While I was in graduate school at Harvard University studying Chinese language and the history of law, I got my start as a producer when I was invited to join the Organizing Committee of the NGO Forum on Women in China. There, I produced Youth Arts & Culture Events for what was at the time the largest ever gathering of both women and youth activists. Since then, I have produced a wide spectrum of projects in film, theater, and visual arts; these include events, benefits, theatrical shows, photo shoots, narrative features, documentaries, short films, episodic series, branded content, and music videos. My films have played on television channels including HBO, IFC, PBS, and the Sundance Channel; at festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Locarno, and Berlin; and theatrically around the world including two features at the prestigious Film Forum in New York.
Below are some of the amazing directors, artists, and institutions with whom I’ve been lucky to work. To see a more complete list of those with whom I have collaborated over the past twenty years, please visit this link.
I started working with Chiara in 2007, when I produced her first film,
the documentary Our City Dreams. Since then, we’ve collaborated
on many projects including the Webby Award winning short
film series, Beginnings, for the Sundance Channel.
I first met Catherine as an activist through the Third Wave Foundation, which she co-founded. About ten years later, we started working together on What’s On Your Plate?, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and played on Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. Our second collaboration, Born to Fly, a documentary about daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb, premiered at SXSW Festival in March 2014 and began its theatrical run at Film Forum in NYC in September 2014. It had its television premiere on Monday, May 11 on PBS’s Independent Lens and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Arts & Culture Programming. There was a wonderful review by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sarah Kaufman in the Washington Post. The DVD recently went on sale. You can support both the film and the amazing cinema Film Forum by purchasing it through this link. It is also streaming on Netflix. In 2017, I consulted on Catherine’s documentary feature Chavela about the Mexican outlaw ranchera and lover of Frida Kahlo. This film premiered at the Berlinale.
I produced a short film about Mickalene in Chiara Clemente’s Beginnings. Then, in a magical progression, a few years later I produced a film by Mickalene. It’s her first documentary—one about her mother and muse, Sandra Bush, who sadly passed away soon after the film premiered at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in autumn 2012. Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman aired on HBO in February 2014 and has been screened in many cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans.
• Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman on HBO
• Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman in the NYT
I’ve worked with this MacArthur Award winning artist on multiple projects since 2008. I’ve also been in her photos and videos. Her touring retrospective received rave reviews and opened at the Guggenheim Museum in January 2014. I helped the team at The OFFICE produce a series of programs under the banner “CMW Live from the Guggenheim,” which took place in April 2014. I also helped produce and was in a series of photographs commissioned by MoMA for its book on the history of the MoMA Sculpture Garden. Currently, I am co-director with Carrie of her show Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. In fall 2017, the show will tour to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. It previously played at Yale Repertory Theater in September 2016.
• Carrie Mae Weems LIVE
From 2008-2017, I was the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Miami-based Rubell Family Collection, one of the most significant private collections of contemporary art in the world. For nine years, you could find me there during Art Basel Miami Beach.
With David Cress (Portlandia), I produced a music video for “Dream a Little Dream,” a collaboration between Pink Martini and the Von Trapps. Entertainment Weekly gave the video an exclusive launch in October 2014, which you can see here.
In 2009, I began producing MADE HERE, a short film series directed by Chiara Clemente for HERE Arts Center with lead funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. We interviewed around 100 artists and made 50 episodes. In December 2013, the series completed its highly successful run. We exceeded our initial projections by producing double the number of seasons (4 instead of 2) and by reaching more than triple our expected viewership (35,000 unique viewers instead of 10,000). The website at www.madehereproject.org will serve as a resource for generations of performing artists and audiences to come.
I was both producer and performer for Andrew Ondrejcak in Elijah Green. In April 2015, Andrew and I were named as award recipients for this show by the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In August 2015, the production was one of six projects selected for the National Theater Project grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The show ran in March 2016 at The Kitchen in New York.
I produced PS122’s 2014 and 2015 galas. The first was on May 12, 2014 at the Diamond Horseshoe in the Paramount Hotel. Co-chaired by Justin Vivian Bond and Michael Stipe and honoring performance artists John Fleck, Holly Hughes, Clara Miller, and Tim Miller, the gala was at the time PS122’s most financially successful ever. The event featured appearances by Andrew Ondrejcak and Shara Worden with Khorikos and Helga Davis, Ira Glass and Monica Bill Barnes & Company Dance, Lena Hall, Duncan Sheik, Nath Ann Carrera and Amber Martin, Okwui Okpokwasili, Lance Horne, Elizabeth Streb, Ben Cameron, and Olaf Triebel of Le Sept Doigts de la Main. Then, on April 20, 2015, the next gala raised double the revenue of the previous year. Held at Capitale on the Bowery, it was hosted by Alan Cumming and honored Claire Danes and NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Remarks and appearances were by Mandy Patinkin, Tamar Rogoff, Justin Vivian Bond, Peaches, Meow Meow, Casey Spooner, and Lance Horne, with DJ sets by AndrewAndrew and Sammy Jo. Both years made New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix in the Highbrow:Brilliant section.
On June 1, 2015, I produced Yaddo’s Annual Spring Benefit at the Tribeca Rooftop. Hosted by Steve Buscemi and Kate Valk, honoring Laurie Anderson, the event was the most financially successful Yaddo benefit in at least fifteen years. Ayad Akhtar, Eisa Davis, Jason Hart, Joseph Keckler, Young Jean Lee, and Max Moston performed; A.M. Homes and Tim McHenry spoke; and AndrewAndrew DJ’d.
Albert was a cinematographer and consultant on Catherine Gund’s Born to Fly, which I produced. He was also the cinematographer on a shoot I produced in Jackson, Mississippi, in July 2013 of the 50th anniversary commemoration of Medgar Evers’s assassination. I am honored and thrilled to have worked with the pioneer of “direct cinema.” Here is a great quote from him: “As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality. It is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences – all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery. And the closer I adhere to reality the more honest and authentic my tales. After all, the knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and therefore possibly to love one another. It’s my way of making the world a better place.”
I first met Jed in college, and he directed me in a production of Dracula. Ten years later, we started making a movie. This film, On_Line, starring Josh Hamilton and Harold Perrineau, was the first one I produced. It got into the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and launched me as a film producer. Next, I was co-executive producer of Jed’s film, The F Word, also starring Josh Hamilton with appearances by Sam Rockwell, Reverend Billy, and many more. This film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and played on the Independent Film Channel (IFC).
• The F Word
I produced Gabri’s short film Domino, as part of the Black Filmmakers Foundation Lab. I was also in it. Gabri makes beautiful dance narrative and other films.
I’ve produced two shows commissioned by The Kitchen in New York. Bellona, Destroyer of Cities premiered in 2010 and toured to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Maison des Arts in Creteil, France. World of Wires premiered in 2012 and toured to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, KRT Festival in Krakow, Poland, and three cities in France (Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, Maison des Arts in Creteil, and Le Manege in Maubeuge); it received an Obie Award for Best Direction.
In 2007, I produced “A Theater of Varieties” benefit for The Wooster Group at The Box in downtown Manhattan. The show featured appearances by John Waters, Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Henry Threadgill, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, the Little Death, and Fischerspooner.