Roger Hawkins

Biography: Roger Hawkins was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 1993, Hawkins resigned his job as a math teacher and took the brave step of hiring the largest theatre in Zimbabwe for the purpose of staging a musical he had written and directed. The show, The Singer, was a resounding success. Encouraged by this, he decided to make a career in the performing arts. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003), The Silent Fall (2006) and The Lion of Judah (2009).

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2004).

The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (2003);
The Silent Fall (2006);
The Lion of Judah (2009 – Deryck Broom, Roger Hawkins).

Thomas Allen Harris

Biography: Raised in the Bronx and Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, Thomas Allen Harris is an award-winning filmmaker and cultural warrior, whose documentary films, installations, and experimental videos have been featured in venues across the international landscape on television, at festivals, museums, and galleries. For over 6 years, Harris produced for public television, which included two Emmy nominations (in 1991) for his work as a staff producer at WNET (New York’s PBS affiliate) on The Eleventh Hour and Thirteen Live. His documentary programmes Crisis: Who Will Do Science? and Crisis: Urban Education aired nationally on public television in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Harris’ film Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005) was the third film to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on POV/The American Documentary Series. The film made its theatrical premiere at the BAM Cinematek and won over five international awards and honors including the Truer than Fiction Independent Spirit Award Nomination, Best Documentary Awards at the Pan African and Santa Cruz Film Festivals, and the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking from the Roxbury Film Festival. Harris’ 2001 documentary, É Minha Cara (That’s My Face), premiered at the Toronto, Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel and ARTE. The film made its theatrical premiere at the BAM Cinematek and won seven international awards, including the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury of Christian Churches at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006).

Splash (1991);
Black Body (1992);
Heaven, Earth, and Hell (1993);
Vintage – Families of Value (1995);
É Minha Cara [That’s My Face] (2001);
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005);
Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness (2010);
Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014).

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Biography: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad in 1963. He studied film at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris, and went on to study journalism at Bordeaux I.U.T. (Technical Institute). He worked for several years in the press and radio before directing his first film, Maral tanié. He was able to make the film thanks to support from Burkinabe filmmakers of his generation. Bye Bye, Africa received a jury mention at the Venice Film Festival, 1999.

Haroun’s second feature, Abouna, won best cinematography award at FESPACO, while his third, Daratt, won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. The 2010 feature film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition.

In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Grigris was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

He has been named as one of the jury members for the Cinéfondation and short film sections of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Maral tanié (1996, 2007);
Goï-Goï: The Dwarf (2007);
Tea in the Sahel (2000, 2007);
Bye Bye, Africa (2000, 2007);
Abouna [Our Father] (2007);
Sex, Okra and Salted Butter [Sexe, gombo et beurre salé] (2009, 2010);
A Screaming Man [Un homme qui crie] (2011);
Grisgris (2014).

Tan koul (1991);
Maral tanié (1994);
Sotigui Kouyaté, a modern griot (1995);
Goï-Goï: The Dwarf (1995);
Bord’Africa (1995);
B 400 (1997);
Tea in the Sahel (1998);
Bye Bye, Africa (1998);
Letter from New York (2001);
Abouna [Our Father] (2002);
Scenarios from Africa: African Solidarity (2004);
Scenarios from Africa: The Tree and the Wind (2004);
Kalala (2005);
Daratt [Dry Season] (2006);
Sex, Okra and Salted Butter [Sexe, gombo et beurre salé] (2008);
Expectations (2008);
A Screaming Man [Un homme qui crie] (2010);
Grisgris (2013).

Katrin Hansing

Biography: Dr. Katrin Hansing received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and is the author of numerous publications including the book Rasta, Race, and Revolution: The Emergence and Development of the Rastafari Movement in Socialist Cuba (2006). She has worked as a consultant for think tanks and policy institutes, is often quoted in the international media and completed her first documentary film in 2009: Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator, about Cuban-African relations. Dr. Katrin Hansing’s experience also includes being Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College (CUNY). Prior to her tenure at Baruch she was the Associate Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami. As an anthropologist she has spent years conducting research in the Caribbean (especially Cuba) and Southern Africa and its Diasporas. Her main areas of interest and expertise include: race/ethnicity, religion, migration, transnational relations, remittances, medical internationalism, youth, and civil society.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator (2010).

Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator (2009).

