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.

(Source: http://www.truelives.org/pg_alitanyforsurvival.html)

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

Filmography:
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).

Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson

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.

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.

(Source: http://www.truelives.org/pg_alitanyforsurvival.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1997).

Filmography:
Black in a Small Town (Date unknown – Ada Gay Griffin);
Sojourn (1973 – Jimi Lyons, Michelle Parkerson);
But Then She’s Betty Carter (1980 – Michelle Parkerson);
I Remember Betty (1987 – Michelle Parkerson);
Urban Odyssey (1991 – Michelle Parkerson);
Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box (1991 – Michelle Parkerson);
Can’t Jail the Revolution and Break the Walls Down (1991 – Ada Gay Griffin);
Odds and Ends (1993 – Michelle Parkerson);
A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (1995);
Dead Man’s Shoes (2006 – Ada Gay Griffin).

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.

(Source: http://www.williamgreaves.com/biography.htm)

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

Filmography:
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.

(Source: http://www.flagwarsthemovie.com/aboutus.html)

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

Filmography:
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.

(Sources:
http://www.flagwarsthemovie.com/aboutus.html
http://www.praxisfilms.org/about/laura-poitras)

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

Filmography:
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).

Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras

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.

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.

(Sources:
http://www.flagwarsthemovie.com/aboutus.html
http://www.praxisfilms.org/about/laura-poitras)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Flag Wars (2007).

Filmography:
The Business of Being an Artist (Date unknown – Linda Goode Bryant);
My Am (1995 – Linda Goode Bryant);
Exact Fantasy (1995 – Laura Poitras);
Living the Legacy: Racism and Resistance in the Academy (1998 – Laura Poitras);
Split Screens – Hurricane Teens (1998 – Linda Goode Bryant);
Flag Wars (2003);
Mustafa (2004 – Linda Goode Bryant);
Time Piece – Can You See Me Now? (2006 – Linda Goode Bryant);
P.O.V. – My Country, My Country (2006 – Laura Poitras);
P.O.V. – The Oath (2010 – Laura Poitras);
O’Say Can You See (2011 – Laura Poitras).

Teddy Goitom

Biography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and socially engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which successfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Benjamin Taft

Biography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

(Sources:
http://vimeo.com/taft
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2015, 2016 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft)
Afripedia Series  [Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa] (2014 – Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Afripedia New York (2016)

Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft

Biography: Born in Jerusalem in 1973, raised in Sweden and with roots in East Africa, Teddy Goitom created the global network Stocktown in 1998. Since then Teddy has produced cutting edge and social engaged content for film, TV and digital media for Swedish Television, Utbildnings Radio and MTV. Together with his network, they produced the Stocktown TV music documentary series, which succesfully aired on TV in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Spain, Brazil and film festivals worldwide. He also was an active member of the CinemAfrica film jury, bringing African films to a Swedish audience. Teddy runs his own production company, Soeasy, working with both commercial and underground productions, operating worldwide, knowing no boundaries.

Biography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR Swedish broadcasting, BKW & MTV Sweden. He co-directed the documentary Stocktown X: South Africa.

(Sources:
http://www.creativeafricanetwork.com/person/9775/en
http://vimeo.com/taft
http://stocktown.com/africa/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stocktown X: South Africa (2012).

Filmography:
My Way (Date unknown – Benjamin Taft);
Marcus Samuelsson wedding in Ethiopia! (2009 – Teddy Goitom);
Burning Man Video Postcard (2010 – Benjamin Taft);
Stocktown X: South Africa (2011).

Flora Gomes

Biography: Flora Gomes, born Florentino Gomes, was born in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau in 1949. He studied cinema in Cuba before receiving instruction from Paulin Soumanou Vieyra on newsreel production in Senegal and working as a journalist. His career took off with Mortu Nega (Those Whom Death Refused) in 1988, which was awarded many international prizes and had commercial success. This was followed in 1992 by Udju Azul di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta), which was elected for Un certain regard at Cannes. In 1996 he presented his film Po di Sangui (Tree of Blood) for competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Many critics consider the award-winning film to be his best. His feature film My Voice (Nha fala) (2002) has also won him several local and international awards.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.44)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mortu Nega [Those Whom Death Refused] (1999);
Udju Azul di Yonta [The Blue Eyes of Yonta] (1993, 1999);
Po di Sangui [Tree of Blood] (1998, 1999).

Filmography:
O Regresso de Cabral (1976);
Mortu Nega [Those Whom Death Refused] (1988);
Udju Azul di Yonta [The Blue Eyes of Yonta] (1992);
A Mascara (1995);
Po di Sangui [Tree of Blood] (1996);
My Voice [Nha fala] (2002);
As Duas Faces da Guerra (2007);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – A pegadas de todos os tempos (2009);
La République des enfants (2010).

