Rodrigo Bellott was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His breakout film, Sexual Dependency won over 15 awards in over 65 film festivals around the world and was also Bolivia’s first film competing for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2004 Academy Awards. VARIETY magazine named Bellott as one of the “TOP TEN Latin American Talents to Watch”.
Bellott will be working with Mentor, filmmaker Silas Howard on the film adaptation of his play Tu Me Manques, that explores contemporary queer identity in the moment of historical change in contrast with the current situations in other parts of the world.
Monstah Black is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and educator and has accumulated numerous awards including the Tom Murrine Performance Award and the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. He has taught and performed internationally with various dance companies as well as with his own work. He is currently working on a dance film project called “Cotton” sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.
Monstah will be working with Mentor, dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles on a performance project entitled HYPERBOLIC!.
Caroline Wells Chandler
Caroline Wells Chandler is a MFA recipient in painting at the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques. With shows nationally and internationally, Chandler’s latest body of work entitled “The Best Little Whore House in Texas” opens this fall at Roberto Paradise Gallery in San Juan, PR.
Chandler will be working with Mentor, visual artist Angela Dufresne on a series of crocheted figurative works and resin paintings.
Erin Greenwell wrote and directed the feature film My Best Day, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Her other directing endeavors include Oh Come On, a punk DIY performance video for Kathleen Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin and The Golden Age of Hustlers, featuring Justin Vivian Bond’s remake of the iconic song written by legendary punk chanteuse Bambi Lake. In 2006, Greenwell formed Smithy Productions, a production company, with the aim of cultivating talents from the queer/independent art community under the umbrella of narrative and documentary storytelling.
Greenwell will be working with Mentor, director and screenwriter Stacie Passon to develop her narrative feature length script, The Flight Deck, based on the butch/femme lesbian bar scene in Buffalo, NY during the 1950s.
Doron Langberg was born in Israel, and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received his MFA from Yale University and holds a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate from PAFA. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Yale Schoelkopf Travel Prize, named as a NYFA Painting Finalist. Langberg’s work was featured in New American Paintings and is in the permanent collection of the PAFA Museum.
Langberg will be working with Mentor, visual artist and writer Avram Finkelstein on a series of paintings.
Jacob Matkov writes poetry in Brooklyn, NY where he teaches first year writing and is the coordinator of the English / Creative Writing graduate programs at LIU Brooklyn. He is a co-founding editor of visceral brooklyn and his poems have been published in fields magazine, voicemail poems, Maudlin House, thosethatthis, Downtown Brooklyn and others. He received his BA from Arcadia University and his MA and MFA both at LIU Brooklyn.
Matkov will be working with Mentor, author Jaime Manrique on a manuscript of poems examining the experience of trauma.
Mylo Mendez is a Texas-born video artist currently based in Brooklyn. Hir work uses humor, narrative, and characters with aberrant bodies to navigate identity, social and geographical borders, and history. Mendez has been featured in group shows in New York City and Austin. Ze received hir MFA from Parsons The New School for Design.
Mendez will be working with Mentor, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris on a film about the intersection of trans and punk identities and communities in New York City.
Eva Peskin & Justine Williams
Eva Peskin & Justine Williams are interdisciplinary artists, performers and culture producers. Joint project, Nothing to See Here is perfect example of their use of civic multi-media performance engaging audience-participants dystopia (co-created with Vanessa Gilbert). Peskin is a member of ANIMALS Performance Group and teaches critical media literacy with The Learning About Multimedia Project while Williams is working on New Mystical Readers, a series of queer vision quests incorporating Jungian archetype theories, quizzes, collage, and stop-motion video.
Peskin and Williams will be working with Mentor, playwright, director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks on a performance that rethinks the oath of the first Boy Scout Handbook, questioning accountability, community service and self development with an ethical lens rooted in queer, feminist and anti-racist thought.
Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator in New York City, whose work focuses on queer politics, culture, and history. He is the Founding Director of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, sits on the Board of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, and has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington.