Jeremy Handler

Biography: Jeremy Handler graduated Cum Laude from the Theatre Film & Television School at UCLA. While a student, he wrote and directed the award-winning Strangers and Neighbors, a 16mm short film. On returning to South Africa, he was selected to direct The Return, a 16mm 26 minute drama for MNET New Directions. Gaining momentum, he successfully pitched and was selected to direct Husk for Film Four UK.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Return (1997);
Husk (2000).

Strangers and Neighbors (Date unknown);
The Return (1996);
Husk (1999).

Michael Hammon

Biography: Born in South Africa in 1955, Michael Hammon graduated with a degree in Painting and Photography from the University of Cape Town in 1978. He worked in advertising and as a news cameraman before attending the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin from 1985-1991. Aside from working as director of photography and camera operator on many award-winning national and international productions, he has directed several films. Wheels and Deals (Tödliche Geschäfte – 1991) was his first feature film as a director.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Wheels and Deals [Tödliche Geschäfte] (1993).

The Grabber (1983);
Spiral of Rage (1986);
Along the Line (1986);
Worldchampionship (1987);
The Buffalo Hunters (1988);
Mohale Str. Brothers (1989);
We Only Wanted Justice (1990);
Wheels and Deals [Tödliche Geschäfte] (1991);
Trekking to Utopia (1993);
Hillbrow Kids (1999 – Jacqueline Goergen, Michael Hammon);
Little Big Men on Ice (2000);
Fremde Kinder – Schlangen im Feuer (2002);
Bloch – Ein krankes Herz (2005).

Divita Wa Lusala

Also Known As: Dividi Divita Wa Lusala

Biography: Divita Wa Lusula was born in Kinshasa, DRC on September 3, 1973. He worked for the Congolese state television station RTNC from 1996 to 1999 and for the private broadcaster AA1 from 1999 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been an editor and cameraman for Suka! Productions in South Africa. He served as an assistant editor on Viva Riva!, a Djo Tunda Wa Munga film, and he co-directed Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting (Dames en attente – 2009) and made Un jour… in 2011.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2011 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala).

Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2009 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala);
Un jour… (2011).

Dieudo Hamadi

Biography: Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani, DRC on February 22, 1984 and studied bio-medicine from 2005 to 2008. Since 2002, he has completed several documentary film workshops and video editing courses and has worked as an editor, producer, and assistant director, for Suka! Productions. His filmography includes Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting (Dames en attente – 2009) and Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance (Tolérance zéro – 2009).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2011 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala);
Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance [Tolérance zéro] (2011);
National Diploma (2015).

Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2009 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala);
Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance [Tolérance zéro] (2009);
Atalaku (2013);
National Diploma (2014).

Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Biography: Djo Tunda Wa Munga was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the the Congo. He went to the National Film School of Belgium, INSAS in his early twenties. After living in Europe, he returned to the DRC and established a film production company dedicated to training young filmmakers. He has directed several medium-length documentaries, including Horizon en transition (2005) and the acclaimed documentary State of Mind (2010). He produced Congo in Four Acts in 2009 (a series of films which are the first DRC-directed documentaries) which premiered at the Berlinale in 2010 and has screened at over 50 festivals to date. His feature film debut Viva Riva! (2010) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and Berlinale in 2011. The film won six African Movie Academy Awards and MTV’s first Best African Movie award.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Viva Riva! (2011).

Anguy (1998);
Injuste faim (2004);
Horizon en transition (2005);
Papy, mon histoire (2007);
State of Mind (2010);
Viva Riva! (2010).

Khaled Hafez

Biography: Khaled Hafez was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 where he still lives and works. He studied medicine and followed the evening classes of the Cairo Fine Arts in the eighties. After getting a medical degree in 1987 and M.Sc. as a medical specialist in 1992, he gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the arts. He later obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University Krems (Austria). Hafez’s practice spans the mediums of painting, video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The A77A Project – On Presidents and Superheroes (2010).

Idlers Logic (2003);
Revolution (2006);
Visions (2007);
Fruit Salad (2007);
Third Vision (2008);
The A77A Project – On Presidents and Superheroes (2009).

Omelga Mthiyane

Biography: Omelga Mthiyane was born on May 19, 1977, in Inanda, just outside Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She studied video technology at the Durban University of Technology, and graduated in 2000. In 2001 she was selected for the Encounters Documentary Laboratory where she was trained in making documentaries. Omelga was also a member of the Filmmakers against Racism initiative.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baraka (2009 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane).

