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Kjerstin Rossi

Film

Singing Was the Only Way Through

Documentary

Photographs of asylum inmates dance with the ghosts of doctors and speak with the spirits of plants in this hybrid documentary that explores the mind’s ability to heal from pain. “Singing Was the Only Way Through” uses charcoal and collage animation, time-lapse photography, and a journey through the grounds of an abandoned psychiatric institution to reflect on a power shared by doctors and artists to mold the meaning of our collective realities. It wonders what we lose when we pathologize the full range of our emotions and yet still fail to alleviate the suffering of those of us in anguish. Are we crazy or do we live in a crazy world? Who has the power to decide?

Credits

Writer/Director: Kjerstin Rossi

Featuring

Additional Camera:
Marcelitte Failla
Magnus Rosengarten
Noriko Sugiura
Uladzimir Taukachou
Niknaz Tavakolian

Filmmaker

Kjerstin Rossi

Kjerstin Rossi is a filmmaker and editor. Her editing credits include “The Lazarus Effect”, an HBO production that examines the impact of free Antiretroviral medicines in Zambia, “Collaborators” about filmmaker Spike Jonze and his creative team, and the feature documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” about the legendary Broadway actor. “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was nationally released in 2014. Kjerstin has edited several experimental documentary works, including Wangechi Mutu’s “Mud Fountain” (Deutsch Guggenheim, 2010), Anna Gaskell’s “SOSW Ballet” (acquired by Whitney Museum, 2011), and Wangechi Mutu’s “Eat Cake” (Brooklyn Museum, 2013). Her experimental short “Super Queers” premiered at the Tate Modern and she is currently directing “Singing Was the Only Way Through”, a short hybrid documentary related to the psychiatric survivor movement.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Documentary

Quote

“They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me.”
― Nathaniel Lee, Playwright, 1684

Credits

La Palabra – Cinematographer
Boat Graveyard – Additional Camera
Toasted Marshmallows – Additional Camera

Elizabeth Welch

Film

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Documentary

Don’t Feed the Trolls is a film both by and for the fans. It is a documentary which delves into the world of fandoms by giving real fans the narrative power. Distinct as individuals, but united in their message, fans will explore the existence of stereotypical “nerd” representations in the media and explore hidden facets of fandom communities.

Credits

Producer: Nicole Louise Melleby

Director of Photography: Elizabeth Welch
1st Assistant Camera: Drew Robinson

Editor: Elizabeth Welch

Sound Designer: Elizabeth Welch

Featuring

Lauren Larson, Liv Moreno, Francesca Coppa, Jennifer Ofenstein, Oliver, Andrew Sciallo

Filmmaker

Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth Welch is an award winning filmmaker and scholarly writer with specialties in video editing, socially conscious documentaries, and film theory. Her film credits include Freedom Summer, Trigger Warning, and Natural Tendency. In addition to her film work, she has a number of publications to her and name and has been invited to present her works at many academic conferences.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Documentary

Contact Elizabeth

http://www.dont-feed-the-trolls.com

Ashton Pina

Film

The Brothers Texas

Fiction

Every family has a secret and The Brothers Texas are no different. After their mother abandons them, Austin and Dallas are left to raise their little brother, Houston. On his 13th birthday, Houston finally builds up the courage to ask his crush to be his girl but will all his wishes come true?

Credits

Writer/Director: Ashton Pina
Assistant Director: Ashley George
Producer: Ashton Pina, Anna Pina & Kyle Ishmael
Co-Producers: Julie Ann Lucas
Director of Photography: Roberto Collado
1st Assistant Camera: Yung Jen Yang
2nd Assistant Camera: Emanuele Michetti
Gaffer(s): Yung Jen Yang
Editor: Uladzimir Taukachou

Sound Designer: Cherelle Crews
Sound Mixer: Joe Marquet
Production Designer: Penelope Yiallouridou

Production Manager: Phillip Forrest
Production Assistant(s): Katy DiRenzo, Evan Watson, Sabrina Colie & Sarah Kim
Special Thanks: CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, Teresa Horvath, David Covington, Antonio Tabaldi, Chantal Akerman

Cast

Houston – Emmanuel Udeagha
Dallas – Ashton Pina
Austin – Alexander McEwen
Vanessa – Bella Achu
Dr. X – Danny Borbon
Tiffany – Vassiliki Ellwood
Mr. Pinto – Gary Robinson
Assistant – Babene Olaya
Timothy – Chris Bennett

Filmmaker

Ashton Pina

Ethnically infused with Cape Verdean, Ashton Pina hails from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was born to enlighten, entertain and engage the world through innovative and inspiring creations. After graduating from Florida International University in 2010, the star moved to New York City, where all his dreams are coming true. Ashton has been blessed with amazing opportunities throughout his young career including working with Nelson George, Diane Martel, and Beyonce. He recently finished directing and staring in the new outrageous web comedy, The Out Crowd. Ashton’s an inaugural BAAD! Artist. At the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Ashton is developing the stage play, WERQ! The Dragsical!, a coming of drag tale, that is set to premiere in 2014. Ashton is a recipient of the Riant Theatre Youth Empowerment Award and is a Class of 2014 MFA in Media Arts Production Candidate at The City College of New York. Ashton believes the biggest dreams can come true with courage, hard WERQ and dedication! He’s thankful to God, his family, and to all his pNutz for their love and support!

