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Filmmakers 2016

Mark Edward Atkinson, Virginia

Adi Halfin, Israel

Dana Shalev, Israel

Davide Ferrario, Italy

Dan Carlson, New York

Wayne Creed, Virginia

Duane Cyrus

Matthieu Edel

Jonathan Garris

Marcus Holman

Lulu (Hsiang Lu) Meng

Sheila Sheppard

Yuhan Su

Amanda Turner

Amy Watkins

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Filmmakers 2017


Kim Brooks Mata, Virginia 

Kim Brooks Mata is a dance artist, educator, and collaborator currently serving as the Head and Artistic Director of the Dance Program at the University of Virginia (UVA). As a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) her teaching, choreography, and performance coaching all rely heavily on her background in somatics. At UVA she teaches all levels of Modern/Contemporary technique, Improvisation, Composition, the Art of Dance, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, and serves as the Artistic Director for the semesterly dance concerts. Common themes found in her teaching and creative work focus on the exploration of identity, relationality, the mediated body, and expressions of community through dance performance and choreography. During her time at UVA Brooks Mata has received various grants and awards for multidisciplinary and multimedia creative projects, amongst them: 4VA Arts Project grant (2012), Jefferson Trust award with a colleague in engineering (2014-15), the inaugural Arts Endowment Grant along with colleagues in Media Design and Music Composition (2015-2016), and most recently she was recognized as an Arts Fellow (2016-2017). Brooks Mata studied dance internationally and nationally at The Rotterdam Dance Academy (now Codarts) in the Netherlands, and at the University of Utah where she received her MFA in Modern Dance.


Stefano Giorgi, Italy

Stefano Giorgi was born in Turin (1973), where he lives and works. He graduated in Architecture at Polytechnic of Turin. He does not attend the Academy of Fine Art, but he studied drawing and painting with various masters.  He deepened the chinese ink painting with Master Carlo Giaccone. In his studio he started working with ink stains and he defines his personal definition of "aleatoric-figurative painting." He realized in 2005 a special projection system that combines liquid colors and video projections, and he  performs live painting with a particular and unique style accompanied by musicians, moving in various contemporary contexts, from dance to visual art, from music to theater. He has worked with the rock band Subsonica in acoustic tour in 2011, participated in the "MiTO" festival ( Milan 2014), Avignon Off Festival (Avignon 2010), "TorinoSpiritualità" festival (2013-2016), "Incanti" festival (Turin 2014-2016). He is currently working with avant-garde musicians in muscical improvisation projects  using projections and sometimes sound sculptures. He paints, in periods of isolation and mountain meditation, works 


Clelia Sheppard, Virginia

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David Darg,Virginia

David Darg is an award winning film maker and co-founder of RYOT Media. Named one of Esquire Magazine's "2012 Americans of the Year" and Details Magazine's "Hollywood Mavericks," David spent the last decade as a first responder and front line contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world's largest natural disasters and wars. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. 


Ned Farr, California

A graduate of the Film School at SUNY Purchase in New York, Ned Farr has been involved in film production for over 25 years, from pre-production storyboard artist to post-production editor, including a long stint as a gaffer on many commercials, music videos, and features. Somewhere in all that he formed a band and made 3 albums. Farr went on to write and direct. His latest feature film A MARINE STORY, about the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law, premiered in June 2010 and won 20 film festival awards. David Weigand of the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “This film does not go where you might think it will go because it’s so credibly written, acted and directed. “Don’t ask, don’t tell”? How about “don’t miss this film.”  Farr’s previous feature film THE GYMNAST has won 28 awards to date including 16 for best picture. Leonard Maltin calls the film “Fresh and vibrant”, while Variety declares “THE GYMNAST delivers emotional intensity in tastefully spectacular wrappings.” Since 2002 Ned has also been the Creative Director for P90X, which for a long time was the #1 fitness product in America. Aside from creating the brand identity, marketing, and music, his half hour informercials have consistently outperformed all others in the field, earning him a Telly award in 2009, and a Moxie award in 2010. His latest production for P90X3, won the Moxie award for best infomercial in 2015. Ned’s latest screenplay finished in the top ten of Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest 2015. One day he hopes to shoot it.


Leland Sharp, Virginia

He was born in Harlem, New York and raised in multi-cultured area in Jamaica Queens, his initial encounter to what would cultivate the outcome of his destiny, was a velvet abstract portrait of Malcolm X.  He was mentored by legendary artist as, jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, (Big Band Leader) Illinois Jacquet, and his godfather, vocalist Brook Benton. His artwork has been commissioned by a variety of celebrity clientele: Eddie Murphy, professional basketball player Byron Russell, Kadeem Hardison, Mekhi Phifer, Wesley Snipes, Terrell Owens, Heavy Weight Champs: Lamon Brewster & Mike Tyson, Kevin Hart, Legendary vocalist Dionne Warwick, Mos Def and R&B Vocalist Tank.


Marcus Holman, Virginia

Award winning photographer Marcus Holman started Marcus Holman Photography in 2001 and it has grown to be one of the best studios in Virginia Beach. Marcus has a flare for using light and color to create stunning and unique imagery that truly captures his client’s personality and lifestyle. Although he is a Virginia Beach native, Marcus has traveled throughout the world and these experiences serve as inspiration for much of his portrait artwork. MHP is also actively involved in numerous charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Hampton Roads area, including the annual JT Walk to Defeat ALS, Horizons, Edmarc and many others. Marcus also has his work featured throughout Distinction magazine.


