Summary: Multi-Media Producer. Independent documentary producer, writer and director. Film Festival Director, Magazine and Web Writer/Editor. Blogger. Editorial, production and management experience in news and talk shows.
The Medill School of Journalismat Northwestern U. Evanston, IL
Bachelor degree of Science in Journalism. Concentration in Social Psychology: Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology.
The City College of New York University
Master’s of Fine Arts in Film/Media Arts. Concentration in documentary film production.
Languages: English, Spanish
FILM PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE
2014 Producer, Writer, Director New York, NY
“Living with APBD” is a branded series of short documentaries made for theAdult Polyglucosan Body Disease Research Foundation about patients, their caretakers and researchers for this rare disease.
2007 Associate Producer New York, NY
“U.N. Fever,” a feature-length documentary by Andrea Weiss of Jezebel Productions (“Escape to Life” and “Paris was a Woman”) about three college teams as they compete in an annual International United Nations simulation held in New York City.
2006 Associate Producer Atlanta, GA
“Dear Willie,” an indie feature film by first-time writer/director/editor, Elmer Bowman
Summer 2006 Production Office Coord. (prep) New York, NY
“Turn the River,” an indie feature film starring Famke Janssen (“XMEN”) by first-time writer/director/actor, Chris Eigeman.
Summer 2005 Asst.Production Offfice Coord. New York, NY
“A Very Serious Person” (Debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival) a feature film co-written and directed by Charles Busch (“Psycho Beach Party”), Producers Daryl Roth (Daryl Roth Theatre) and Richard Guay (‘Kinsey”)
2000-2005 Short Film Producer GA, NY, LA
“When They Could Fly” Fiction Director Piotr Kajstura
“Cranked Up” Fiction Director Heath Allen
”Ana’s Story” Documentary Dir. Bozena Bodgziewicz
“The Wedding Proposal” Documentary Writer/Director/Producer
Broadcast: BET Jazz; Education Distributor: Filmakers Library; Over 20 film festival screenings including: Hot Springs Doc, Hollywood Black, Independent Film Project’s Buzzcuts and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora (curated) Awards: Journey Award from Citivisions Film Festival; Most Promising Filmmaker from She Calls the Shots Film Festival
“Rosa” Experimental Doc Writer/Director/Producer
“Waiting for the Ferry” Fiction Producer/A.D.
“Priceless” Fiction Writer/Producer
“Shake it Up, Shake it Down” Documentary Writer/Director/Producer
Broadcast: WPBAtlanta TV Festivals: Over 15 film festivals including Atlanta Film Festival.
2004 – 2008 Festival Director Atlanta, GA
Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project: Executed the festival, in Atlanta, by advertising and recruiting filmmaking teams, negotiated contracts, solicited prizes and donations, scouted and booked locations for screenings, competition events and networking parties. Corresponded with filmmakers, html, hire post facility, and act as liaison between filmmakers and Exec. Producers of the project. Increased participating teams more than 100 percent and have recruited local and national sponsors, thereby attracting talented filmmakers to judge the competition. Interviewed as Festival Director on Atlanta radio stations WABE and WAOK, also webzine, CinemATL.
Spring 2004 Production Assistant New York, NY
“Silent Choices” an award-winning documentary about Black women and abortion by Faith Pennick. Winner of best documentary award at the Roxbury Film Festival and currently touring.
“Belle” by writer/director, Ruth Sergel (Debuted on IFC channel) and A Street Pictures Production with Producers, Nicole Franklin (“Double Dutch Divas”) and Pamela Griffiths and Maya Montanez Smukler
Winter 2003 Archival Reseacher New York, NY
GreenHouse Pictures (“Occupation Dreamland”) on their untitled film about American folklore legend, John Henry.
Summer ‘97 Film Office Production Manger Rockport, ME
International Film and Television Workshop: Managed 30 course assistants, camera assistants and office personnel during the production of 150 week-long courses. Responsible for producing course materials for over 2000 students; provided office support for instructors, acted as location manager and casting director for several film/video projects. Produced 18 wrap parties and three film debut screenings.