Specialization

Writing & Directing Fiction

Quote

“Never Stop Dreaming!”

Contact Ashton

http://www.ashtonpina.com/www.thebrotherstexas.com

Marcelitte L. Failla

Film

Toasted Marshmallows

Documentary

Anoushka Ratnarajah grew up in a mixed race family in a conservative town plagued with racial discrimination where questions like “what are you?” and “where are you from?” were part of her daily existence. After her Sri Lankan grandmother passes it becomes more difficult to connect to the culture she was separated from. Through their grief, Anoushka and her father take an unforgettable first journey to the place of their homeland to meet family they never knew they had and uncover the distant parts of their heritage.

Credits

Writer/Director: Marcelitte Failla

Producer: Anoushka Ratnarajah

Director of Photography: Marcelitte Failla
1st Assistant Camera: Kjerstin Rossi

Editor: Marcelitte Failla

Sound Designer: Marcelitte Failla

Production Designer: Marcelitte Failla

Special Thanks: Dave and Janice Ratnarajah Marcelitte T. and Robert Failla

Featuring

Anoushka Ratnarajah
Dave Ratnarajah
Janice Ratnarajah
Sister Lucy

Filmmaker

Marcelitte Failla

Filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist, Marcelitte Failla, was raised in Gresham, Oregon. After growing up in a mixed race family and experiencing the racism of conservative America, Marcelitte committed to producing work that examines and complicates conversations around gender, race and sexuality. Her film Uncovering Color, which looks at how skin-color effects Black communities, premiered at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in L.A. and has shown in numerous cities across the U.S. Her most recent film, Under Durham’s Sky premiered in April, 2013 at the San Antonio Q-fest and her written work can be found in the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Documentary

Contact Marcelitte

http://www.toastedmarshmallowsproject.com

Roberto Collado Anzaldua

Film

A Saturday Morning

Fiction

Negra and Tapon work with the full intention of fighting against their reality. They have had enough and will not settle for what life has given them, even if it means loosing a bit of their humanity.

Three teens head to breakfast at a high end restaurant in their new car. They have no care in the world other than gossip when was the last shooting in this dangerous town of northern Mexico.

Characters from different worlds in the same city – two different realities existing during a silent war.

Credits

Writer/Director: Roberto Collado-Anzaldua
Assistant Director: Leonardo Collado-Anzaldua & Ricardo Lopez
Producer: Lucia Elizabeth Anzaldua
Co-Producers: Roberto Collado & Dulce Navar
Director of Photography: Roberto Collado-Anzaldua
1st Assistant Camera: Yung-Jen Yang
2nd Assistant Camera: Carlos Collado-Anzaldua
Gaffer(s): Yung-Jen Yang
Editor: Roberto Collado

Sound Designer: Uladzimir Taukachou
Sound Mixer: Uladzimir Taukachou
Production Designer: Sebastian Chirinos
Script Supervisor: Ricardo Lopez
Production Manager: Dulce Navar
Production Assistant(s): Tatsumi Matsumoto & Ramiro Rojas
Special Thanks: Francisco Hernandez Montemayor

Cast

Negra – Mayte Torres
Tapon – Luis Enrique Luna
Flaco – Manuel Montantes
Monstruo – Demetrio Avila
Bagre – Yarith Ali
Andres – Carlos Aurelio
Monica – Lucia Patricia Camarillo
Marco – Olaf Velazquez

Filmmaker

Roberto Collado

Born on January 16, 1985 in Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Collado began his artistic interest at a very early age. He studied in the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico. He plays a variety of instruments ranging from classical guitar to the Native American flute.

By the age of 20, he decided to become an actor and applied for the Theater, Film and Television program at The University of Texas-Pan American. There he was introduced to the technical aspects of film where he found his true passion.

He received his Bachelor’s in 2009, having participated in more than 20 productions, including his first feature film, 11 Years of Nightmares and a Wasted Lifetime.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Fiction

Credits

The Brother’s Texas – Cinematographer
Sunny Side – Cinematographer
Fiction #4 – For Sofia – Director

Contact Roberto

http://www.facebook.com/newthings.prod

Yung-Jen Yang

Film

Sweet Sixteen

Fiction

Her only wish on her 16th birthday quickly turns into a nightmare. Haley, an adopted Chinese American girl wants to find out about her biological family in China. In searching for her loved ones, she uncovers a 16-year old secret.

