BRIClab 2023-2024 Film + TV Artists

LucyAdams_Photocredit_ Moira Fett

Lucy Adams

NYC Based

Lucy Adams is an NYC based filmmaker. Her short documentary Lorrie Goulet: Spirit into Stone (DOC NYC) received support from the NYC Women’s Film Fund in association with the New York Foundation for the Arts and premiered at MoMA. She is the producer of the short animated film Blackheads (SXSW). In June 2016 she was awarded the Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center. She is currently completing her MFA at Hunter College, and an adjunct faculty at CCNY.

BRIClab Project: Coywolf

Coyotes are not native to New York City. As they have become more and more adept at surviving in urban environments, their habitats have expanded across the US. There are currently an estimated 30-40 coyotes in the city, and certainly more to come. As their population increases, so does a need for the public to understand how to coexist with urban wildlife. Conservation efforts have historically been focused on preserving natural areas without human intervention. Rather than separate natural versus manmade spaces, there is a new approach to urban conservation that embraces these hybrid, shared spaces that are undeniably a result of human settlement and settlement of non-native wildlife. The coyote is an emblematic species for this type of relationship, and can provide a jumping off point for a crucial reassessment of nature in urban spaces.

Coywolf (video still)
Sally Tran_PhotoCredit_ Cindy Trinh

Sally Tran

Still A Go Between Filmmaker

Sally Tran is a Vietnamese-New Zealand filmmaker currently residing in New York City. She is deeply influenced by her cultural heritage, a factor that prominently shapes her distinctive storytelling approach. Her films often revolve around themes of displacement and have earned recognition through screenings at festivals and public events. Simultaneously, Tran is actively involved in establishing a collective called Lucky Together, dedicated to amplifying unheard creatives.

Her unwavering commitment to refining her craft has resulted in numerous accolades, scholarships, and opportunities for film financing from esteemed organizations such as NZFC, CNZ, NYCWF, and Vimeo, empowering her to persist in her mission of uplifting marginalized and underrepresented communities through her unique execution and narrative style. Photo: Cindy Trinh.

BRIClab Project: Still A Go Between

Still A Go Between is a mixed media short documentary that tells the story of a young Vietnamese refugee who found himself in New York City in the late 80’s after the fall of Saigon. The film follows a young Vietnamese man’s journey from his time as a go-between for GIs in Saigon during the Vietnam War to his treacherous journey to America as a refugee “boat person,” and to his involvement as a go-between for Chinese gangs in NYC. He later created the infamous Born to Kill gang, made up of Vietnamese refugee teenagers who left Vietnam in the hope of finding better opportunities in America.

Brit Fryer_Photo Credit_ LaQuann Dawson

Brit Fryer

En Travesti Filmmaker

BRIT FRYER | DIRECTOR is an award-winning queer and trans filmmaker based in Brooklyn. His film, CARO COMES OUT, premiered on HBOMax after winning the 2021 Knight Made in MIA Award at the Miami International Film Festival. His other films include THE SCRIPT, ACROSS, BEYOND, AND OVER, I-57, and TRANS·IENCE. He also works as a producer, most recently of Lydia Cornett’s BUG FARM and Crystal Kayiza’s REST STOP, which won Sundance’s 2023 Short Film Jury Award for US Fiction. He is grateful to have shown at CPH:DOX, Indie Grits, NewFest, Outfest, Inside Out, MIX NYC, Blackstar Film Festival, and more. Brit and his work have been supported by the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Creative Culture, Chicken and Egg, GLAAD's Equity in Media and Entertainment Initiative, and HBO / Gotham's Documentary Development Initiative. He is currently in the development of his first feature film. Photo: LaQuann Dawson

Lydia Cornett_Photo Credit_ Amber Elison

Lydia Cornett

En Travesti Filmmaker

LYDIA CORNETT | DIRECTOR (she/her) is a Baltimore-born filmmaker currently based in Brooklyn, NY. As a former musician turned film director and composer, she makes work that explores the contours of labor, language, and artistic expression across nonfiction and experimental forms. Lydia is a 2021 Princess Grace Honorarium Winner, a 2018 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow in the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Program, and a 2017 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Fellow. She was recently awarded the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 2023 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has received support from the Tribeca Film Institute, IF/Then Shorts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Her films have screened at Sheffield DocFest, AFI Fest, Slamdance, BAMCinemaFest, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Hamptons International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and DOC NYC, where she received a Special Jury Mention for her film Yves & Variation. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, PBS (POV and Reel South), Nowness, and Vimeo Staff Picks. Lydia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history and received her MFA in Art from the Ohio State University. She is the co-founder of Cineseries, a graduate-student-led screening series at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Photo: Amber Elison

BRIClab Project: En Travesti

Weaving through present-day narratives of opera singers, musicologists, and a laryngologist, En Travesti explores the entangled relationship between voice, gender, and opera through those who contend with these connections daily.

En Travesti – Early Dev Still
En Travesti (video still)

We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed filmmakers Todd Chandler and Theo Anthony as mentors for our 2023-2024 cohort, offering invaluable guidance and expertise to our residents.