Ryan will be working with Mentor, curator Shannon Michael Cane on a forthcoming show of outsider art at La MaMa Galleria.
Brendan Williams-Childs is a short-story writer from Wyoming. His work has appeared on NPR and in Midwestern Gothic Issue Literary Journal. In 2013, he was awarded the Larry Neal Writers’ Award. He co-edits the very small zine and chapbook press Cheap Dates Press.
Williams-Childs will be working with Mentor, author Sarah Schulman on an anthology of speculative short stories.
Morgan Bassichis is a writer and performer whose shows include When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive and The Witch House. Morgan has performed at Dixon Place, the Wild Project, Recess, and the Garage (San Francisco), as part of the MIX Festival and the HOT! Festival, and in films by Dia Felix and Maria Breaux. Morgan is a graduate of Brown University, a practitioner of Generative Somatics, and has published essays in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other anthologies.
Bassichis will be working with Mentor, performance artist Jibz Cameron on a solo show based on “fake” folktales inspired by Yiddish and Slavic mystical fairy tales woven together with stories from his own sojourn to Poland.
Arisleyda Dilone left public policy and began to imagine a life outside of the field in 2010, after years of working in international affairs and in New York City politics. Aris developed a documentary concept that was accepted into the Latino Producers Academy administered by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). In August 2011, NALIP announced she had been chosen for the Latino Artists Mentoring Program (LAMP). In 2012, she began to develop her first feature documentary IN BETWEEN about her experience as an intersex female in a Dominican-American setting. Her project was awarded a 2012 Travel & Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation. As a Dominican immigrant, raised in America, Aris always seeks to maintain a relationship with her Latino roots. Through her political work as community organizer in Brooklyn, New York she became closely acquainted with the Latino communities in Williamsburg and Bushwick. In 2013-2014 she was a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow working on the web-based interactive documentary project: Living Los Sures.
Dilone will be working with Mentor, documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen on a personal documentary concerning conflicts around gender identity, femininity and cultural borders as an intersex woman in a Dominican-American family.
Zachary Frater is a low femme supershero-in-training from Manhattan. Her hobbies include beasting as Anna Williams, watching balls on Youtube, and loving herself. Since receiving his BA in Art History from City College of New York, Zachary has interned at Visual AIDS as an archivist and programming assistant, and has organized exhibitions, performances, and roundtables in LES, Harlem, and the Bronx. In all his projects, he tries to offer queer brown bodies a place of respite as well as a chance to see and engage with each other’s talents.
Frater will be working with Mentor, curator and Dirty Looks NYC founder Bradford Nordeen to develop a televised queer news network to provide resources to queer youth of color reminiscent of pre-internet cable programming.
Shannon Keating is a fiction and non-fiction writer living in Brooklyn. Her work—which is broadly concerned with the representation of gender and queerness in literature, cinema, and the mainstream media—has appeared at The Atlantic, Bitch, Salon, The Rumpus, and The Hairpin, among many others. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College in 2013 with a BA in Narrative Studies: Literature and Film, for which she completed an honors thesis of scripts and short stories. She is the recipient of a Mellon International Research Grant for cultural study in Florence, Italy, as well as Connecticut College’s Film Theory and Criticism Prize for a graduating senior. After spending the spring of 2014 with the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France, she moved to New York to begin an Atlantic Media Business Fellowship at Quartz.
Keating will be working with Mentor, actor, novelist, and playwright James Lecesne on a lesbian coming-of-age novel following a rugby playing 18-year-old, middle-class, femme-ish gueer girl named Lola.
Luce Capco Lincoln
Luce Capco Lincoln is a trans queer Filipino filmmaker, originally from Gainesville, FL, now living in Brooklyn. Lincoln works as a Media Educator at Global Action Project and just finished producing and editing a documentary, In His Own Home, about a 2010 police shooting that happened as a result of police militarization. Lincoln’s early work used personal stories to talk about the intersections of being mixed race, queer and gender non-conforming. Lincoln received a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.
