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Catherine Gund

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.

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Mickalene Thomas

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

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Carrie Mae Weems

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. Most recently, I was Associate Director of her show Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in October 2017 and at Yale Repertory Theater in September 2016. In December 2017, I was a participant and performer in The Shape of Things, a day-long convening by Carrie Mae Weems of artists and activists, at the Park Avenue Armory.
• Carrie Mae Weems LIVE

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Liz Garbus

I worked with Liz on a few PSAs, including “It’s Not Okay,” which was featured on CNN, MSNBC, and many more outlets.

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Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany directed the launch video for the UNSTOPPABLE campaign I’m producing for Planned Parenthood.

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Chiara Clemente

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.
• Beginnings
• Our City Dreams
• MADE HERE
• ENCAMPMENT
• Alex and Ada

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Rubell Family Collection

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.

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I worked with The Wooster Group on the development and production of House/Lights based on Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. That show went on to tour 16 cities around the world and received an Obie Award for Best Production. I’ve also produced a benefit for The Wooster Group and now serve on its board.

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I worked with Marianne Weems and her company The Builders Association on Alladeen and Super Vision, both of which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and toured to a combined total of 42 cities. Alladeen received an Obie Award for Outstanding Production, and I was nominated by the Evening Standard UK for Best Actress in a Visiting Production for my performance.

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Sibyl Kempson

 

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Andrew Ondrejcak

 

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Brooke O’Harra

 

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In 2014, I started working with Mike Iveson on his debut as a playwright, Sorry Robot. We developed the show at the Orchard Project residency and premiered it at PS122’s COIL Festival in January 2015. I played four roles, and in one scene alternated between three characters. Ben Brantley gave the show a wonderful review in The New York Times.

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I was in all three parts of the Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems trilogy as well as The Making of Americans at the Walker Art Center and This Place is a Desert at the Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival. Untitled Mars (this title may change) premiered at PS 122 in New York and toured to the Hungarian National Theater in Budapest, Hungary; it received an Obie Award for Best Scenic Design. Bellona, Destroyer of Cities premiered at The Kitchen in New York and toured to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Maison des Arts in Creteil, France. World of Wires also premiered at The Kitchen in New York 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 addition to acting in Bellona and World of Wires, I produced these two shows.

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