PAST FELLOWS & MENTORS

2015-2016 FELLOWS

RODRIGO BELLOTT

Rodrigo Bellott was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. His breakout film, Sexual Dependency, won over 15 awards in over 65 film festivals around the world and was also Bolivia’s first film competing for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2004 Academy Awards. VARIETY magazine named Bellott as one of the “TOP TEN Latin American Talents to Watch”.

Bellott worked with Mentor, filmmaker Silas Howard on the film adaptation of his play Tu Me Manques, that explores contemporary queer identity in the moment of historical change in contrast with the current situations in other parts of the world.

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MONSTAH BLACK

Monstah Black is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and educator and has accumulated numerous awards including the Tom Murrine Performance Award and the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. He has taught and performed internationally with various dance companies as well as with his own work. He is currently working on a dance film project called “Cotton” sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.

Monstah worked with Mentor, dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles on a performance project entitled HYPERBOLIC!.

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CAROLINE WELLS CHANDLER

Caroline Wells Chandler is a MFA recipient in painting at the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques. With shows nationally and internationally, Chandler’s latest body of work entitled “The Best Little Whore House in Texas” opened in fall of 2016 at Roberto Paradise Gallery in San Juan, PR.

Chandler worked with Mentor, visual artist Angela Dufresne on a series of crocheted figurative works and resin paintings.

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ERIN GREENWELL

Erin Greenwell wrote and directed the feature film My Best Day, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Her other directing endeavors include Oh Come On, a punk DIY performance video for Kathleen Hanna’s band The Julie Ruin and The Golden Age of Hustlers, featuring Justin Vivian Bond’s remake of the iconic song written by legendary punk chanteuse Bambi Lake. In 2006, Greenwell formed Smithy Productions, a production company, with the aim of cultivating talents from the queer/independent art community under the umbrella of narrative and documentary storytelling.

Greenwell worked with Mentor, director and screenwriter Stacie Passonto to develop her narrative feature length script, The Flight Deck, based on the butch/femme lesbian bar scene in Buffalo, NY during the 1950s.

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DORON LANGBERG

Doron Langberg was born in Israel, and currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received his MFA from Yale University and holds a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate from PAFA. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and the Yale Schoelkopf Travel Prize, named as a NYFA Painting Finalist. Langberg’s work was featured in New American Paintings and is in the permanent collection of the PAFA Museum.

Langberg worked with Mentor, visual artist and writer Avram Finkelstein on a series of paintings.

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JAKOB MATKOV

Jake Matkov writes poetry in Brooklyn, NY where he teaches first year writing and is the coordinator of the English / Creative Writing graduate programs at LIU Brooklyn. He is a co-founding editor of visceral brooklyn and his poems have been published in fields magazine, voicemail poems, Maudlin House, those that this, Downtown Brooklyn and others. He received his BA from Arcadia University and his MA and MFA both at LIU Brooklyn.

Matkov worked with Mentor, author Jaime Manrique on a manuscript of poems examining the experience of trauma.

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MYLO MENDEZ

Mylo Mendez is a Texas-born video artist currently based in Brooklyn. Hir work uses humor, narrative, and characters with aberrant bodies to navigate identity, social and geographical borders, and history. Mendez has been featured in group shows in New York City and Austin. Ze received hir MFA from Parsons The New School for Design.

Mendez worked with Mentor, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris on a film about the intersection of trans and punk identities and communities in New York City.

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EVA PESKIN & JUSTINE WILLIAMS

Eva Peskin & Justine Williams are interdisciplinary artists, performers and culture producers. Joint project, Nothing to See Here is perfect example of their use of civic multi-media performance engaging audience-participants dystopia (co-created with Vanessa Gilbert). Peskin is a member of ANIMALS Performance Group and teaches critical media literacy with The Learning About Multimedia Project while Williams is working on New Mystical Readers, a series of queer vision quests incorporating Jungian archetype theories, quizzes, collage, and stop-motion video.

Peskin and Williams worked with Mentor, playwright, director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks on a performance that rethinks the oath of the first Boy Scout Handbook entitled Queer Scouts, questioning accountability, community service and self development with an ethical lens rooted in queer, feminist and anti-racist thought.

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HUGH RYAN

Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator in New York City, whose work focuses on queer politics, culture, and history. He is the Founding Director of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, sits on the Board of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, and has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington.

Ryan worked with Mentor, curator Shannon Michael Cane on a forthcoming show of outsider art at La MaMa Galleria.