Timo Gomez, Hawaii

Timo Gomez grew up in Kona, Hawaii and has 10+ years of experience in video production and graphic design. Timo has worked for several well known companies including NBC, MTV and VH1 India. Timo has produced video content in both Asia, South America, Hawaii and currently the United States as he is completing his degree in Cinema and TV at Regent University in Virginia Beach, while running his production studio 1st Street Studios. 


Chien-Ying Wang, Taiwan

Chien-Ying Wang hails from Taiwan and received her MFA degree in dance from The Ohio State University, BFA degree from Northern Illinois University, and AA degree from National Taiwan Academy of Arts. She was a soloist with Repertory Dance Theatre in Utah from 2002–07. Before coming to the United States, she danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Joy Dance Company. Wang was awarded the University Fellowship at OSU. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from Salt Lake City Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges – an evening dance concert. In 2013, Wang was nominated as an outstanding alumna of National Taiwan University of Arts for her significant contribution in dance and was selected as a Bogliasco Fellowship finalist 2017. Wang is a certified Labanotation teacher and has taught both ballet and modern dance at OSU, American College Dance Festival and NTUA. Most recently, she was an associate professor at Southern Utah University, where she taught Modern Dance, Classical Ballet, Dance Repertory, Interactive Composition - Dance & Technology, Sound for Dance, and Dance Ensemble. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several ballets (Paquita, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty), plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Shapiro & Smith, Tandy Beal, Stephen Koester, Lucas Hoving, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Victoria Uris, John Giffin, and many more. Her choreographic works has been presented in Ballet Philippines, Lustig Dance Theatre, RDT, The Ohio State University, National Taiwan University of Arts, TongJi University in Shanghai, Beijing Normal University, China, Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church and 92nd Street Y in New York City, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, SIBU International Dance Festival, Malaysia, and other performance venues. In May 2010, she received funding from National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan and SUU Provost’s Faculty Development Grant to present Equanimity in National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan. Wang’s current research deals with the interfacing of live performance and video dance as well screendance. Recently, her film Slice of Life has been presented in New York City Independent Film Festival. Currently, Wang is an assistant professor in the Dance Department of Rutgers University.


Florent Schwartz, France

Florent Schwartz is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and visual artist, currently living in Paris. At age 17 attended the Ensaama school, and graduated with a degree in metal sculpture. Following, he worked several years as a sculptor in various stage design studios. Fascinated by sculptural gestures and the beauty of artisanal movements that transform matter, he became increasingly interested in the work process more than the end result. He then traveled to West Africa to discover new techniques of bronze casting. In parallel, Florent studied various theater techniques. With the intent to stage his own sculptures, he first dedicated himself to puppetry, then moved to Buenos Aires to pursue physical theatre training. Following his interest in movement, in 2011 he joined the contemporary dance school company Le Marchepied in Lausanne. Back to Paris in 2013, he revisited his visual arts practice with the sensitive perspective of the dancing body and its action on matter, and began using video to share his choreographic research at various exhibitions, including at the National Choreographic Centre of Orleans. He also specialize his training in vertical dance and partnering practice as aikido, tango or contact improvisation. Florent is now evolving on the edge between dance and sculpture. He pursued recently his research in China and Taiwan, focusing on Calligraphy and Screen-Dance, and questioning social issues linked with urbanization. His goal is to connect visual arts to the intimacy of bodily sensations.



Matthew Jones, California

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Janie Guinan, Virginia

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Josephine Decker, California

Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine Decker premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 and theatrically in NYC. Her film “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” starring Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, Sophie Traub and Kristin Slaysman and inspired by a character from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, balances horror, beauty, and intimacy as an erotic thriller set in the wilds of Kentucky and was said by The New Yorker to be ushering in a "new grammar" of narrative. The film won the Independent Visions Award at Sarasota Film Fest, Emerging Filmmaker Award at IndieMemphis and Best Narrative Feature Award at Dallas VideoFest among many others. Her first feature "Butter on the Latch" -- called “a sexy, wild romp you have to see to believe” by Indiewire and "an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination" by The New Yorker -- is set at a real-life Balkan folk song and dance camp.  The film, based on a Balkan folk song, explores the dark intimacy and neuroses of a female friendship. In 2008, Josephine directed the documentary feature "Bi The Way,”exploring the rise of bisexuality in America and available on Logo and Netflix.  The film screened at SXSW, Silverdocs, and about 100 festivals worldwide and received rave reviews in The Austin Chronicle, Curve Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News, among others. Josephine’s short films and music videos have played at MoMA, SXSW, Cucalorus, Maryland, and Austin Film Festival, have won children's programming awards, and can be seen on PBS and Kidzbop. Her short "Me The Terrible," about a child pirate who tries to conquer New York City, received a glowing review in The New Yorker. Fortunate to be collaborating with artists she admires, Josephine Decker spent the past two years producing short videos for United Way, creative producing a doc for performance artist Sarah Small and acting.  She starred in Brigitta Wagner’s Rosehill, Stephen Cone’s Black Box, Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent (IFC/Sundance) and Art History (Factory 25/Berlinale), Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard’s Autoerotic (IFC), Spencer Parson’s Saturday Morning Massacre, and Onur Tukel’s Richard’s Wedding. Josephine raises awareness about environmental issues through her performance art. Her pieces, which feature striking visuals of performers walking in slow‐motion, have received press everywhere from The New York Times to WNYC, were featured in The Dumbo Arts Festival and at the UN, and won first place in The Human Impacts Institute’s Climate Challenge. 



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