Credits

Writer/Director: Yung-Jen Yang
Assistant Director: Sarah Kim
Producer: Felicia Bradford
Co-Producers: Fan He
Director of Photography: Warut Snidvongs
1st Assistant Camera: Jeanette Sears

Gaffer(s): Jesse Deganis Librera, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
Editor: Yung-Jen Yang

Sound Designer: Sungting Yang
Sound Mixer: Sungting Yang
Production Designer: Julianne Irene
Script Supervisor: Kanchalee Wijakpaisarn

Production Assistant(s): Cathy Jiang, Ying-Chih Chang
Special Thanks: Priuz Alemi, Sabrina Colie, Hye-Young Choi, Youngki Jin, Sue Lee, Ariel Ruiz, Natasha Soto, Kjerstin Rossi

Cast

Haley – Alison Chi
Michelle – Joelene Wolfe
Edward – Larry Shagawat
Pei-ning – Lucy Zhou
Shao-an – Ray Sheen

Filmmaker

Yung-Jen Yang

Originally from Taiwan, Yung-Jen Yang is a narrative filmmaker, with a love for making horror and thriller films. After receiving his Bachelors of Art from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, he worked in many facets of productions, before coming to America to pursue his MFA from City College. He has traveled all around the United States and Mexico embracing new cultures and people since being in school. He looks forward to making feature films!!!

Specialization

Writing & Directing Fiction

Credits

Sabado por la Manana – 1st Assistant Camera
A fate of fruit – 1st Assistant Camera
Picnic – Editor

Contact Yung-Jen

https://vimeo.com/user18371947

Uladzimir Taukachou

Film

ENERGY 11105

Documentary

The boat graveyard is one of the largest collections of historical boats in the United States. They all have their own life story, but many of these stories have disappeared with the crew and captains. This short documentary brings audience to an amazing journey to the mysterious shipyard, revealing complex layers materials of boats’ constructions. This is part of their unique language, which the film explores visually.

Credits

Writer/Director: Uladzimir Taukachou

Producer: Uladzimir Taukachou

Director of Photography: Uladzimir Taukachou

Editor: Uladzimir Taukahcou

Sound Designer: Uladzimir Taukahcou

Production Assistant(s): Noriko Sugiura
Special Thanks: Dave Davidson

Featuring

Additional Camera:
Kjerstin Rossi, Marcelitte Failla, Veronika Savitski, Noriko Sugiura

Filmmaker

Uladzimir Taukachou

Uladzimir Taukachou born and raised in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the US from totalitarian Belarus in his twenties. An accomplished cinematographer specializing in scripted, unscripted, documentary, fiction, short and feature films. He brings his unique vision to his work and problem solving having lived in two opposite systems communism and capitalism.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Documentary

Quote

There are no rules in art

Contact Uladzimir

http://www.utcinema.com

Fan He

Film

Picnic

Fiction

Through a little boy’s magical journey in life, his expectations of “family” are always set very high. After failing to achieve this many times, we find that he is repeating the life of his parents…

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Credits

Writer/Director: Fan He
Assistant Director: Yifeng Li
Producer: H.C Fang/ Bingqiao Zhou/ Zirui Lv/ Liu He/Fan He
Co-Producers: Yinghua Wong
Director of Photography: Gordon Yu
1st Assistant Camera: Jeanette Sears
Gaffer(s): Muge, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
Editor: Yung-jen Yang
Sound Designer: William Hsieh
Sound Mixer: Youngki Jin
Production Designer: Seungwon Park, Esther Pang
Script Supervisor: Kanchalee Wijakpaisarn, Jingyang Cheng
Production Assistant(s): Bendi Liu, Zhifan Jia
Special Thanks: Youngki Jin, Felicia Bradford

Cast

Colin Chen, Monica Liang, Fenton Li, Alestair Shu, Seunghyun Hwang, Xin-Zhong Du, Sarah Polen, Geoff Lee, Yoyo Yang

Filmmaker

Fan He

Fan He is a MFA candidate at City College of New York. Born from Hubei, China, Fan is now exploring his creative career in New York City. His short film Morning Song won Best Fiction at CUNY Asian American Film Festival in New York and got selected by festivals both in Beijing and Taiwan. In 2013, Fan made another short film Red Fog which represents the air pollution problem in China, the film catches attention from audiences both in China and abroad. It has been selected by Student Academy Awards- Regional Semifinalist, Palm Spring International ShortFest and other festivals all over the world.