1993 – 1994 Music Video PA Atlanta, GA
Noted Directors: Tommy Burns, Eric Haywood, Keith Ward, Rubin Whitmore III, Hype Williams and Billie Woodruff on various music videos.
TALK SHOW EXPERIENCE
June 08 – July 2010 Segment Producer New York, NY
Independent Sources on CUNYTV: Generated story ideas and booked interviews, produced elements, wrote packages for a weekly show about issues being reported by the ethnic and immigrant media in New York City. Additional credits as camera, editor and on-camera talent. Show hosts: Garry Pierre-Pierre and Vianora Vinca.
Dec 07 – May 08 Segment Producer/Show Writer Atlanta, GA
Bobby Jones Next Generation on GMC: As Segment Producer: Located, produced and wrote profiles about up and coming young people with inspirational stories connected to gospel music. As Show Writer: Researched music guests and wrote 10 show scripts for live-to-tape audience music show. Show hosts: Dr. Bobby Jones and Lisa Kimmie.
Feb 07 – June 07 Show Producer New York, NY
Meet the Faith on BET: Produced shows from concept through network delivery. Produced at least two packages per show. Wrote show scripts and guest questions. Researched, booked and pre-interviewed guests. Gathered additional visual elements. Organized and direct workflow with production management and post production. Show host: Dr. Ian Smith. Noted Guests: Soledad O’Brien, Joel Olsteen, Eddie Levert of The O’Jays (first interview after death of son Gerald)
July 06 – Jan 07 Associate Producer New York, NY
Paula Zahn Now on CNN: Generated and researched story ideas. Researched, coordinated and edited video elements for daily, live news program. Notable Stories: Hurricane Katrina Anniversary, 5 Year 9/11 Anniversary (9/11 was Zahn’s first day at CNN)
Sept 01 – Dec 01 Guest Booker/Show Writer Atlanta, GA
Spiritual Impact on MBC: Booked newsmakers and celebrity guests. Conducted guest pre-interviews, coordinated travel, lodging, car arrangements for guests. Show host: Atty. Willie Gary
NEWS PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE
June 27, 2010 Live Broadcast Producer Brooklyn, NY
Kreyol Music Festival: Produced all phases of the 6-hour internet and television broadcast from Brooklyn’s WingatePark to Haiti. Create production plan, timeline and show run down. Hire Technical Director. Book guests. Coordinate satellite, camera and internet hosting crews. Manage on air show time while coordinating with live show managers. Notable Performer: Wyclef Jean.
1997- 2006 Freelance Producer Atlanta, GA
Clients within CNN/Time Warner:
CNN Financial News: Coordinating Producer between Hong Kong, London, NYC and Atlanta. Live Shot Producer. Video Feeds Coordinator. Editor for video elements (vos, sots, packages)
Special Projects: Produced over 100 natural sound packages for the celebration of CNN Millennium and CNN’s 20th anniversary. Millennium interviewed newsmakers and experts talked about their ideas, hopes and dreams for the new century from Madeline Albright to Queen Noor to Deepak Chopra. CNN 20 interviewed past and present CNN anchors, producers and photographers about big stories they had reported on. Dave Nuckolls Executive Producer.
International Assignment Desk: Managed assigned regions by corresponding with reporters on stringers in the area, monitoring news reports coming from region via internet and news wire services, and researching story ideas for reporters. Responsible for coordinating live shots and video packages for the region.
CNN International: Business Segments Producer: Line-produced live cut-ins and coordinated video elements for “hits” out of Hong Kong, London, New York from the Atlanta control room.
Clients outside of CNN: ABC News (repackage reports for GMA); The Cartoon Network-Latin America (traffic); Kestrel Communications Inc. (segment producer for ESPN’s 2001 Women in Sports Broadcast); Network News Service (package producer/editor); The Symmetry Group Inc.; Major Broadcast Corporation; The Promotions Group and VidPro Productions.