Lincoln will be working with Mentor, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris on a series of short experimental videos that uses the family archive to examine LGBTQ history in the 1910’s and 1920’s.
Samantha Nye is a Brooklyn based painter and video artist. Much of her work centers around a cast of women (ages 50- 92) related to her either through blood or the social circles of her mother and grandmother. Viewing the family as a perverse engine of intimacy, her art probes the visibility of sexuality that is inherent within families. She uses reenactment and performances of seduction to question where or from whom we learn these methods.
Nye will be working with Mentor, painter and writer Carrie Moyer on a series of paintings and drawings using her grandmother’s friends to reenact scenes from vintage Playboy magazines, a painting series based on her experience working at a casino, and a series of video reenactments queering Scopitone films from the 60’s.
Maia Cruz Palileo
Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in her paintings, sculptures, and installations. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in America from the Philippines and her experience of growing up in the Midwest, Maia infuses these narratives with memory and imagination. Among her group exhibitions are those at ArtGate Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, CUE Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, International Studio & Curatorial Program, and Wave Hill. Her work has been featured in Contemporary Art Philippines. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award and has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist In the Marketplace Program. She has taught at Brooklyn College, CUNY, Rutgers University, Newark, The Laundromat Project, and Smack Mellon. Maia currently teaches painting and sculpture with the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was recently nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, awarded a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and has an upcoming solo show at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in January 2015.
Palileo will be working with Mentor, visual artist Chitra Ganesh on research/portrait project on her “chosen family”, her LGBTQ peers, that will result in a new body of paintings.
Rebecca Patek is a New York-based choreographer and performance artist creating work that synthesizes dance, theater and comedy. She is a 2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant recipient. Patek has been an Artist in Residence at Movement Research, Atlantic Center for the Arts and at Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts) as part of Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program. Patek’s work has been presented at The Museum of Arts and Design, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, Triple Canopy, Prelude Festival, and Dixon Place, among other venues. Works commissioned in 2012-14 include “you and i of the storm” for the Museum of Arts and Design, “Real Eyes” for The Chocolate Factory Theater and “ineter(a)nal f/ear” as part of Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter and American Realness at Abrons Art Center.
Patek will be working with Mentor, Big Art Group founder Caden Manson on a performance project that tells the story of an infamous crime from the 1920’s (the Leopold and Loeb case) through the lens of a family history.
Grey Vild is a poet and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn. Vild’s work has appeared in THEM, Elderly, and Hue. He has a chapbook, entitled Go to Naples and Fuck Yourself, forthcoming from EOAGH.
Vild will be working with Mentor, poet, editor and arts administrator Stacy Szymaszek on a serial poem that will be turned into a chapbook.
Steven Wilsey is an award-winning filmmaker who received a MFA in film directing from Columbia University. He also has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. His documentary work has won him a student Emmy as well as Best Documentary Short at NewFest in New York City and his films have screened in festivals around the world. Red Car, his most recent film, is a narrative short pulled from his childhood experience in rural Oregon.
Wilsey will be working with Mentor, director and screenwriter Stacie Passon to develop a screenplay for a modern queer thriller that reveals gay characters not often portrayed in film.
Seyi Adebanjo, is a Queer, gender-non-conforming, Nigerian artist living in the South Bronx. As a media artist Seyi raises awareness around social issues through digital video, multimedia photography and writings. Seyi’s work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics. Seyi has been an accomplished artist, performing with Sharon Bridgforth and performing at the Walker Art Center. Seyi’s work has recently been screened at the Bronx Documentary Center and the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival. Seyi has been a Project Involve Fellow and City Lore Documentary Institute scholarship recipient. Seyi is currently artist in residence with Allgo working on The Orita Project, an international film and performance endeavor.