Body Beautiful (2003);
Ikhaya [Home] (2004);
Baraka (2008 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane);
Inanda, My Heritage (2008);
Thank You Mama [Siyabonga Mama] (2010);
Li-Xia’s Salon (2011).

Marianne Gysae

Biography: Marianne Gysae was born in 1955 in Hamm, Westphalia in Germany. She holds a master’s degree in Media Education from the PH in Freiburg (University of Education) and trained in conflict resolution in Birmingham, England. She has been involved in media for development projects in Southern Africa for more than 20 years, writing, producing und using print media and film. In addition, Gysae was the media outreach advisor for the Steps for the Future HIV and AIDS documentary project (Forum 2002). She co-directed the film Baraka in 2008.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baraka (2009 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane).

Baraka (2008 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane).

Riaan Hendricks

Biography: Riaan Hendricks was born in Cape Town in November 1975. He studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Western Cape. He is a self-taught filmmaker, and has taken a short course in film production. He has worked as an editor, has produced a number of documentaries and has directed several films. His first film A Fisherman’s Tale was financed by NFVF South Africa. Two years later it was described as a “sterling directorial debut”, and won a Jury Special Mention for Documentary at the Apollo International Film Festival. A Fisherman’s Tale (2004) “reminds me of the art of Picasso and Diego Riviera, who had used their art to animate the condition of the working people and their dignity” – Professor Ben Turok, Independent Newspaper. The director’s documentary film The Last Voyage won the Silver Dhow for Documentary film at the 2011 Zanzibar International Film Festival.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baraka (2009 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane).

A Fisherman’s Tale (2004);
PMS (2006);
The City that Kills Somalians (2007);
Through the Eye of the Needle (2007);
The Wait (2008);
Revolutionaries Love Life (2008);
Baraka (2008 – Marianne Gysae, Riaan Hendricks, Omelga Mthiyane);
Island of Healing (2009);
The Last Voyage (2009);
The Devil’s Lair (2012);
Cocaine, Suicide and the Meaning of Life (2012).

Catherine Gund

Also Known As: Catherine Saalfield

Biography: An Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer, Catherine started the production company Aubin Pictures in 1996. Her media work — which focuses on arts and culture, sexuality and gender, reproductive health and rights, and other social justice issues — has screened around the world in festivals, on PBS and cable television, at community-based organizations, universities, and museums. Her productions include Motherland Afghanistan; A Touch of Greatness; Making Grace; On Hostile Ground; Object Lessons; Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance; When Democracy Works; Positive: Life with HIV; Sacred Lies Civil Truths; Not Just Passing Through; Among Good Christian Peoples; Keep Your Laws Off My Body; Bird in the Hand; Cuz It’s Boy; What’s on Your Plate?; as well as work with the collectives DIVA TV (co-founder) and Paper Tiger Television. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Iris House, The Sister Fund, The HIV Law Project, Reality Dance Company, and Working Films and served as a trustee for the George Gund Foundation. Catherine Gund co-founded the Third Wave Foundation, created to address the need to have a fund for young feminist activists.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
What’s on Your Plate? (2012).

Among Good Christian Peoples (1991 – Catherine Gund, Jacqueline Woodson);
Bird in the Hand (1992 – Catherine Gund, Melanie Hope);
Cuz It’s Boy (1994);
When Democracy Works (1997);
Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance (1998);
Making Grace (2004);
What’s on Your Plate? (2009).

Sérgio Guerra

A Brazilian photographer, advertising professional and cultural producer, Sérgio Guerra was born in Recife in 1961. He then moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he started his career in cinema and photography. In São Paulo, he started working in advertising, before moving to Salvador in the 1980s. After ten years working for several advertising agencies in the State of Bahia, in 1991 he founded Link Comunicação e Propaganda, where he served as director for thirteen years, being particularly involved in governmental communication and political marketing. In 1997, he gradually started settling in Angola, where the federal government invited him to develop a communication plan for the nation. In 2000 he founded Maianga Produções Culturais in Salvador, a company that operates in the cultural market producing shows, books, CDs, and videos. In 2001, he was elected Advertising Professional of the Year by Bahia Columnists Award. In 2003 Maianga was also established in Luanda, thus consolidating the cultural exchange between Brazil and Angola promoted by Guerra. Being President of M’Link in Angola, in his constant trips across that African nation he became the only foreign photographer to register all Angolan provinces during the civil war. Author of a collection of more than 120 thousand photos spread worldwide, including panels and publications by other authors, he has already published seven authorial books showing Angola’s peoples and beauty, and held major photo exhibitions in Brazil, Africa, and Europe.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The War of Angola [Angola – Nação Coragem] (2000).