Before film, Fan He was once vice chief editor at soufun.com (NYSE: SFUN) and vice chief editor at Mtime.com (Biggest movie website in China). In 2012, Fan He started to take charge of the new media distribution works at Huayi Brothers Media Group. He is a pioneer of short film international distribution. In 2013, Fan He launched his own distribution company EnMaze Pictures LLC in New York City. enMaze Pictures focuses on short film production and new media distribution, helps amazing short films to find their global audiences.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Fiction

Credits

Sunny Side – Producer
Red Fog – Producer/Director
Morning Song – Producer/Director

Sonya Denise Reed

Film

Portraits Of An Incest Survivor

Documentary

A picture is worth a thousand words. PORTRAIT OF AN INCEST SURVIVOR, will paint a picture and each stroke will be a brief look into the lives of five extraordinary and courageous people from different cultures, backgrounds and walks of life who have survived the trauma of being sexually abused not by a stranger, but by a member of their family. Poetry and an interview with Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us” and founder of GEMS (Girls Educational Mentoring Services) weave the film together as Alviria, Angelia, Ashton, Jamillah and Soyini break their silence to tell their stories of surviving incest.

Credits

Writer/Director: Sonya Denise Reed

Producer: Sonya Denise Reed

Director of Photography: Brad Toms
1st Assistant Camera: Uladzimir Taukachou
2nd Assistant Camera: Noriko Sugiura

Editor: Somaliah “Trinity” Williams

Sound Designer: Cuetrax
Sound Mixer: Cuetrax

Production Assistant(s): Michelle Reaves and Gail Harry
Special Thanks: Pastor A.R. Bernard and Christian Cultural Center Church

Featuring

Soyini Crenshaw, Alvira Key, Jamillah Z. Peyton, Ashton Pina, Angelia Williams, featuring Rachel Lloyd

Filmmaker

Sonya Reed

Sonya Denise Reed is a graduate student at The City College of New York and the founder of Alabaster Box Productions.

Her background in both newspaper and broadcast journalism opened the doors to becoming a documentary film maker.

She has worked as freelance writer, producer and director, and is currently a part time production associate for Maysles Documentary Film Center in Harlem, New York.

Her previous film credits include the documentary short film “The Story of Joan, Angel Advocate” about the brutal rape and murder of 8 year old Joan D’Alessandro by a high school math teacher and her mother’s relentless 30 year battle to change the laws of imprisonment for child killers, and the narrative short films “The First Lady” and “HIV, Happiness Is Vanished”.

As an artist, Sonya remains true to her calling by knowing who she is.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Documentary

Quote

“I do not “want” to be a filmmaker, I “am” a filmmaker.” “If you know who you are, you will remain true to yourself and create films that are authentic and not like someone else’s.”

Credits

“Double Take-Director”

Youngki Jin

Film

Sunnyside

Fiction

Fernando, a Latino day laborer tries to find a job on the streets of Queens in New York City, however, he fails to do so. Instead of waiting on the street to find his next job he tries to find one himself. Finally, he finds a job as a snow-shoveler. This film follows a day in the life of a day laborer.

Credits

Writer/Director: YoungKi Jin
Assistant Director: Natasha Soto
Producer: YoungKi Jin
Co-Producers: Fan He
Director of Photography: Roberto Collado
1st Assistant Camera: Jeanette Sears
2nd Assistant Camera: Yung-Jen Yang
Gaffer(s): Warut Snidvongs, Xaisongkham
Editor: Sarah Kim
Sound Designer: YoungKi Jin
Sound Mixer: Napat Snidvongs
Production Designer: Seungwon Park
Script Supervisor: Kanchalee Wijakpaisarn
Production Manager: EunSeok Choi
Production Assistant(s): Arum Jung, Seunghyun Hwang, Jonah Park, Jinyoung Huh, Jaewoo Park
Special Thanks: Haesun, my wife, my parents and sister, Melissa Butler, Dulce Navar

Cast

New York Cast

Fernando – Israel Islas Bustamante
Flesh guy – Plinio Villablanca
Subway Girl – Melissa Butler
Subway Guy – Fan He
Pick up guy 1 – Donghwan Lee
Pick up guy 2 – Jaewoo Park
Deli Owner – Donghun Park
Korean Girl – IVY Yoon

Mexico Cast

MARIA – Blanca Leticia Guerra
SOL  – Ismael Fernandez
LUNA – Dora Elizabeth Morales
ABUELA – Maria Orfelinda Trejo
COYOTE  – Javier Trevino
AMIGO – Max Morales

Filmmaker

Youngki Jin

YoungKi Jin (B, in Seoul, South Korea) is a Writer/Director. After studying film at Jeonju University, he worked as a writer and Assistant director for Korean Production Company. He is studying for his MFA in Film directing at The City College of New York. He has made movies related to family problems such as how characters can sustain and love their families.

Specialization

Writing & Directing Fiction

Credits

Sunnyside – Writer & Director
A Saturday Morning – Production Sound
The Fate of Fruit – Production Sound

Contact Youngki

http://vimeo.com/filmmakerjin