Fall 2019 Flaherty NYC Programmers Announced

Courtney Stephens is a filmmaker and programmer based in Los Angeles. Her non-fiction and experimental films have appeared at NYFF, SXSW, Hong Kong IFF, Dhaka IFF, Mumbai IFF, San Francisco IFF, The Exploratorium, DokuFest, Onion City, Orphans Film Symposium, Crossroads, and elsewhere. She co-programs the Highland Park microcinema Veggie Cloud, which frequently collaborates with other institutions such as The Getty, REDCAT, and lafilmforum, presenting a citywide retrospective of Chantal Akerman’s work, and events with Jim McBride, Jackie Raynal, and Roger Corman. She attended the American Film Institute, after which she was an assistant to Terrence Malick, and contributed footage to his Voyage of Time. She is a recent MacDowell Fellow, the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to India, and has lectured and written on subjects related to female travel and material history. 

Mathilde Walker-Billaud is a curator and cultural producer based in New York City. She worked as an editor, programmer and manager for Centre National de la Danse, company nora chipaumire, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Dara Birnbaum’s studio, Dis-Voir Books on Contemporary Culture, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, The Drawing Center, UnionDocs, and Villa Gillet (a center for fiction and non-fiction based in Lyon, France). Walker-Billaud programs and hosts at UnionDocs an ongoing series of mixed media talks about spectatorship entitled “What You Get Is What You see” (which featured Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Melanie Bonajo, Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture, Elisa Giardina Papa, David Levine, Martha Rosler, Luc Sante, and more). In 2019, she curated the exhibition this is the no thing that we are at CCS BARD College (as part of her master of arts degree), which engages the work of Susan Hiller and Krista Belle Stewart. Her writing and voice have appeared in BOMB Magazine and the podcast Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything.