Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen such institutions as The New Museum NY, The Kitchen, MOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and more as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years."
Yoruba Richen (Film)
Yoruba Richen is an award - winning documentary filmmaker who has directed films in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been featured on PBS, New York Times Op Doc, New York Magazine’s website, The Cut, and The Atlantic. Her last film The New Black won multiple festival awards and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Media Award. The New Black opened theatrically at New York’s Film Forum and aired on PBS's Independent Lens in 2014. She recently won a Clio award for her short film about the Grammy nominated singer Andra Day. Yoruba received the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access and was also a Sundance Producers Fellow. She is a featured TED Speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.
Bradford Nordeen (Curatorial)
Bradford Nordeen holds an MA in Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. The founder of Dirty Looks NYC, a platform for queer experimental film and video, and the site-specific off-shoot series, Dirty Looks: On Location, a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces.
James Lecesne (Literary)
James Lecesne has been telling stories for over twenty-five years. He has created several his solo shows, including WORD OF MOUTH, which won the NY Drama Desk Award & NY Oter Cristics Circle Award). His short film, TREVOR, received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 1994, and went on to inspire The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. James has also written for TV, he is the author of several novels for Young Adults and he was most recently seen as an actor in Gore’s Vidal THE BEST MAN on Broadway.
Thomas Allen Harris (Film)
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.
Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art.
Caden Manson (Performing Arts)
Caden Manson is co-founder of Big Art Group and editor of contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video and set designed 13 Big Art Group productions that have toured nationally and internationally.
Stacy Szymaszek (Literary)
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009), both published by Litmus Press, as well as numerous chapbooks, including Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (OMG, 2008), from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009) and austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012).
Stacie Passon (Film)
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.