Claude Gnakouri

Biography: Claude Gnakouri was an actor, director and filmmaker Ivorian, who died in 2005, author of Three Fables For Use By Whites in Africa, two series of three short films made ​​with Luis Marques in 1999 and 2002 he was responsible for Ymako Theatri in Abidjan before going into exile following a coup.

(Source: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Gnakouri)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (2001 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès).

Filmography:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (1998 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès);
Trois fables africaines (2000 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès).

Luis Marquès

Biography: Luis Marquès is a Spanish actor and film maker born in France in 1966. He grew up in South America and has been living in West Africa since the beginning of the 1990s. He studied literature, art and communication at the Sorbonne as well as film, theatre and anthropology at the “Institut d’Etudes Théatrales” in Paris. During his studies he became friends with Claude Gnakouri from Ivory Coast. They both looked for new, politically more relevant theatre forms and moved to Abidjan, where they founded the street theatre company Yamko Téatri in 1992. They were invited to perform in Mali, Burkina Faso, Paris, Berlin, South Korea and New Caledonia. Back in Ivory Coast they supported campaigns against AIDS and malaria as well as for alphabetisation with their plays. In 1998 and 2000 they produced a series of short films: Six Tales of Whites in Africa. Invited by FilmInitiativ, Luis Marquès presented these short films for the first time in Cologne at the film festival Out of Europe VII in 2002. The civil war in Ivory Coast forced Luis Marquès to emigrate with his family to Burkina Faso where he now works as an actor for film, theatre and TV in Ouagadougou. His most recent role is in the new film Soleils (2013) by Dani Kouyaté and Oliver Delahaye. At the moment Luis Marquès is working on the script for his first feature film.

(Source: http://www.filme-aus-afrika.de/EN/film-database/persons/personen-details/w/1147/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (2001 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès).

Filmography:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (1998 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès);
Trois fables africaines (2000 – Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès).

Claude Gnakouri and Luis Marquès

Biography: Claude Gnakouri was an actor, director and filmmaker Ivorian, who died in 2005, author of Three Fables For Use By Whites in Africa, two series of three short films made ​​with Luis Marques in 1999 and 2002 he was responsible for Ymako Theatri in Abidjan before going into exile following a coup.

Biography: Luis Marquès is a Spanish actor and film maker born in France in 1966. He grew up in South America and has been living in West Africa since the beginning of the 1990s. He studied literature, art and communication at the Sorbonne as well as film, theatre and anthropology at the “Institut d’Etudes Théatrales” in Paris. During his studies he became friends with Claude Gnakouri from Ivory Coast. They both looked for new, politically more relevant theatre forms and moved to Abidjan, where they founded the street theatre company Yamko Téatri in 1992. They were invited to perform in Mali, Burkina Faso, Paris, Berlin, South Korea and New Caledonia. Back in Ivory Coast they supported campaigns against AIDS and malaria as well as for alphabetisation with their plays. In 1998 and 2000 they produced a series of short films: Six Tales of Whites in Africa. Invited by FilmInitiativ, Luis Marquès presented these short films for the first time in Cologne at the film festival Out of Europe VII in 2002. The civil war in Ivory Coast forced Luis Marquès to emigrate with his family to Burkina Faso where he now works as an actor for film, theatre and TV in Ouagadougou. His most recent role is in the new film Soleils (2013) by Dani Kouyaté and Oliver Delahaye. At the moment Luis Marquès is working on the script for his first feature film.

(Sources:
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Gnakouri
http://www.filme-aus-afrika.de/EN/film-database/persons/personen-details/w/1147/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (2001).

Filmography:
Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique [Three Fables for the Uses of Whites in Africa] (1998);
Trois fables africaines (2000).

Vincent Glès

Biography: Vincent Glès was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. After working as a film and video director at the state-owned television station in Ivory Coast, he moved to France where he studied film at the Institut des Arts Appliqués. He then worked for the Assedic, a social organization, where he was a film consultant. Glès arrived in North America in 1981 to pursue his film studies at the Université de Montréal. In 1982, he directed the award-winning documentary La Saint-Jean en Côte d’Ivoire. Glès founded Les Productions du Griot in 1993. He also teaches the techniques of animation cinema.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://crossculturalcommunication.org/gles.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
La Succession (1996).

Filmography:
La Saint-Jean en Côte d’Ivoire (1982);
La Succession (1994).