Adebanjo will be working with Mentor, documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen on a film experimenting with ritual, the erotic and gender through the Yorùbá religion as both a culture and spiritual practice.
Boureau will be working on a play entitled Helps to Hate you a Little with Mentor, actor and playwright Moe Angelos.
Bridget de Gersigny
Bridget de Gersigny, is a South African visual artist based in Brooklyn, working primarily in video, installation, and sound. Having grown up under apartheid and experiencing the ripping shift from oppression to democracy in her teens, made her super aware of the space between impassioned belief and error. A place where fundamental ideologies collided. She creates interactive multimedia installations, bringing to consciousness aspects of those things, like looking at very long histories or different ways of relations of how things exist and shape our perceptions. Her work engages in the intersection of the queer community and other communities. Bridget is a 2013 ICP-Bard MFA graduate and holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, in Psychology and Literature, and Art from University of South Africa.
Gersigny will be working with Mentor, visual artist Carlos Motta, on a project that explores queer history and cultural difference in Brooklyn.
Nicole Goodwin, was the recipient of City’s College’s The Riggs Gold Medal Essay Award for 2011 and finalist for the Poets House’s 2013 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship Program and a fellow of the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color. She is the former editor of the Escriba/Write, winner of the 2006 CCHA Eastern Region Small Journal Award. A single mother, she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Anthropology from City College of New York in June of 2011. Recently, she published an article “Talking with My Daughter…” for the New York Times Parents Blog, and will be featured in the upcoming documentary film “Tough Love.”
Goodwin will be working with Mentor, writer Jaime Manrique on a poetic project exploring gender and race identity and homeless LGBTQ youth.
Rick Herron, is a curator, artist, writer and museum worker from Plattsburg, MO. He has participated in projects with Visual AIDS, Elmgreen & Dragset, Michael Alan Alien, palissimo, Dis Magazine, and many others. He recently curated queer performance for The LGBT Center at the Ideas City festival including artists such as Buzz Slutzky, Ann Liv Young, Becca Blackwell and Dandy Darkly. Since 2007 he has worked at the New Museum where he is Assistant Manager of Visitor Services.
Herron will be working with Mentor, curator Pati Hertling, on an exhibition about the legacy of Keith Haring for the Spirit Museum in Stockholm.
Peter Knegt, is a writer, filmmaker and blogger born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He was worked primarily and extensively as a film journalist, most notably for New York-based online magazine Indiewire, where he’s worked since 2006 and currently serves as their Senior Writer. His first book, About Canada: Queer Rights — a historical account of LGBT activism in Canada — was released in 2011. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of Picton Picturefest, a film festival for youth in rural Canada, and recently completed work on his first short film, “Good Morning.”
Knegt will be working with Mentor, actor, novelist, and playwright James Lecesne on a literary work based on his experience at “The Pilgrimage”, a portable-film-festival odyssey in the Scottish Highlands organized by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins.
Natalia Leite, is an artist and filmmaker, born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She began her career showcasing art films in galleries in Sao Paulo and San Francisco. Since moving to New York in 2006, she has directed music videos, docs, and short films which have screened in numerous festivals internationally. She is currently working on her first feature film, Bare, produced by Derrick Tseng (Prince Avalanche, Party Monster), Alexandra Roxo, and Dahlia Heyman. She is also co-directing a documentary called Shooting Serrano, produced by VICE, the comedy web series, Be Here Nowish, and a pilot for a VICE Series called Every Woman. She is a recipient of the Kodak Student Grant Award and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Finalist. Her work can be seen on: www.gotpurplemilk.com.
Leite will be working with Mentor, narrative filmmaker Rose Troche on her first feature length film about a young woman living life to the fullest in Nevada.
Troy Michie, is a visual artist who was born and raised in Southwest Texas. Utilizing the methodologies of collage and assemblage, he investigates the boundaries between race and sexuality. His work has been exhibited at Anna Kustera Gallery, The Stedelijk Museum s-Hertogenbosch, and will be included in “Outside the Lines” an upcoming group exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. He received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from Yale School of Art.
