Jesse Epstein 34x25x36 Film Created in 2009 National PBS Broadcast on POV, MoMA Screening
Jesse Erika Epstein is a Sundance Award-Winning documentary filmmaker. She received an Masters Degree in Documentary Film from NYU, and was named one of “25 filmmakers to watch” by Filmmaker Magazine. Her films have screened in over 40 film festivals worldwide, at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Mass MoCA, The Peabody Museum, and Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Jesse's film 34x25x36 received a national PBS Broadcast on POV. She also has a published video Op-Doc in the New York Times. Jesse has received grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Catapult, and a National Endowment for the Arts residency at The MacDowell Arts Colony. Jesse is currently the Z-Tech Video Coordinator at Zumix -- where she teaches and mentors youth in East Boston.
AngelTorres pescado y flor de calabaza 2017 Robalo con flor de calabaza, quelites, y calabaza/ Sea bass with squash blossoms, quelites, and zucchini
I was born and grew up in Mexico City. My first interest was audiovisual communication. At age 17 I started college at the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana with the intent to study that, but when I discovered that my school offered professional training in culinary arts I shifted course and began to study Gastronomy. In particular I was attracted to how you can travel and meet people with cooking, because I have always been interested in the social space that is made during and after the daily act of sitting at a table and eating with others. In my culinary training, I was initially influenced by French cuisine. As I have grown in experience, I have found it more important to go back to my cultural roots, in particular a strong interest in mastering mestizo cuisine and pre-Hispanic culinary techniques specific to the region of Oaxaca. Since graduating from culinary school I have worked in both French and Mexican style kitchens, and have continued to personally pursue my interest in mestizo cooking. I see the kitchen as a form of expression not only of gustos or tastes but also as a form of visual expression through colors, textures, and sounds that fill the body and soul. For me, cooking has to do with transforming fresh ingredients and highlighting aspects with different culinary techniques. I am inspired by sustainability like is found in the agricultural system of chinampas that founded Mexico City, and the impact that food from the chinampas has had on the social and religious systems of people.
Andrew Simonet Wilder novel will be published November 13, 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux
I am a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. My debut young adult novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2018. I wrote Making Your Life as an Artist, an open source guide to living as an artist. From 1993 to 2013, I co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2006, I founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives with programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. I have received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, nd residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and Hambidge. My performance work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, and produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. I began writing fiction in 2004; in 2013, I left my dance company to focus on writing. In 2017, I obtained representation with Rebecca Stead at The Book Group and a two-book deal with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Amanda Rea's stories and essays are published or forthcoming in Harper's, One Story, American Short Fiction, Freeman’s, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Lit Hub, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, New South and elsewhere. Her work has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Peden Prize, and has been listed among distinguished works in Best American Short Stories. She has won fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Institute of Creative Writing in Wisconsin, Jentel Artist Residency, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.
LES Citizens Parade, 2018 Premiered at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival on June 22 and June 24, 2018. Literally described as a moving company, the LES Citizens Parade is a celebration in storytelling, dance and music of the migration and settlement experiences of longtime residents of New York’s multilingual Lower East Side neighborhood.
Artist, Athlete, Activator: Long-time Lower East Side resident Laura Nova generates site-specific, action-oriented projects which invite participatory energies of neighbors and strangers alike. She uses cardio, comedy and cooking to create activ/ist audiences who, in turn, reveal and preserve stories of both people and places. Recent commissions have included multi-year, social engagement projects like "Feed Me A Story," (co-produced with Theresa Loong) an interactive video installation and documentary video cookbook of secret family recipes; "Moving Stories," a senior citizen-led, storytelling-walking tour; and The Crescendo Project which used RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a road race. In tandem with Dances For A Variable Population, she transformed residents and dancers alike into a moving company for the River to River Festival’s "LES Citizens Parade." Nova's work has been shown at the New Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, Real Art Ways and many galleries including the Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. She has received grants from the MAP Fund, National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, PBS/POV and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been published in DNAinfo, New York Magazine, Hyperallergic and WNYC. Her residencies include SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, Governors Island, Vermont Studio Center and LMCC Workspace. Nova received a B.F.A. and B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in the Creative Art and Technology program at Bloomfield College and the 2016 recipient of the LMCC President’s Award in Visual Art.
