged art projects, and community-based archives that document social movements and student activism. Her multimedia art & storytelling work, which centers participatory oral histories as modes for resistance and place-keeping, has been shown in solo and group exhibits throughout the city. www.cynthiatobar.net
Lakai Worrell (she/her) is an original resident of Brooklyn NY, and has lived his life as a creative person for the past thirty years. His creative voice has been expressed as a dancer, choreographer, playwright, director of stage plays and now film. Lakai is an artist, and the co-founder of two Not for profits. His dedication to the Arts has been to bring to life work that speaks to the ingenuity, resilience, and transformative abilities of people. As a filmmaker, Lakai looks to activate his imagination to the fullest, and bring to life stories that inspire, and motivate all people to live in the power of their own magic.
María José Maldonado (she/they/fairy) is a genderqueer Salvadoran-Ecuadorian artist, writer, filmmaker & performer born & raised in Queens, NY. Their work is queer, feminist & leftist Central American. She’s trans, loves her cat Vinny, loves to hate cismen & loves to Instagram: @saymariajose. María José is a Lambda Literary Speculative Fiction Fellow 2022, a Toronto Queer Film Festival DIY Lab alum 2020-2021 where she wrote, directed & edited her first docushort “CALL 1-800-SALVI” about searching for & finding queer Salvadoran friends in Toronto, she’s an alum of Macondo Writers Workshop (Fiction) 2021, a 2020-2021 Barbara Deming Fund grantee for feminist fiction, a Leslie-Lohman Artist Fellow 2020-2021, and a Queer|Art Mentorship Literature Fellow 2019-2020 mentored by Charles Rice-Gónzalez.
Latavia Young (she/her) is a Miami born, England raised, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and writer who’s independent work explores, experiments with, and defines the convergence of womanhood, Blackness, queerness, family, love, poverty, coming of age, and cultural aesthetics. In 2019 Latavia showcased “The (Dis)United States” at Oaxaca Film Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico and “Playing with Fire” at Aesthetica Film Festival in York, England. In 2020, Latavia managed production for “Fast Life” by R&B artist Ayelle as well as podcasts for former President Bill Clinton, Amazon Studios, and AppleTV+. In 2021 she was an Executive Development finalist for Lena Waithe’s Inaugural Hillman Grad Mentorship Program and produced music videos for alternative bands Breakup Shoes and Summer Salt. Latavia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Production, a minor in Digital Culture and Social Media Analytics, and a Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management. She currently works in film and television development at Jax Media and has previously held positions at RadicalMedia, AT WILL MEDIA, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Morgan Hulquist is a Production Coordinator at Multitude Films, a queer- and women-led independent production company dedicated to telling nonfiction stories by and about historically excluded and underrepresented communities. Prior to joining Multitude, she was Communications Coordinator at Chicken & Egg Pictures where she supported women and gender nonconforming documentary filmmakers. Her credits include Production Coordinator on LOWNDES COUNTY AND THE ROAD TO BLACK POWER (Tribeca 2022), Production Assistant on ACTS & INTERMISSIONS: EMMA GOLDMAN IN AMERICA (MoMA Doc Fortnight 2017), and Archival Producer on NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY (SXSW 2019). Originally from San Diego, she has studied filmmaking at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and Brooklyn College in New York.
Nancy Ma (she/her) is an actor, filmmaker, and teaching artist who grew up in Chinatown New York. Her solo show about growing up in an immigrant family, "Home", produced by The Latino Theater Company, has been performed at schools and festivals around the country. She currently co-hosts a podcast, Hoisan Hour, with her sister on the Chinese diaspora. As a facilitator, Nancy has led workshops with The Moth, Young Storytellers, Girls Who Code, The Bramon Garcia Braun Studio, and Covenant House. Her work focuses on reexamining
hope and honesty in unexpected places. www.littlemoisttugboat.com @iamnancyma
Onel Mulet (he/him) is a musician, composer, producer and filmmaker, originally from Miami, FL and based in New York since 2002. Since 2013 he has been a media professor for BRIC. His first film “Function at the Junction: Ancestral Bridge, Musical Streams” was released online in January of 2022.
Robb Gilmore (he/him) is a screenwriter, development producer (Idea smith), and a 20 year plus alumni of the
media & entertainment industry. He’s now producing & directing short, experimental, documentary film ideas for feature consideration. Robb is enjoying his new media ventures with his community partnerships, and collaborative mentorship’s, while at his “Media Dojo” workplace, BRIC House, in downtown Brooklyn N.Y.
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