Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray

Biography: Katrina Browne produced and directed Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, and founded the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. Prior to launching this film and family process, Katrina served as Outreach Planning Coordinator for the film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s play Twilight: Los Angeles. Previously she was a senior staffperson at Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program operating in twenty-one cities that she co-founded in 1991. She has an M.A. in Theology from the Pacific School of Religion where she wrote a thesis on film and democratic dialogue. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Biography: Born in Moscow in 1973, Alla Kovgan has been sharing her time between Russia and the US since 1996 making films, installations, and stage intermedia performances in collaboration with artists from different disciplines as well as teaching and curating dance film and avant-garde cinema around the world. Her breakthrough film Nora (36′, 2008), co-directed with David Hinton and based on true stories of a Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, received 30 awards in every kind of genre (fiction, documentary, video art). Alla also co-directed, wrote and edited Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007) and Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007).

Biography: Jude Ray is an award-winning filmmaker of social issue, cultural, and historical documentaries and investigative reports. She co-directed the film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, with Alla Kovgan and Katrina Browne. Ms. Ray also served as the film’s executive producer. She has served as Senior Writer and Consulting Producer for many independent feature docs, including H-2 Worker, chronicling the lives of migrant workers (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance, New Directors/New Films) and Calling the Ghosts: A Story about Rape, War, and Women about the victims of mass rape in Bosnia (Sundance/Soros Fund, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, theatrical distribution, HBO/Cinemax). Ms. Ray is a Recipient of the National Women in Broadcast and Radio Award and numerous grant awards, including the Kheil Fund, NEH, Funding Exchange, North Star Fund, and New York Times Foundation for her post-9/11 work on trauma relief for parents and children affected by the tragedy.

(Sources:
http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/family/
http://communications.yale.edu/poynter/2012/11/28/alla-kovgan
http://www.juderay.presskit247.com/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=3309)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2010 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2011);
Nora (2010 – David Hinton, Alla Kovgan).

Filmography:
Belongings (1998 – Alla Kovgan);
Aching (1999 – Alla Kovgan);
Surface (2000 – Alla Kovgan);
African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich (2002 – Alla Kovgan);
Arcus (2003 – Alla Kovgan);
Touch (2003 – Alla Kovgan);
Movement (R)evolution Africa (2007 – Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan);
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2007);
Nora (2008 – David Hinton, Alla Kovgan);
Russia’s Pepsi Generation (2009 – Alla Kovgan);
New London Calling (2010 – Alla Kovgan).