who’s who

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anchor artist/the archivist :: kara lynch

k lynch is a time-based artist living in Brooklyn. Awards for her video work include iFilms and PlanetOut and Individual artist grants from NYFA and NYSCA. She participated in various artist residencies: Arts International Residency in Moscow; the Banff Centre for the Arts; el Laboratorio Fronterizo de Escritores/Writing Lab on the Border; and the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Most notable projects include: ‘Black Russians’– a feature-length documentary; ‘Invisible’ –  an episodic, speculative video/audio installation project; ‘Mouhawala Oula’ – a trio performance for oriental dance, live video and saxophone, ‘The Outing’ – a video travelogue; and ‘Xing Over’ – a multi-channel audio piece. She’s published in XCP Streetnotes, Ulbandus Review, BFM, contributed audio to Cabinet Magazine, video to PocketMyths Odyssey Project, and drawings/writings to the Encyclopedia Project v.II F-K. She served as juror for Outfest, MIX: New York, and the New Festival; and on advisory boards for The Mountain School, Clockshop, and Denniston Hill. She’s an active member of Interdiciplinario, La Lìnea, a feminist artist collective on the US/Mexico border. kara completed her MFA in Visual Arts at UCSD, a Permaculture Design Certification from the Center for Bioregional Living, and currently is an Associate Professor of Video and Critical Studies at Hampshire College.

Producer :: Duana C. Butler

Ms. Butler is an independent filmmaker based in Harlem, U.S.A. Ms. Butler serves as Series Director for Black Public Media’s PBS series “Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange”.  She co-produced the documentary “Miss Navajo” (Director: Billy Luther) which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens November 2007.  She has served as Curator/Producer of WNET/Thirteen’s “Reel New York” and “Reel 13 Shorts” series.  Ms. Butler is presently completing her feature documentary “Harlem Stories: A Community in Transition” (working title).

Composer and Musical director :: Courtney Bryan 

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, La, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Her compositions range from solo works to large ensembles in the jazz and new music idioms, film scores, and collaborations of dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors. She performs around the New York area, and is the organist and director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Bethany Baptist Church of Newark, NJ. Courtney has academic degrees from Oberlin Conservatory ’04 (BM), Rutgers University ’07 (MM), and Columbia University ’09 (MA). Recently, Courtney was a Visiting Instructor at Oberlin Conservatory. Currently, she is pursuing a DMA in music composition at Columbia University of New York. She has two self-released recordings, “Quest for Freedom” (2007) and “This Little Light of Mine” (2010).

Selected performances include a solo piano composer concert by Courtney Bryan as part of the St. Paul’s Chapel Concert Series, a collaborative project entitled Blood Dazzler by Angela’s Pulse premiered at Harlem Stage where Courtney was both composer and performer, performances as bandleader at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, as well as at The Jazz Gallery and The Stone in New York City. Courtney was featured recently as a speaker in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) Conversation Series at Columbia University and in the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, and was featured in the recent Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life radio documentary “The Harlem Renaissance: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Race.” Courtney was the featured composer and speaker at the Callaloo Conference 2012 in Princeton NJ, recently traveled with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Horns to Havana program as an instructor with the New Orleans Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp to Havana, Cuba, and is a subject in a documentary by Geoffrey Poister, entitled “Jazz Dreams II,” which documents fourteen years in the lives of musicians, Courtney Bryan, Jason Marsalis, and Irvin Mayfield.


Stage Direction :: Charlotte Brathwaite

A native of Toronto, Canada, (director and performer) Charlotte Brathwaite joined the internationally renowned La MaMa E.T.C’s Great Jones Repertory Company as an actor at the age of 16 and performed in New York and in over 12 countries with the company.  As a freelance director, her work has been presented in theaters in America, Mexico, the Netherlands, India, Germany, Austria, Trinidad and Croatia.  Recently, she directed the workshop production of Woman Bomb by Ivana Sajko at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; The Coming… at the Living Theater; Kleopatra: The Dead Don’t Bite by Naturaleza Humana and the Aarshi Theater Company in Kolkata, India; Smile Orange by Trevor Rhone at the Little Carib Theatre in Trinidad, West Indies; American Schemes by Radha Blank at New York City Summerstage; Christina Anderson’s Good Goods; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the Amsterdam School for the Arts in the Netherlands and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Charlotte is co-founder of the Berlin based performance group Naturaleza Humana.  She has assistant directed for Yale Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center, Yale Opera and Director Robert Wilson.  This summer she looks forward to assisting Opera Director Francesca Zambello at the Glimmerglass Festival as part of the Young Artist Program.  Most recently she shadowed Director Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) on set at Disney in Los Angeles.  Charlotte is recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation George C. Wolfe Award, a Princess Grace Foundation/Baryshnikov Arts Center New Works Residency and the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize among others.