Michie will be working with Mentor, visual artist Geoff Chadsey on a series of sculptures and mixed media works inspired by Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest.
Colin Self & Lain Kay
Colin Self, composes and choreographs new trajectories for Global Queer Consciousness. His performances explore aesthetic temperament between vocality, violence, popular culture, and sincerity. Spanning a transdisciplinary lifestyle, Colin seeks to embellish diverse cultures with queer presence and develop a highly stylized language of transnational communication. Through his performance work, community organization, and personal life, Colin exhibits the power and beauty of feminized identities as a constant praxes of collective resistance.
Lain Kay, is a cross disciplinary artist focused in the mystique of identity branding. Graduate of California College of the Arts with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, his senior work portrays multiples of himself acting out appropriated cliches within art history and nationalistic propaganda. Indicative of a tounge-and-cheek punk attitude; these aesthetics inform and modify more recent performance works. Through mostly collaborative, music driven projects, Lain Kay positions himself as faux pop star with a tabloid tragicness. This playful hypocrisy of ethics invites commodification, but intends to perform a mockery of class values in our culture, and the timelessness of power and spectacle.
Self and Kay will be working as a collaborative pair on a multimedia installation and performance on gendered pop culture and consumerism with Mentor, Big Art Group founder Caden Manson.
Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová
Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová, is a poet, artist, and translator originally from Slovakia, now living in NYC. Xeňa has performed in venues such as the Poetry Project, Dixon Place, Interstate Projects, Bowery Poetry Club, Michelle Tea’s RADAR, Panpoly Performance Laboratory, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, the Lynn Redgrave Theater, Page 22 Poetry Parlor, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, the Leslie Lohman Gallery, and many others. She is a Poets House 2013 Fellow; and is the Editor of What Now, an audio anthology of poetry. Her project SHE is upcoming as both a book and a performance in 2014.
Semjonová will be working on writings focused on trans voice and experience with Mentor, performance artist and musician Geo Wyeth.
Kyle Coniglio is a painter who was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a 2012 MFA graduate of the Yale school of art and recently completed an affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Currently Coniglio works in Hoboken, NJ and teaches at William Paterson University.
Kyle will be working with Geoff Chadsey on a series of self-portrait based paintings that combine anecdote and allegory.
Michael De Angelis
Michael De Angelis is a visual artist who has created video, sound, costume, prop and set pieces for theater companies HalfStraddle, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and performance artists Becca Blackwell, Eliza Bent and Dave Malloy among others. He has also assisted on and produced projects for visual artists Sharon Hayes, Matthew Buckingham and Andrea Geyer. Commercially, Michael has shot, edited and produced video content for various websites such as BigThink.com and MarloThomas.com on Huffington Post and AOL.
Michael will be working with Dan Hurlin on an experimental video piece that explores the way a queer history is perceived.
Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who makes videos, installations, prints, and books. She also participates in collaborative shenanigans and site-specific adventures. Her work wrestles with the relationship between private emotion and political consciousness. She’s particularly fond of anything that has to do with waste, memory, or failure. Downey’s work has recently been exhibited at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Invisible Dog, A.I.R Gallery, and The Bronx River Arts Center. She has been a contributing member of art collective Action Club since 2009. She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from Hunter College.
Kerry Downey will work with Angela Dufresne on a recent video project shot in a derelict office building in midtown. They’ll also be working out the kinks in Downey’s new print series “Phantom Bounce,” a group of monotypes about phantom boobs.
Thomas Dozol was born in Martinique and schooled in Economics, Social Studies, and Theatre in Paris. In 2002, he moved from Paris to New York as a stage actor, and became involved, among other things, with budding cabaret act The Citizens Band. Rather than performing he decided to document and photograph the lead up to their first show at Deitch Projects. The resulting portfolio received great attention, successfully launching him as a published photographer with exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Sau Paolo.