Djassi DaCosta Johnson is a native New Yorker, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, photographer, writer, designer and anthropologist. Djassi's background as a dancer, physically and “ethnographically” is what forms her choreographic vocabulary... from breakdancing and house dancing, to Capoeira, African, tap, jazz, and, eventually Ballet, and modern dance training in Graham, Horton, Simonson and Taylor. The pedestrian and human qualities that social and street dance elicit when fused with theatrical dance is apparent in her storytelling whether on stage or screen. Her philosophy that all movement is performative is rooted in the improvisational skills acquired through the social culture as a black woman growing up in New York -- having to switch physical and verbal “code” from one neighborhood to the next. A product of dance scholarship programs across the city; (Ballet, Hispanico, Harlem School of The Arts & Clark Center), Djassi received her BA in Anthropology and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, while on scholarship at Alvin Ailey. Djassi has performed and toured with, Dance Brazil, Earl Mosley, Hernando Cortez, Urban Bush Women, and was a featured soloist with MOMIX for 8 years, among others. After touring for 12 years, working independently and living abroad in Brazil and then Italy (on film and television, AMICI, FIORELLO, I RACOMANDATTI) for 7 years, Djassi returned to NYC to work in front of the lens as an actor and dancer (The Get Down, The Knick, “THE INTERN” and “BOLDEN!” (2018), while independently experimenting with her choreography from behind the lens. Her choreography has been showcased in several Essence Fashion shows, for Nike fashion and trade shows, in fashion films and in her own film work. She has choreographed for film and and television in Italy (I Racomandatti, “CREW 2 CREW”, Lionsgate) and began developing a series of solos which she performed throughout Italy. As a dancer and performance artist, Djassi continues to expand the reach and perception of dance as a creative tool that extends beyond the confines of the stage or the theater whether in collaborations with artists, musicians and in her own solo performance pieces. She collaborates internationally visual artists, including Eddie Peak’s PERFORMA 13, Brendan Fernandes’ DISGUISE for the Brooklyn Museum, and Lia Chavez's LIGHT BODY at Isabella Rossellini’s farm, as well as jazz musicians (Vision Fest, Arts for Art, Shapeshifter Lounge), and in 2017 was the Creative Director/ Choreographer for Museum of Sex’s VR exhibit featuring DIPLO. Djassi has designed costumes since her first days touring and founded her line, dja. in 2002 and continues to incorporate fashion into her performances and films. She has collaborated on several fashion dance films including “Revelation” by director Kaliyahh Warren withdesignerr Anna Kathleen, and her own film, “The Thought of You”, co-directed by Sarra Alshehhi, with dja. costume design. Djassi is part-owner of the boutique Radical Women based in Brooklyn where she currently sells Canvas and leather bags, earrings and accessories from her Zen Elegance line, dja.1974. Djassi is a published writer, and, currently the dance writer for Copenhagen based lifestyle & fashion magazine, KINFOLK for which she has written a historical profile on Dance Theater of Harlem, and published pieces on ballerina Michaela dePrince, and visual/ performance artist Brendan Fernandes. Djassi will complete her MFA in Dance & New Media/ Technology from NYU Tisch in 2018 as a Dean’s Fellow. For her graduate thesis work, Djassi is the first graduate in her department to travel abroad for thesis research work. In January, 2018 Djassi traveled to Cuba to profile several dancers from the company and will present a photo exhibit, a mini-documentary and a dance film in conjunction with her thesis. She is currently working on several dance films and mini-documentaries in order to extend the reach of dance as transformative social art and a cultural agent for change.