ANNA FRANQUESA SOLANO
Born in Barcelona, Anna is a New York based cinematographer who has worked extensively in film and documentary. Anna has benefited from her background in Art History and Theory, from which she still draws a great deal of influence. Her most recent work, Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell”, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Other of her feature film work includes “Buck run” which premiered at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019, and “Indiana” which was selected at Sitges International Film Festival, and Fantasia Film Festival among others. Anna’s work has also played in festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Oldenburg International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Docs Barcelona, Hamptons International Film Festival.
MARK A. TERRY
Mark A. Terry is a Production Designer, Art Director, and Graphic Artist for Film & TV. His professional experience has accumulated over 10 years & 40+ productions in an array of capacities. He has worked for numerous production companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Quibi, Lifetime, Sony, CBS, PBS, Showtime, along with many others. He currently resides in Mobile, AL, and continuously works throughout the south east region. He is a member of IATSE local 478 & Local 800-Art Directors Guild.
NIEVES GARCIA PERCHIN
Pulkit Datta is a film producer, director, programmer, and community organizer. He has worked on the creative development and production of a range of international projects, including scripted films, documentaries, commercials, short films, music videos, and multimedia campaigns. Pulkit is active in the filmmaking community, setting up incubator initiatives for South Asian filmmakers, and as a member of Asian American Doc Network, Center for Asian American Media, and as an alum of IFP and the Impact Partners Producing Fellowship. He serves as a consultant and programmer for several film festivals and events working towards greater South Asian inclusion in the mainstream. He is also the Artistic Director of the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, which is part of the Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF) 2020.
Sola Fasehun works in Film/TV sales, distribution, producing, music, and event planning in NYC. She graduated undergrad with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a BHA degree. After CMU, Sola moved to LA and worked under Academy Award winning producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, The Sting) in Beverly Hills. She also began an independent film company: Fasehun Films.
Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer and film director. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998. Shortly thereafter, he attended Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. After graduating, Alves worked as an assistant to then-New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). In 2007, Flavio returned to school to study film production at NYU, where he received the Technosphere Award for Outstanding Achievement. His debut feature film, The Garden Left Behind (2019), premiered at SXSW, where it won the Audience Award. In 2018, Alves received The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy fellowship, and in 2019, he was selected to Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Directing Program, aimed at creating equal opportunities for minorities behind the camera. He is also the recipient of grants from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts PEN America and Jerome Foundation.
CHESTER ALGERNAL GORDON
Chester Algernal Gordon (Producer & Costume Designer): In 2019 Gordon became the first gender non-binary African-American costume designer to compete in competition at Cannes Film Festival with “Port Authority”. In the last 4 years they’ve produced a fleet of acclaimed short films and a feature documentary called “Pier Kids”. Gordon was also a winner of the Tribeca Film Institute’s 2019, TFI All Access Grant and TFI Pond5 Program. Gordon is a Film Independent 2019 Producing Lab & Fast Track Lab fellow. Gordon’s films have been official selection and won many awards in over 200 festivals combined including Berlin, SXSW, BFI, Outfest, New Orleans, Cleveland, Athens, Palm Springs, Blackstar, and the American Black Film Festival. They’re also a producer for the MIPCOM 2018 winner – GLAAD nominated documentary TV series, “My House”, on Viceland. Gordon’s latest shorts “Buck” and “Ship” are Sundance Film Festival 2020 world premieres.
Rabia Sultana is a British-Pakistani film producer working in NYC and LA. Select credits include: “Angelfish” (TIFF Next Wave, rapper Princess Nokia’s feature film debut); “Extra Innings” (Winner Best Feature Manhattan Film Film Festival); “Interference” (NBC/Universal Film Festival, BAMCinematek New Voices in Black Cinema Festival); “Friendly Neighborhood Coven” (DUMBO Film Festival, Golden State Film Festival), “Ladies Lounge” (Winner Los Angeles Cinefest, Oaxaca Film Festival). She also worked on the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard winner, “The Climb” and produced the comedy films “Are You Happy Now” (Josh Ruben, Catherine Curtin, Danny Johnson), and The Truth About Santa Claus” (Michael Winslow, Kevin Brown, Kevin P. Farley, Judy Gold).
Simon TaufiQue is a producer, composer, educator, and sometimes festival programmer. Simon entered the film world working with notable filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. He later worked on projects by Julia Roberts, Daniel Radcliffe, Julian Casablancas, and Mary Harron. Recent films that have screened at top festivals and released globally include: The Weight of Gold (HBO), The Interpreters, an award-winning PBS Independent Lens documentary, The New Yorker Presents (Sundance ‘17), She’s Lost Control (Winner – Berlinale ‘14, SXSW ‘14, Independent Spirit Awards ‘15), Imperium (Lionsgate/Universal), and Jesus Henry Christ (eOne). Simon recently created a Producing certificate program for NYU as well as teaching Film & TV Producing at the university. He has been profiled in Medium, NBC News, ASCAP, mentioned in Rolling Stone, Deadline, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Spin, and IndieWire. Simon is a member of the Producers Guild, board member of HRTS (NY), has served on the jury at Bermuda International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival’s Programming Committee, and a two-time Sundance Lab finalist (Creative Producing Lab and Feature Film Composing lab).
DAVID FRANCE is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning investigative journalist. His directorial debut, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, is hailed as an innovative and influential piece of storytelling and is regularly screened in university classrooms, and by community groups and AIDS service organizations. Appearing on over 20 “Best of the Year” lists, including Time and Entertainment Weekly, the documentary earned a GLAAD Award and top honors from the Gotham Awards, the International Documentary Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and the Provincetown Film Festival, among many others. After a theatrical run reaching over 30 cities, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE was aired on PBS’ Independent Lens, reaching an audience of millions and garnering Academy and Emmy nominations and a Peabody Award. His 2017 film, THE DEATH & LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, a Netflix Original Documentary, won numerous festival prizes and was awarded the Outfest “Freedom Award” and a special jury recognition from Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Critics put it on multiple “Best of the Year” lists (and gave it a 96% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes). David’s latest book, also titled HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (Knopf, 2016), received the Baillie Gifford Prize for best nonfiction book published in the English Language. In addition, France has seen his journalistic work inspire several films, including the Peabody-winning Showtime film SOLDIER’S GIRL, based on his New York Times Magazine story of the transgender girlfriend of a soldier killed in an anti-gay attack. And earlier this year, David premiered his critically acclaimed new film WELCOME TO CHECHNYA at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the special jury award for documentary editing. Reviewers have called it “gripping, essential viewing” and “this is tour de force documentary filmmaking on a level rarely seen and experienced.”
Smriti Mundhra is an Academy Award-nominated director/producer and one of DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 Filmmakers to Watch. Her latest film, St. Louis Superman , has been nominated for a 2020 Academy Award in the short documentary category. Her debut feature, the documentary A Suitable Gir l , world premiered in competition at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine and was awarded the Albert Maysles Best Documentary Director prize at the festival. Smriti also helmed ad campaigns for Google, the United Nations and Bumble (starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas). She created and executive produced Indian Matchmaking, an eight-part Netflix original documentary series currently streaming on the platform.
KEVIN WILSON JR.