Thomas will be working with Billy Miller.
Camilo Godoy is an artist engaged in a multidisciplinary art practice. His work addresses the politics of citizenship and migration, and is influenced by strategies of queer politics and theory. He received a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2012. Camilo is a co-founder of QUEEROCRACY and a staff member of Immigrant Movement International.
Camilo will be working with Carlos Motta on a project about the meaning of freedom in an effort to interrogate and examine prisons.
Reina Gossett & Sasha Wortzel
Reina Gossett lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and believes creativity & imagination are vital in movements for self determination. She is a trans activist & artist, working as membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and blogging at thespiritwas.tumblr.com
Sasha Wortzel is a media artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY, working in film/video, installation, and sound. In addition to experimental and documentary film, she creates interactive multimedia installations that utilize physical computing and programming. She has most recently presented work at the Guggenheim Lab NYC, MIX NY Queer Experimental Film Festival, Leslie Lohman Gay Arts Foundation, and at film festivals nationally. She also produces and hosts a weekly radio program about queer art, culture, and politics. She is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg/Big Arts grant and is currently artist in residence at the Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center where she is researching women sailors.
Ryan Henneberry, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, received his MFA in fiction from The New School. Since then, he has been teaching English, history, and public speaking at an independent school in New York City.
Ryan will be working with Sarah Schulman on a novel.
Melissa Li is a songwriter, composer, and recipient of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award. Her first full-length musicalSurviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive) opened in Boston later that year and received the IRNE award for Best New Play. Since then, Melissa has toured nationally in the queer music/poetry group Good Asian Drivers and pop-rock band MLBT. Currently she is working with playwright Letta Neely on 99% Stone, a musical based on the Stonewall riots to be fully produced in 2014. In addition, she is writing another untitled musical with poet Kit Yan, based on their experiences on the road. In her spare time, she writes music for mobile games and apps (Atari, Paul Frank). Melissa lives in Brooklyn.
Melissa will be working with Moe Angelos on an as-yet-untitled musical based on my life on tour with Good Asian Drivers in the summer of 2009.
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His poems and translations have appeared in Boston Review, DIAGRAM, Guernica, and Sidebrow. A 2011 Poetry Fellow from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is the Managing Director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center.
Ricky will be working with Stacy Szymaszek on a sequence of poems.
iele paloumpis is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher. Having been raised by a disabled parent facing ablism, abuse and resulting poverty, iele thinks a lot about disability justice, youth advocacy, and classism in relation to dance and the work that they do. At the center of their practice are ideas exploring body
iele will be working with Trajal Harrell as they further develop call back all the birds (working title) – a new performance piece in collaboration jung-eun kim aka je, with musical accompaniment by Joanna Groom. This work in progress is supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Lauren Wolkstein is an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University. She was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. Her last short film, The Strange Ones, co-directed with Christopher Radcliff, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Wolkstein wrapped production on her latest short film, Social Butterfly, which was shot in the South of France.
Lauren will be working with Rose Troche on the development of her first feature film.
Hima B / Jess Barbagallo / Yve Laris Cohen / Pilar Gallego / Pati Hertling / Darren Jones / Saeed Jones / Xavi Marrades / Edward McDonald / Tommy Pico / Harrison Rivers / Guadalupe Rosales / Jacolby Satterwhite / Justin Sayre / Aldrin Valdez
Hima B. is a director & producer who makes social issue documentaries, narratives, experimental films and videos that explore the intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, labor, & economics, especially as they relate to queer people, people of color, & women and girls. Hima B will be working with Matt Wolf.
Jess Barbagallo is a writer and performer. She has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission), I’ll Meet You in Tijuana (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project), and Men’s Creative Writing Group (Playwriting Resident of the Invisible Dog Art Center). She is a series regular on season two of the web series Gay’s Anatomy (Karina Mangu-Ward/Bobby Hodgson). Jess Barbagallo will be working with Stacy Szymaszek.