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BRENDAN WILLIAMS-CHILDS

Brendan Williams-Childs is a short-story writer from Wyoming. His work has appeared on NPR and in Midwestern Gothic Issue Literary Journal. In 2013, he was awarded the Larry Neal Writers’ Award. He co-edits the very small zine and chapbook press Cheap Dates Press.

Williams-Childs worked with Mentor, author Sarah Schulman on an anthology of speculative short stories.

2015-2016 Mentors

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SILAS HOWARD

Silas Howard began his career as a founding member of the legendary queer punk band Tribe8. His first feature film, By Hook or By Crook, was a Sundance Film Festival premiere and five-time Best Feature winner. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals internationally. His short films, music videos and web series have aired on MTV, Logo, Showtime and the Sundance Channel. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW in 2012 and was picked up for distribution by Film Buff.

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ARTHUR AVILES

Arthur Aviles, an award-winning New York-Rican dancer/choreographer, was born in Queens and raised in Long Island and the South Bronx. He studied theatre with Peter Vercillo and Edward M. Fourrey. His physical training included swimming, diving, wrestling and gymnastics. He received his B.A. from Bard College where he studied dance with Lenore Latimer, Jean Churchill, Albert Reid and Aileen Passloff.

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ANGELA DUFRESNE

Angela Dufresne was born in Hartford CT to Polish, Irish, French and Italian Catholics in 1969. She was raised in Olathe, Kansas, the town where Dick and Perry stopped in before they went on the kill the Clutters.  she was the first of my family linage to get a college degree.

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STACIE PASSON

Stacie Passon is an American film director and screenwriter, whose debut film Concussion premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and subsequently won a Teddy Award Jury Prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

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AVRAM FINKELSTEIN

Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death collective and the art collective, Gran Fury, with whom he collaborated on public art projects for The Whitney Museum, The Venice Biennale, Artforum, LAMOCA, The New Museum, Creative Time, and The Public Art Fund. The collective has work in the permanent collections of The Whitney, MoMA, and The New Museum.

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JAMIE MANRIQUE

Jaime Manrique is a Colombian-born novelist, poet, essayist, and translator who has written both in English and Spanish, and whose work has been translated into fifteen languages.

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THOMAS ALLEN HARRIS

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality.

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TALVIN WILKS

Talvin Wilks is a playwright, director and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the boy, Tod, The Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych.

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SHANNON MICHAEL CANE

Shannon Michael Cane is a writer, curator, collector and publisher from Melbourne, Australia. After publishing and editing the seminal queer art journal THEY SHOOT HOMO’S DON’T THEY? for five years, he moved to NYC in 2008 to work at the world’s largest non-profit specializing in artists’ books; Printed Matter, Inc. Currently working as the curator of fairs and editions he is responsible for staging the NY and LA Art Book Fairs.

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SARAH SCHULMAN

Sarah Schulman is the author of 17 books including the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, forthcoming from The Feminist Press in 2016.  Her new movie Jason and Shirley, co-written with Jack Waters and director Stephen Winter, will premiere in spring 2015.

2014-2015 Fellows

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MORGAN BASSICHIS

Morgan Bassichis is a writer and performer whose shows include When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive and The Witch House. Morgan has performed at Dixon Place, the Wild Project, Recess, and the Garage (San Francisco), as part of the MIX Festival and the HOT! Festival, and in films by Dia Felix and Maria Breaux. Morgan is a graduate of Brown University, a practitioner of Generative Somatics, and has published essays in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other anthologies.

Bassichis worked with Mentor, performance artist Jibz Cameron on a solo show based on “fake” folktales inspired by Yiddish and Slavic mystical fairy tales woven together with stories from his own sojourn to Poland.

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ARISLEYDA DILONE

Arisleyda Dilone left public policy and began to imagine a life outside of the field in 2010, after years of working in international affairs and in New York City politics, Aris developed a documentary concept that was accepted into the Latino Producers Academy administered by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). In August 2011, NALIP announced she had been chosen for the Latino Artists Mentoring Program (LAMP). In 2012, she began to develop her first feature documentary IN BETWEEN about her experience as an intersex female in a Dominican-American setting. Her project was awarded a 2012 Travel & Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation. As a Dominican immigrant, raised in America, Aris always seeks to maintain a relationship with her Latino roots. Through her political work as community organizer in Brooklyn, New York she became closely acquainted with the Latino communities in Williamsburg and Bushwick. In 2013-2014 she was a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow working on the web-based interactive documentary project: Living Los Sures.

Dilone worked with Mentor, documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen on a personal documentary concerning conflicts around gender identity, femininity and cultural borders as an intersex woman in a Dominican-American family.