Photographer :: Sonia Paulino

Sonia Paulino’s photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the California Museum of Photography, Daniel Azoulay Gallery in Miami, FL, and Estación Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico. Her latest series of work was exhibited in a solo show in Los Angeles titled DAWG: Portraits From Echo Park. Ms. Paulino is the recipient of various honors and awards, such as 3 in the 2010 Outwin Boochever People’s Choice Award at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Honorable Mention for The World Wide Photography Gala Robert Cornelius Award for Portraiture. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Minor in Art History from Florida International University in Miami, Florida in 2000, and a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2004, where she was awarded a full tuition scholarship and fellowship. Ms. Paulino currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and has begun a new series of portraits featuring local Dominican small-business owners.

Associate Producer :: M. Asli Dukan
M. Asli Dukan is a producer, director and editor from New York City. She graduated from The City University of New York with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts in 1999 where she received the best editing award for her thesis film, “Sleeping on a train in Motion.” Her media works have screened at the Blowin’ Up A Spot Film Festival and M.A.L.I. Women’s Film and Performing Arts Conference in Dallas and Austin, Texas, OnyxCon in Atlanta, Georgia, Citivisions and the Imagenation Film & Music Festival in New York City, the Black to the Future Science Fiction Festival and the Langston Hughes Film Festival, both in Seattle, Washington and on Move the Frame, a video dance television program based in New York City. She received a grant from the Kitchen Table Giving Circle in 2012 and received an Urban Artist Initiative Grant/NYC in 2009. In 2000, she founded Mizan Media Productions to produce short and feature length SF films and music videos. She has produced and directed several music videos, including “Boot” for Tamar-kali and “Do You Mind” for Hanifah Walidah, which debuted on LOGO in 2008. She is in post-production on the feature length documentary, “Invisible Universe” which explores the history of African American images in fantasy, horror and science fiction literature and film and is in development on the feature length horror film, “Skin Folk” based on the book by award winning SF writer, Nalo Hopkinson.

Production Coordinator :: Thabi Moyo

Production Manager :: James Gillard

Witness Docent :: Mariana Valencia

Graphic Design – banner and postcard  ::  Chris Ferreria

Production Stills :: Daniel Johnson + Shameel Arafin

Camera Crew NYC :: Mira Stenzor, Hilary Basing, Sudama Kanchibhotla

Sound Recording Consultant :: JT Takagi

Video Postcard Editor :: Saeun Kim

Art Direction Consultants :: Jaclyn Pryor + Julia M. Smith

 Sound Recordists in NYC :: 

Mukama Chinyelum, Victor Garcia, Thanh Hoang, Jacqueline Wade, Roee Messinger

Creative Partners for New York City production ::

IMPACT Repertory Theater and team leaders, Deitrice Bolton and Carlton Taylor

We are youth activists who view the creative arts and leadership training as a way to develop ourselves and change the world in a positive way. We believe that we must be the message that we bring through hardwork, focus, discipline, unity and the principles of S.O.S. safe space, outstanding effort and service to our family friends and community.


First Corinthians Baptist Church Choir and Director, Dr. Patrice Turner

Convent Baptist Church Choir and Director, Professor Gregory H. Hopkins

Bethany Baptist Church Choir and Directors, Rodney Smith and Lillian Whitaker 

Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church Choir and Director, Omar Jackson and Colleen A. C. Beaumont-Scott

Community Partners for New York City Production ::

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


National Black Programming Consortium

Harlem River Task Force

Printing Services provided by :: 

Radix Media – Brooklyn, NY      http://radixmedia.org/

YD Printing Corp. – Harlem, NY

support provided by ::

the Franklin Furnace Fund :



This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Hampshire College Faculty Development Grant
Private Donations from Wayne + Stevia Lynch

Special Thanks ::

Talvin Wilks

George Lewis

Juliana Snapper

Patrice Turner

Javiera Benevente

Laura Marie Thompson

Martha Wilson

Constance Valis-Hill

Joy James

Celeste Henery

Lenzi Daniel

Erin Gray

Margaret Cerullo

Marla Erlien

Joan Gibbs

Iris Rose, Steve and Susan Lynch

Robin + Henri Coste Lewis

Anna and Daniel Kojo Shrade

Media Services, Hampshire College – Neil Young, Matt Newman, Andrew Hart, Chris Tamma, and the whole crew of student workers

New York City Parks and Recreation

African and African Diaspora Studies Department and the Warfield Center, University of Texas, Austin

Friends and Colleagues from the Iwalewa Haus and the Akademie of Advanced African Studies, Bayreuth Universtity – Bayreuth, Germany


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