The War of Angola [Angola – Nação Coragem] (1999);
Uma história (2004);
Um menino do Bié (2008).

Ada Gay Griffin

Biography: Ada Gay Griffin is an African-American activist working in electronic media and film production. She was formerly executive director of Third World Newsreel and works to ensure a flourishing future for producers of color in progressive media. She studied art, political science, and black feminist writing at Hampshire College, where she studied the works of Audre Lorde. Griffin directed and produced Can’t Jail the Revolution and Break the Walls Down (1991), and developed Black in a Small Town, a documentary series that explored issues of race and class in semi-rural areas in the United States. In 1995 she co-directed A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde with Michelle Parkerson. She served as first assistant director on the drama Dead Man’s Shoes, which premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1997 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson).

Black in a Small Town (Date unknown);
Can’t Jail the Revolution and Break the Walls Down (1991);
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson);
Dead Man’s Shoes (2006).

Michelle Parkerson

Biography: Michelle Parkerson is a writer, independent filmmaker, university lecturer and performance artist from Washington, D.C. She has served on the faculties of Temple University, the University of Delaware, Howard University, and Northwestern University. Her films include But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980), about the jazz vocalist, and Urban Odyssey (1991), both seen on PBS. She produced the documentary Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock (1983), about the black women’s a cappella ensemble. In 1992, she received a Rockefeller Foundation Film/Video Fellowship. As a member of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, she wrote and directed Odds and Ends (1993), a science-fiction short about black Amazon warriors. In 1995 she co-directed A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde with Ada Gay Griffin.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1997 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson).

Sojourn (1973 – Jimi Lyons, Michelle Parkerson);
But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980);
I Remember Betty (1987);
Urban Odyssey (1991);
Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box (1991);
Odds and Ends (1993);
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995 – Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson).

William Greaves

Biography: Director, producer and writer William Greaves began his career as a featured actor on Broadway and in motion pictures. His work behind the camera has earned him over 70 international film festival awards including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. In 1980 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and in the same year he was the recipient of a special homage at the first Black American Independent Film Festival in Paris. In 1986, he received an Indy — the special Life Achievement Award — from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. He was honored by the National Black Theater and Film Festival with its first award for Lifelong Achievement in Film and for Contributions to Black Theater. Greaves produced and directed television, documentaries and feature films over the course of his career. For two years, he served as executive producer and co-host of the pioneering network television series Black Journal, for which he was awarded an Emmy. His film Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001), a 2 hour documentary which aired prime-time on PBS, was shown in competition at Sundance and has won a Gold Award from two International Film Festivals. Among his other outstanding documentary films are From These Roots (1974), an in-depth study of the Harlem Renaissance which has won over 20 film festival awards and has become a classic in African American history studies, and Ida B. Wells: A Passion For Justice (1989), which has won 19 film festival awards and was nominated for a 1990 NAACP Image Award. Greaves also served as Executive Producer of Universal Pictures Bustin’ Loose (1981), starring Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson, and produced, wrote and directed the feature films Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968); The Marijuana Affair (1975); and The Fighters (1974), starring Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Retrospectives of William Greaves work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A long-time member of The Actors Studio in New York, William Greaves was honored by the Studio in 1980 as a recipient of its first Dusa award, together with Studio members Robert DeNiro, Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando, Arthur Penn, Sally Field, Rod Steiger, Al Pacino, Shelley Winters, Dustin Hoffman, Estelle Parsons, and Ellen Burstyn, among others. From 1969 to 1982, he taught acting for film and television for the late Lee Strasberg at the Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, and on occasion, substituted for Mr. Strasberg as moderator of the Actors Studio sessions. He later was a member of the Studio’s board of directors. Greaves died at the age of 87 at his home in Manhattan on August 25, 2014.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The First World Festival of Negro Arts (1997, 2003, 2009).