Yve Laris Cohen
Yve Laris Cohen makes performances, objects, and the occasional video. All of it is dance. Yve was a 2010 Fresh Tracks resident at Dance Theater Workshop, and is currently a Movement Research Artist in Residence. Yve Laris Cohen will be working with Justin Vivian Bond.
Pilar Gallego is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and queer community activist. They are interested in exploring and developing a visual language that speaks to and of gender, feminism, and minority representations. Pilar Gallego will be working with Nicole Eisenman.
Pati Hertling is a New York-based curator and writer. Since 2005 she has been working on small, independent curatorial projects. Hertling has authored texts on artists and art. Texts include a short essay in the catalogue for modern at the Chelsea Art Museum, an interview with Jonathan Horowitz for an exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK, an essay for a Hayley Tompkins catalogue published by the Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK and a review of a Collier Schorr exhibition in Berlin for V Magazine. She is currently working on a publication on Art Law. Pati Hertling will be working with Hilton Als.
Darren Jones is an artist, curator and writer from Scotland, now based in New York. As an artist he has exhibited in over 80 exhibitions including the 2010 Moscow Biennial for Young Art as and the 2009 Queens International Biennial at the Queens Museum, NY. He remains an independent curator and is currently working on several exhibitions including the largest survey of Scottish contemporary art ever to be shown in New York. Jones is a contributing critic for ArtUS Magazine. Darren Jones will be working with Jonathan Katz.
A 2010 Pushcart Prize Nominee, Saeed Jones‘ poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like Hayden’s Ferry Review, StorySouth, Jubilat, West Branch, Weave, The Collagist & Line Break. Saeed Jones will be working with Sarah Schulman.
Xavier Marrades is a filmmaker born in Barcelona in 1979. His works are primarily documentaries and are influenced by his strong photographic and musical background. Xavier Marrades will be working with Barbara Hammer.
The films Edward McDonald has produced or directed have aired on cable television and screened at festivals all over the world including: Telluride, Outfest, Newfest, 38th Annual Student Academy Awards, Slamdace, Palm Springs, Woodstock, Cinequest, Clermont-Ferrand, and Gen Art. Edward McDonald will be working with Jennie Livingston.
Tommy Pico is the driving force behind birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective and small press that publishes art and writing. Pico has read his unique mash-ups of prose and poetry for, among others, the HOT! Festival, Nuclear Poetry, Polestar Poetry, Pussy Faggot, Brother My Lover, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Nerve.com. Tommy Pico will be working with Pamela Sneed.
Harrison David Rivers is a Kansas born New York based playwright. His work has been developed and produced at The American Airlines Theater on Broadway, Lincoln Center, Atlantic Theater, the Lucille Lortel Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage, the McGinn-Cazale Theater, Atlantic Stage 2, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, the 45th Street Theater, Dixon Place, 3LD Art & Technology Center, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Sundance Theater Lab on Governor’s Island. Harrison Rivers will be working with John Kelly.
Guadalupe Rosales is a New York based artist. Her most recent projects take the form of installation, sculpture, textiles, costuming, drawing, and collaborating. Guadalupe Rosales will be working with Louise Fishman.
Jacolby Satterwhite is a multimedia artist born in Columbia, South Carolina. He’s recieved residencies at Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Harvestworks, Center For Photography at Woodstock and Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown. Jacolby Satterwhite will be working with Angela Dufresne.
Justin Sayre is an actor, writer and director based in New York. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in New York, including Michael Howard, Austin Pendleton and Joanna Merlin. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, Judy hands, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. Justin Sayre will be working with Everett Quinton.
Aldrin Valdez is a painter and writer based in New York City. Valdez is a Contributing Writer for ArtSlant and has been published in the Brooklyn Rail. Valdez is co-founder of Foundational Sharing, a series of queer readings, performances, and publications, with artist and organizer Ted Kerr. Aldrin Valdez will be working with Deborah Kass.