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A Call To Action 
Director - Krisylyn "Tony" Frazier

Krisilyn "Tony" Frazier received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan Dance Department, Ann Arbor. She continues to perform and choreograph in a variety of dance styles, among her favorites are Modern, Jazz Dance and Hip-Hop. Tony was featured talent in a special performance at the Target Fireworks Celebration, in Detroit Michigan, where she opened for pop/soul artists Brandy, Kanye West, JC Chazes (N Synce artist) and Cassidy. Additionally, Tony was featured on the tour of R and B artist Houstin at the “Hip Hop” Auto Show, also in Detroit Michigan. Tony also studied and danced at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, while pursuing K-12 Dance Certification. She has taught at many national events, including the New Orleans African Dance Festival at Tulane University and has conducted outreach programs in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public School Systems as a Teaching Artist...

Jeannie Donohoe is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has written and directed several short films, including GAME (in festivals), Lambing Season (selected for over 50 film festivals and multiple awards; named one of the “Best Short Films of 2014” by Indiewire; currently airing on PBS Film School Shorts) and Public (Palm Springs ShortFest, PBS Imagemakers). Jeannie was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct GAME through the Lexus Short Films program. Jeannie earned her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University. She attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, and also earned an MS in Education while teaching middle school in the Bronx through the Teach for America program. Jeannie is currently developing her first feature-length film.

Uncle Ted
Written & Produced by
 Louise Johnson 

Louise is a London-based producer and writer. She likes to produce and write dark social dramas set in an urban landscape. Last year, her short play 'Mrs. Hitler' (about Eva Braun) was performed at two London theatres. She hopes to see one of her feature scripts brought to life in the future. 

Game - Director Jeannie Donohoe
Uncle Ted 
Written & Directed by
Bruno Catarino

I was born in Portugal, in a small town south of Lisbon. At age 18, I wanted to work in film, but back then, film was a very unsafe career choice in Portugal, so I opted for the safety of IT, having graduated and worked as a Software Developer since. 

However, during that period, I had these little voices in my head telling me stories. I tried to shut them down and focus on the work I studied my all life to do...

Don't Expel The Blacks 
Director - Princess A.Hairston

Princess A. Hairston is an Emmy-nominated film editor based in New York. Her work spans across various platforms. She was an editor on Fresh Dressed, directed by Sacha Jenkins, which premiered at Sundance in 2015. She edited the first two episodes of the Emmy-nominated series CAPTURE w/ Mark Seliger... 

She's Not a Boy
Directed by Yuhong Pang & Robert Takanel​

Yuhong Pang is a Post Doc. Research Scholar at Columbia Journalism School. Prior to Columbia, she worked at China’s state television channel CGTN and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has been published on The Wall Street Journal, The Diplomat and broadcasted on Beijing Television. 

Eli Jacobs - Fantauzzi 
Director
 Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba
 

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award-winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp.TV. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS. He is the co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Eli is curating his ninth Annual Fist Up Film Festival in the Bay Area, California. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film

Robert Tokanel is a journalist and documentary filmmaker currently working as a digital producer for Mic.com. He has previously produced documentaries about the Holocaust and the Reconstruction era and reported from Jordan and Turkey. His work has been published on The New York Times Learning Network and Boston.com

Aime Sosa Pompa,
Writer
Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

Aime Sosa Pompa is from Santiago de Cuba. She earned her Degree in Journalism (1995) and Masters in Community Cultural Development (2009) at the Universidad de Oriente. Screenwriter, director and producer of radio programs, she made the well-known radio series "Así Se Hace" en 2014. Her focus is to investigate the anti-black racial discourse. In 2011 she received the "Illuminated for wisdom" award in Havana, Cuba. She also received the best screenplay award for "Angels in the city" in Santiago de Cuba 2013. In 2016 she was awarded best radio program at the Provincial Festival of the Radio. She is proud to have been the writer on the new award-winning documentary film Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba.

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