Oct 95 – May 97 Associate Producer/Writer Atlanta, GA
Turner Private Networks Inc.: Collaborated on the development and visual needs of daily cut-ins for news, weather and sports. Generated and researched story ideas. Wrote and produced show segments.
Cafe USA: Generated story ideas, researched and coordinated archival video and shoots for a place-based network. Performed quality control checks and commercial trafficking for show. Maintained show records and managed 10-person-office.
May 93 – Sept 95 Production Assistant Atlanta, GA
Cable News Network: Assisted Associate Producer with coordinating elements for live broadcasts. Acted as liaison between Producers and Play Back Operator. Edited video elements for newscasts. Video Production Coordinator: made detailed descriptions of newly obtained video for news production library. Video Journalist: ripping and running scripts, floor managing and teleprompt operator for broadcasts.
2010- 2012 Writer/Editor New York, NY
Contributor to BlackandBrownNews.com; Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Toomer
2010- 2012 Writer New York, NY
Contributor to Today’s Child Magazine; Editor-in-Chief Michelle Drayton
June 2003-June 2006 Writer/Edito New York, NY
Black Documentary Collective newsletter writer and editor. BDC a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting documentary filmmakers from the African Diaspora.
2004 Freelance Writer Atlanta, GA
Contributor to the Southwest Atlanta Magazine; Editor-in-Chief Andrea Arceneaux
1993-1994 Freelance Writer Atlanta, GA
Contributor to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Peach Buzz section about Atlanta’s high society and newsmakers.
Oct 91 – Oct 92 Interim Managing Editor Santo Domingo, DR
The Santo Domingo News: Managed 12 contributor/ four member editorial staff. Reported, line edited and designed paper layout. Fluent in Spanish.
Summer 1990 Reporter Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Daily News: General assignment reporter.
Spring 1990 Reporting Intern Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Times-Union: General assignment reporter for the Orangeburg bureau.
LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION, TEACHING, GUEST SPEAKER
Sept 2012- Present Associate Director New York, NY
The Documentary Forum at City College of New York: Create, organize, operate and sustain a center dedicated to the art and social issue mission of documentaries via film, photography, journalism and new media. Create proposal and shepherd through college approval process, create 5 year sustainability plan, create marketing and branding materials, market programs and events, social media, audience development and retention.
Feb–Aug 2012 Production Coord./Producer New York, NY
ImageNation Cinema Foundation: Construct contracts, create and adhere to production timelines for an awards gala, kickstater project and 19 film screenings. Editor/proofreader for 40-page gala booklet. Solicited businesses for swag and beverage donations. Create and execute NY outreach campaigns for 4 indie films, 2 with theatrical runs. Moderate Q&As and produce live Skype interviews with cast members. Hire, schedule and supervise interns.
Sept – May 2011 Teen Film Outreach Coord. New York, NY
Downtown Community Television: Marketed free short film screenings made by the teens in DCTV’s Professional Youth Media Training (PRO-TV) to public school administrators and teachers. Increase screenings by 30 percent. Generate leads for DCTV to teach youth media awareness and criticism curriculum. Create, invite participants and market interactive discussion between media makers and young filmmakers.
Winter 2016 Adjunct Professor at CCNY Created Video Storytelling for Journalists
Spring 2008 Adjunct Professor at CCNY Taught Doc 1 Workshop
2006-2008 Judge for the International Documentary Challenge
2006 Guest Lecturer at CityCollege of New York
2005-2007 Judge for the National Documentary Film Challenge
2002-2003 Guest Lecturer at Benjamin E. Mays High School
2001 A subject in WABE radio doc on Atlanta women filmmakers
2000 Atlanta Film Fest Panelist “Making & Marketing Short Films”
Black Documentary Collective, Cinema Sisters, International Documentary Association, Docuclub, Image Film and Video, Downtown Community TV, National Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Assoc. of Black Journalists, New York Assoc. of Black Journalists, Independent Film Project, Film Forum, 48 Hours Film Project, New York Women in Film and Television, Northwestern University Club of Greater New York, Medill Club of Greater New York and Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (East).