Jon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. He believes cinema has the power to explore the intersection of race, power, identity, gender and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries, including Out in the Night (POV, Logo 2015) and Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens 2015), among several other projects. Prior to coming to the Flaherty, Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where he was responsible for developing the museum’s public film program. Jon has served on juries for International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Star Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), and CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden). He has a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.
has worked in the field of documentary film for more than a decade. She began her career in film at the Independent Feature Project before working in production. She is the Director/Producer of the award-winning short The Special Music School of America and the Producer of the PBS short Orchestra 2001. She produced the feature-length documentary Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and aired on Bravo and the Sundance Channel. Sarie is also the Producer of Fallout, Supply & Demand, Engine of Change and is a Co-Producer on the feature documentary Welcome to Shelbyville which had its festival premier in the fall of 2010 and screened on PBS' Independent Lens in 2011.
She worked as a Director/Producer for HealthiNation, producing short pieces on various health topics for Comcast On Demand. While working in documentary production, Sarie also served for five years as Program Director of DocuClub, an organization that facilitated filmmakers in the making of their documentaries.
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Aidan is a New York City-based artist, photographer, and experimental filmmaker with a focus on documentary. Graduating with a BFA in Film from SUNY Purchase in 2020, he has worked on several award-winning documentaries, including Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Fall of James Brown and won an award for best experimental film at the SUNY Wide Film Festival in 2019 for his film Read @ 12:35AM. While freelancing in several creative industries he continues to make experimental films that deal with themes of youth, fatherhood, and masculinity.
BEN TITERA is an academic, artist, and writer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is currently based in Ridgewood, Queens. Ben is a student of media, taking interest in queer theory and philosophy, and holds a passion for the avant-garde as it manifests across music, image, and text. He recently earned his BA from Eugene Lang College with a focus in culture and media studies. He is currently working on his master’s thesis, which is exploring the output of aesthetic experimentation in the wake and in the break of climate change. Ben seeks spaces that facilitate the collective exchange of ideas, especially within the contexts of moving image media.
YUEYING FENG is a filmmaker and writer based in New York City. Originally from Shenzhen, China, she received an M.F.A. in Film from Syracuse University, NY. As part of her master's thesis on sexual violence against women in contemporary China, she completed the short documentary What I haven’t Known About Her. The film deals with a public topic from an intimate perspective, featuring two important female members of her family. During her undergraduate studies in China, she volunteered for three years at one of the largest student film festivals; International Student Film Festival. Along with her teaching assistantship in grad school, she is interested in making documentaries that convey universal emotions from an autobiographical and intimate perspective.
ALEC LANE is an archivist, filmmaker, and academic raised in Cold Spring, NY and living in Brooklyn. His interests are primarily in film preservation, philosophy, and formalist avant-garde and underground art, especially minimalist and queer cinemas. He has assisted with several film digitization projects at his university’s archive and produced writing on film in academic and critical contexts. He is finishing his senior year as a Cinema Studies major at New York University
ANTHONY CHASSI is an academic, video editor, and occasional photographer born in Queens, NY and raised in Newburgh, NY. His interests include Latin American cinema (particularly Colombian) and radical political documentary cinema. He has produced videos for organizations such as History UnErased and has assisted in teaching classes on photography for The Josephine Herrick Project. He holds a BA in Film Studies and Anthropology from CUNY Queens College and is currently pursuing his MA in Film Studies at Columbia University.
ANDREA NAPPI is a filmmaker born and raised in New York City. She works with both analog and digital filmmaking techniques, and has a passion for experimental and independent cinema. Andrea also has a background in music, and has played the flute for over ten years. The experiences she's had with music heavily influence her filmmaking practice, and she takes delight in directing music videos. Andrea currently attends The New School, and is pursuing both a Bachelor’s degree in Screen Studies with a minor in Gender Studies, and a Master’s degree in Media Studies.
BEDATRI DATTA CHOUDHURY has assisted in commissioning, researching for, and disseminating independent documentary films made under grants from the Government of India. She has also helped program and organize India's largest documentary film festival and workshops. Her interest in films stems from her study of literature and largely focuses on South Asian studies, Gender and Post Colonialism. Born and raised in India, she is now pursuing her post-graduate degree in Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of Arts, NYU.
PATRICK OFFENHEISER is a filmmaker, editor and multimedia artist. Originally from Boston by way of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Lima, Peru, he graduated with a BA in Film & Electronic Arts and History from Bard College and went on to produce documentary work for non-profit organizations and television, focusing on marginalized and displaced communities, particularly in Latin America and the United States. In his work he pursues questions of memory, homeland and diaspora as well as cultural erasure and globalization and recently completed the 2016 Collaborative Fellowship with UnionDocs. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.
PATRICIA ARELLANOis from Mexico and relocated to NYC while she interns for The Flaherty and UnionDocs. She has worked and volunteered for various film and music festivals in NYC and Mexico, including the Brooklyn Film Festival and AMBULANTE the documentaries tour (Mexico), the Morelia International Film Festival as a Print Traffic Assistant and the Morelia Music Festival as a Venue Coordinator. She holds a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences with a focus on arts management by the Tecnologico de Monterrey.
NINA JERSLEV SVENDSEN is from Denmark and is interning at The Flaherty during July and August, after she will return to Copenhagen where she resides. She is studying Political Science at Copenhagen University and will begin her third year of undergraduate school in the fall. Following completion of her Bachelors degree, she wants to study American Politics and Culture or Film and Media Studies. Between her studies she is a Student Assistant at the PhD courses held at the Department of Political Science in Copenhagen. While living in New York she has also volunteered for Rooftop Films.
RAHMAH PAUZI grew up in Kajang, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She recently graduated from Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where she completed a short documentary "Welcome to Malaysia” as part of her master’s thesis on modern Malaysia’s immigrants. Her past works include virtual reality piece “Return to Chernobyl” (PBS Frontline), “Not my heaven: 5 Years in America” (Five College Film Festival 2014), radio documentary series “Far From Home” (BFM Radio Kuala Lumpur), and Malay-Muslim millenial web-show “Sekilas” (BFM Radio Kuala Lumpur). Rahmah is a proud bilingual, migrant, and Malaysian citizen.