Celine Gilbert

Biography: Celine Gilbert is a multi-faceted and multi-talented film professional. She works as a researcher, program consultant, producer, facilitator and director. Her career in film includes director credits for In the Upper Room, a 35-minute drama produced by Golden Scud Productions in 1999, Surrender (2000), Ladette to Lady (2006) and The Secret Millionaire – Jonathan Hick (2009). Gilbert has also directed several short comedies on Hi-8 including Room No. (1996) and Norman’s Land (1998). Gilbert worked as an assistant producer for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Association during the All Africa Games in 1995, and as an art assistant for the Belgium TV series Diamants.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Surrender (2004, 2015).

Filmography:
Room No. (1996);
Norman’s Land (1998);
In the Upper Room (1999);
Surrender (2000);
Ladette to Lady (2006);
The Secret Millionaire – Jonathan Hick (2009).

Jo Menell

Biography: Jo Menell was born in Johannesburg in 1938. He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge where he received a M.A. in Anthropology. From 1960-1970 he worked as a reporter, producer and director of current affairs documentaries for the BBC (Panorama) and ITV (This Week). In 1969 he produced and directed three one-hour documentaries on South Africa which resulted in his being banned by the South African government. From 1970-1973, he was the deputy director-general of Chilean National TV during the Salvador Allende regime. From 1973-80, he was a freelance director of documentaries for BBC, Globo (Brazil) and P.B.S. (USA). In 1981 he directed and produced The Life and Times of Bob Marley, the authorized story of Marley’s life, which was distributed worldwide and is available on DVD. In 1985 he co-produced and co-directed Haiti – Dreams of Democracy with Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs). From 1990-2005 he lived in San Francisco, California, where he produced and directed documentaries for P.B.S. Channel 9. In 1996 he received an Oscar nomination for Mandela, an authorized biography, co-directed with Angus Gibson. In 2005 he returned to live in South Africa, and in 2006 made SHAG, a film that explores women’s views on sex and AIDS in present-day Cape Town. From 2008 to 2010, he directed and co-produced Street Talk with Richard Mills, a weekly documentary for Cape Town TV (CTV). In 2010 he made the documentary Thembi, the story of a young AIDS activist from Khayalitsha.

(Source: http://thembithefilm.com/news)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mandela (1997 – Angus Gibson, Jo Menell);
Thembi (2011).

Filmography:
The Life and Times of Bob Marley (1981);
Jasone Modjadji (1983);
Kosi Bay (1985);
Haiti – Dreams of Democracy (1985 – Jonathan Demme, Jo Menell);
Freedom Square & Back of the Moon (1987);
Singing the Changes (1988);
Dick: A Film by Jo Menell (1989 – Jo Menell, B. Moel);
Nowhere to Play – Conversations with Sowetan Golfers (1990);
Soweto, A History (1994);
Mandela (1996 – Angus Gibson, Jo Menell);
Blank (2000);
SHAG (2006);
Zone 14 (2007);
Street Talk (2008-2010);
Thembi (2010).

Angus Gibson

Biography: Angus Gibson, one of South Africa’s premier documentary filmmakers, is a founding member of Free Filmmakers, a film co-operative established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema. Since 1983, when he created his first television drama, he has produced, directed, and co-written numerous highly-acclaimed and internationally award-winning documentary series and TV dramas for British and South African television, including the Heartlines series, Yizo Yizo, and Soweto, a History. He also has a rich documentary feature film experience. He co-directed the Oscar-nominated authorized biography, Mandela, for Jonathan Demme’s production company. His diverse media projects, which include audio-visual contributions to the Apartheid Museum and the Hecter Pieterson Museum, have been influential in the anti-apartheid movement.

(Source: http://the-siege.com/content/filmmakers)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mandela (1997 – Angus Gibson, Jo Menell);
Heartlines (2008, 2009).

Filmography:
7 Up South Africa (1992);
Mandela (1996 – Angus Gibson, Jo Menell);
Everyman – 14 Up in South Africa (1999);
Yizo Yizo (1998-2004);
Crossroads (2006);
Heartlines (2006);
21 Up South Africa: Mandela’s Children (2008);
La Toma [The Siege] (2011 – Angus Gibson, Miguel Salazar).

Angus Gibson and Jo Menell

Biography: Angus Gibson, one of South Africa’s premier documentary filmmakers, is a founding member of Free Filmmakers, a film co-operative established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema. Since 1983, when he created his first television drama, he has produced, directed, and co-written numerous highly-acclaimed and internationally award-winning documentary series and TV dramas for British and South African television, including the Heartlines series, Yizo Yizo, and Soweto, a History. He also has a rich documentary feature film experience. He co-directed the Oscar-nominated authorized biography, Mandela, for Jonathan Demme’s production company. His diverse media projects, which include audio-visual contributions to the Apartheid Museum and the Hecter Pieterson Museum, have been influential in the anti-apartheid movement.

Biography: Jo Menell was born in Johannesburg in 1938. He was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge where he received a M.A. in Anthropology. From 1960-1970 he worked as a reporter, producer and director of current affairs documentaries for the BBC (Panorama) and ITV (This Week). In 1969 he produced and directed three one-hour documentaries on South Africa which resulted in his being banned by the South African government. From 1970-1973, he was the deputy director-general of Chilean National TV during the Salvador Allende regime. From 1973-80, he was a freelance director of documentaries for BBC, Globo (Brazil) and P.B.S. (USA). In 1981 he directed and produced The Life and Times of Bob Marley, the authorized story of Marley’s life, which was distributed worldwide and is available on DVD. In 1985 he co-produced and co-directed Haiti – Dreams of Democracy with Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs). From 1990-2005 he lived in San Francisco, California, where he produced and directed documentaries for P.B.S. Channel 9. In 1996 he received an Oscar nomination for Mandela, an authorized biography, co-directed with Angus Gibson. In 2005 he returned to live in South Africa, and in 2006 made SHAG, a film that explores women’s views on sex and AIDS in present-day Cape Town. From 2008 to 2010, he directed and co-produced Street Talk with Richard Mills, a weekly documentary for Cape Town TV (CTV). In 2010 he made the documentary Thembi, the story of a young AIDS activist from Khayalitsha.

(Sources:
http://the-siege.com/content/filmmakers
http://thembithefilm.com/news)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mandela (1997);
Heartlines (2008, 2009 – Angus Gibson);
Thembi (2011 – Jo Menell).

Filmography:
The Life and Times of Bob Marley (1981 – Jo Menell);
Jasone Modjadji (1983 – Jo Menell);
Kosi Bay (1985 – Jo Menell);
Haiti – Dreams of Democracy (1985 – Jonathan Demme, Jo Menell);
Freedom Square & Back of the Moon (1987 – Jo Menell);
Singing the Changes (1988 – Jo Menell);
Dick: A Film by Jo Menell (1989 – Jo Menell, B. Moel);
Nowhere to Play – Conversations with Sowetan Golfers (1990 – Jo Menell);
7 Up South Africa (1992 – Angus Gibson);
Soweto, A History (1994 – Jo Menell);
Mandela (1996);
Everyman – 14 Up in South Africa (1999 – Angus Gibson);
Blank (2000 – Jo Menell);
Yizo Yizo (1998-2004 – Angus Gibson);
Crossroads (2006 – Angus Gibson);
SHAG (2006 – Jo Menell);
Heartlines (2006 – Angus Gibson);
Zone 14 (2007 – Jo Menell);
21 Up South Africa: Mandela’s Children (2008 – Angus Gibson);
Street Talk (2008-2010 – Jo Menell);
Thembi (2010 – Jo Menell);
La Toma [The Siege] (2011 – Angus Gibson, Miguel Salazar).

Lance Gewer

Biography: Lance Gewer is an internationally recognized award winning filmmaker and cinematographer who has worked in the field for 28 years. He photographed Tsotsi (Directed by Gavin Hood – Oscar for Best Foreign Film 2006, Peoples and Critics Award Toronto Film Festival), Beat the Drum (27 International Awards), Master Harold and the Boys (with Freddy Highmore and Vingh Rheimes), Otelo Burning (over 70 film festivals internationally), Flight of the Storks (Directed by Jan Kounen with Ruttgaer Hauer), Spud and Spud 2 (with Troy Sivan and John Cleese),  Elelwani, Jozi, and others. Lance just completed production of Kite, with Samuel. L. Jackson. He has filmed international feature documentaries, docu-dramas and dramas. He also directed and produced several short fiction and non-fiction films, and has lectured extensively over the last 20 years.

(Source: http://www.lancegewer.com/biography.php)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Come See the Bioscope (1997).

Filmography:
Come See the Bioscope (1997);
Quickies (2003 – Johnny Barbuzano, Lance Gewer, Brendan Pollecutt, Alex Yazbek).

Keith Getter

 Biography: Keith Getter is a Brooklyn resident with active ties to housing, economic development, arts, culture and community health care non-profits. He is also a photographer and videographer and produces documentary footage and photography of musical and dance performance celebrating Afro-Carribean culture including steel pan performances. Getter is employed as a senior relationship manager with NeighborWorks America.

(Source: http://www.rooflines.org/members/4176/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Pan in Brooklyn (2007).

Filmography:
Pan in Brooklyn (2007).