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ZACHARY FRATER

Zachary Frater is a low femme supershero-in-training from Manhattan. Her hobbies include beasting as Anna Williams, watching balls on Youtube, and loving herself. Since receiving his BA in Art History from City College of New York, Zachary has interned at Visual AIDS as an archivist and programming assistant, and has organized exhibitions, performances, and roundtables in LES, Harlem, and the Bronx. In all his projects, he tries to offer queer brown bodies a place of respite as well as a chance to see and engage with each other’s talents.

Frater worked with Mentor, curator and Dirty Looks NYC founder Bradford Nordeen to develop a televised queer news network to provide resources to queer youth of color reminiscent of pre-internet cable programming.

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SHANNON KEATING

Shannon Keating is a fiction and non-fiction writer living in Brooklyn. Her work—which is broadly concerned with the representation of gender and queerness in literature, cinema, and the mainstream media—has appeared at The Atlantic, Bitch, Salon, The Rumpus, and The Hairpin, among many others. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College in 2013 with a BA in Narrative Studies: Literature and Film, for which she completed an honors thesis of scripts and short stories. She is the recipient of a Mellon International Research Grant for cultural study in Florence, Italy, as well as Connecticut College’s Film Theory and Criticism Prize for a graduating senior. After spending the spring of 2014 with the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France, she moved to New York to begin an Atlantic Media Business Fellowship at Quartz.

Keating worked with Mentor, actor, novelist, and playwright James Lecesne on a lesbian coming-of-age novel following a rugby playing 18-year-old, middle-class, femme-ish gueer girl named Lola.

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LUCE CAPCO LINCOLN

Luce Capco Lincoln is a trans queer Filipino filmmaker, originally from Gainesville, FL, now living in Brooklyn. Lincoln works as a Media Educator at Global Action Project and just finished producing and editing a documentary, In His Own Home, about a 2010 police shooting that happened as a result of police militarization. Lincoln’s early work used personal stories to talk about the intersections of being mixed race, queer and gender non-conforming. Lincoln received a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.

Lincoln worked with Mentor, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris on a series of short experimental videos that uses the family archive to examine LGBTQ history in the 1910’s and 1920’s.

 

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SAMANTHA NYE

Samantha Nye is a Brooklyn based painter and video artist. Much of her work centers around a cast of women (ages 50- 92) related to her either through blood or the social circles of her mother and grandmother. Viewing the family as a perverse engine of intimacy, her art probes the visibility of sexuality that is inherent within families. She uses reenactment and performances of seduction to question where or from whom we learn these methods.

Nye worked with Mentor, painter and writer Carrie Moyer on a series of paintings and drawings using her grandmother’s friends to reenact scenes from vintage Playboy magazines, a painting series based on her experience working at a casino, and a series of video reenactments queering Scopitone films from the 60’s.

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MAIA CRUZ PALILEO

Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist. Migration and the permeable concept of home are constant themes in her paintings, sculptures, and installations. Influenced by the oral history of her family’s arrival in America from the Philippines and her experience of growing up in the Midwest, Maia infuses these narratives with memory and imagination. Among her group exhibitions are those at ArtGate Gallery, Bronx River Art Center, CUE Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, International Studio & Curatorial Program, and Wave Hill. Her work has been featured in Contemporary Art Philippines. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award and has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist In the Marketplace Program. She has taught at Brooklyn College, CUNY, Rutgers University, Newark, The Laundromat Project, and Smack Mellon. Maia currently teaches painting and sculpture with the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She was recently nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, awarded a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and had a solo show at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in January 2015.

Palileo worked with Mentor, visual artist Chitra Ganesh on research/portrait project on her “chosen family”, her LGBTQ peers, that will result in a new body of paintings.

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REBECCA PATEK

Rebecca Patek is a New York-based choreographer and performance artist creating work that synthesizes dance, theater and comedy. She is a 2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant recipient. Patek has been an Artist in Residence at Movement Research, Atlantic Center for the Arts and at Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts) as part of Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program. Patek’s work has been presented at The Museum of Arts and Design, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, Triple Canopy, Prelude Festival, and Dixon Place, among other venues. Works commissioned in 2012-14 include “you and i of the storm” for the Museum of Arts and Design, “Real Eyes” for The Chocolate Factory Theater and “ineter(a)nal f/ear” as part of Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter and American Realness at Abrons Art Center.

Patek wi working with Mentor, Big Art Group founder Caden Manson on a performance project that tells the story of an infamous crime from the 1920’s (the Leopold and Loeb case) through the lens of a family history.

 

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Grey

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Steven

2014-2015 Mentors

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Jibz

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Yorbua

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Bradford

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James

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Thomas

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Carrie

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Chitra

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Caden

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Stacy

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Stacie