Putting It Straight (1957);
Smoke and Weather (1958);
Emergency Ward (1959);
Four Religions (1960);
The First World Festival of Negro Arts (1966);
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968);
Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class (1968);
In the Company of Men (1969);
The Voice of La Raza (1972);
Struggle for Los Trabajos (1972);
On Merit (1972);
Nationtime, Gary (1973);
From These Roots (1974);
The Fighters (1974);
Power Versus the People (1974);
EEOC Story (1974);
Whose Standard English? (1974);
The Marijuana Affair (1975);
Just Doin’ It: A Tale of Two Barbershops (1976);
Opportunities in Criminal Justice (1978);
Where Dreams Come True (1979);
To Free Their Minds (1980);
Space for Women (1981);
Booker T. Washington, the Life and the Legacy (1982);
A Plan for All Seasons (1983);
Frederick Douglass, an American Life (1985);
Beyond the Forest (1985);
Fighter for Freedom (1985);
Black Power in America: Myth or Reality? (1988);
The Best of Black Journal (1988);
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (1989);
That’s Black Entertainment (1990);
The Deep North (1990);
Resurrections: Paul Robeson (1990);
A Tribute to Jackie Robinson (1990);
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (2001);
Ralph Bunche, the Odyssey Continues… (2003);
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½ (2005).

Linda Goode Bryant

Biography: Linda Goode Bryant is an award-winning producer, writer, and director of experimental short films, videos, and documentaries. Bryant co-produced, directed, and edited Flag Wars (2003), a cinema vérité look at what happened in a working class black neighborhood over the course of 4 years as white gays moved to the area. Flag Wars won the jury award for Best Documentary at the SXSW Film Festival, the Filmmaker Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and launched the 2003 season of P.O.V. on PBS. Bryant’s other work includes Hurricane Teens, a segment on Split Screen, a weekly cable television show aired on BRAVO/The Independent Film Channel; My Am, an experimental narrative, and The Business of Being an Artist, a documentary on the impact the art market has on artists and their creativity. She also directed Mustafa (2004) and Can You See Me Now? (2006). Bryant is a recipient of grants, awards, and fellowships for her film and video work. These include an Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Anonymous Grant(s) from the Arts Development Committee, and project grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Ettinger Foundation. Prior to filmmaking, Bryant was the Founding Director of Just Above Midtown, Inc. (JAM), a non-profit interdisciplinary artists space in Manhattan. Bryant has a B.A. in painting from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Masters Degree in Business from Columbia University in New York and has completed study for a Masters Degree in Art History from the City College of New York.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Flag Wars (2007 – Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras).

The Business of Being an Artist (Date unknown);
My Am (1995);
Split Screens – Hurricane Teens (1998);
Flag Wars (2003 – Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras);
Mustafa (2004);
Time Piece – Can You See Me Now? (2006).

Laura Poitras

Biography: Laura Poitras is the director of My Country, My Country (2006), the first part of a trilogy of films about America post 9/11. The film was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. The second film, The Oath (2010), received a Gotham Award for Best Documentary, the Cinematography Award at Sundance, and the Directing Award at Cinema Eye Honors. The 9/11 Trilogy was selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She is the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. Her video installation, O’Say Can You See (2011), premiered at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center and had its New York premiere at the Ronald Feldman Gallery. Poitras received a Peabody Award and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Flag Wars (2003), a film made with Linda Goode Bryant. She was executive producer of Ra’anan Alexandrovicz’ The Law In These Parts (2011), winner of the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Jury Prize. Her films have been shown at numerous film festivals, and have received support from ITVS, the Sundance Institute, Vital Projects Fund, Creative Capital, American Documentary|POV, the Tribeca Film Institute, and the Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund. Her films are distributed by Zeitgeist Films. She has attended the Sundance Institute Documentary Storytelling Lab as both a fellow and creative advisor. She has taught documentary filmmaking at Yale University, and was a visiting artist at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Before making films she worked as a professional chef.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Flag Wars (2007 – Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras).

Exact Fantasy (1995);
Living the Legacy: Racism and Resistance in the Academy (1998);
Flag Wars (2003 – Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras);
P.O.V. – My Country, My Country (2006);
P.O.V. – The Oath (2010);
O’Say Can You See (2011)
Citizenfour (2014).