Reading – Alter / Altar at Quimby’s in Brooklyn

I’ll be reading here at the end of the month!

Join us for an exciting reading and launch at Quimby’s of an incredibly special, experimental collective of creative voices from the “alter/altar” workshop series, led by OS creative director Lynne DeSilva-Johnson / Elæ (who will be the host / emcee for the evening).

The ‘alter/altar: sigil, soma, score, salve’ workshop community gathered this fall at Poets House for 6 wks, in a space dedicated to deconstructing the boundaries of “poetics,” considering and creating works that challenge genre, drawing on source texts and media, ephemera, detritus, found language, list-making, and the epistolary form—alongside somatic and social practice. We asked: can this work be a powerful, political act of radical self- and community-building? Of witness? Can it be an act of healing? YES.

Participants in this workshop created their own personal shot publications and/or zines alongside many other exciting interdisciplinary and archival projects––and have come together to collaborate on and design an alter/altar publication, which we will launch with this group reading, alongside new work from these incredible maker-writer-thinkers!

Readers / collaborators / altercators performing include: Marie Hinson, Maddy Durante, Christine Scanlon, Reese Francis, Becca Erwin, and Kinsey Cantrell.

We’re so happy to be at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC, a supporter of zine and small publication culture for so many years!

Accessibility: Quimby’s is on the ground floor, and accessible. Event will be seated, and free. Please refrain from wearing heavy scents!

IFP Distribution Lab

In December, I participated in the culminating week of the year long IFP Documentary Lab fellowship. The lab through the NYC-based IFP, mentors first and second time directors in completing a feature length film and connecting their work to funders and other professionals in the film industry. Tom Dwyer and I attended, workshopping our audience and distribution plans for our film Frank Bey: You’re Going to Miss Me.

New Webseries for Comcast

So proud to share that nearly two years of work documenting a massive commissioned art project at Comcast’s new headquarters in Philadelphia has finally been released online.

See it here:

Queer Genius NYC Premiere at NewFest

I’d love to invite you to the NYC premiere of Queer Genius at NewFest on Sat, Oct 26. I am grateful to have worked as director of photography on the culminating two years of the feature documentary with dir. Chet Catherine Pancake. With the “intimacy of home video” the film captures special moments in the lives and work of Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Jibz Cameron, and Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa of Black Quantum Futurism.

more here:

IFP Week Spotlight on Documentaries

Thank you IFP for having us for IFP Week! My producers, Tom Dwyer, and Trevite Willis and I spent a week pitching for Frank Bey: You’re Going to Miss Me to distributors, festivals, funders, and investors. I’ve been working on the project for three years, and it’s been so special to see the growth over those years. Pitching felt like a celebration of how far we’ve come as a team and with our story!

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The Chicken & Egg cohort and mentorship for IFP Week: Judith Helfand, Yvonne Welbon, Marion Isaacs, Milisuthando Bongela, Nailah Jefferson, Tom Dwyer, myself, and Darcy McKinnon.
My brilliant producers Trevite Willis and Tom Dwyer. So much love!

Queer Genius World Premiere at Frameline43

Just announced, the world premiere of Queer Genius, my most recent feature documentary as director of photography and associate producer with director and artist Chet Catherine Pancake. More here:

Over two years of work on the project brought me into the genius of Chet Catherine Pancake’s experimental doc practice. I had a front row, participatory seat to the work and lives of legendary queer artists Camae Ayewa, Rasheedah Phillips, Eileen Myles, and the late Barbara Hammer. Highlights included documenting from within and during Barbara Hammer’s rehearsals and debut of “Evidentiary Bodies” and a visit to Eileen Myles home in Marfa, TX.

Filmmaker Magazine – IFP Fellows Announced

IFP selected me and my first feature for their 2019 Documentary Lab cohort. The lab connects projects and first time directors with a series of three one-week intensives over the remainder of the year to guide films through funding, completion and distribution. More here:

Philadelphia Museum of Art – Final Friday Performance

Stop on the object / move on the image was a collaborative, site transformative performance work set in the Philadelphia Museum of Art against their Brancusi collection. The new work was included in the museum’s Final Friday programming on March 29th.

I designed a videoscape, projected on the ceiling and live, improvised score. The performance featured a collage of new and existing readings and durational movement by myself and four interdisciplinary artists Vitche-Boul Ra, Meg Foley, Sekai’afua Zankel, and Laura Neuman.

Chicken and Egg – Nest Knight Fellowship

In April I was selected as a 2019 Nest Knight Fellow by Chicken and Egg Pictures for Frank Bey: When You Ask Me! The fellowship was a pilot program with the Knight Foundation that comes with a production grant and a year of mentorship with Chicken and Egg staff. More here: