Join us to watch the incredible films produced during the 2023 BRIC Documentary Intensive! BRIC’s 2023 Documentary Intensive cohort learned the ins and outs of making a short, compelling film—from choosing a documentary subject and style, crafting a treatment and pre-production plan, and then overcoming the challenges of producing and editing a short documentary for the first time.
The films will stream live on the Brooklyn Free Speech HD channel (Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951 Verizon 47, https://bricartsmedia.org/HD) through the end of January.
Abena (she/her) is a film lover new to filmmaking. She aims to use filmmaking to envision more just and liberated futures. She is an advocate for immigrant youth and a member of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project. She calls Tema, Herndon, and Flatbush home.
Alvaro José Nieto
Alvaro Nieto (he/him ) is a Colombian filmmaker currently residing in New York City with a strong passion for exploring social issues, Latino narratives, migration, and minority perspectives. Throughout his time in the city, he has contributed to a diverse array of productions, spanning from independent projects like short films and documentaries to commercial work, feature films, documentaries, and television productions. He currently wants to focus on developing his own documentary projects and continue opening doors with other documentary filmmakers and people who want to make films.
Daniel Emuna (he/him) is a documentary image-maker that uses the mediums of photography and video to convey stories pertaining to ideas on diaspora, ethnography, pan-africanism, and other forms of identity. His work has been featured across commercial spaces such as REI, and he has produced work for journalistic outlets such as Gothamist. He has had his work featured in various galleries, more recently a video piece within a show titled “29 Million Dreams” on the NYPD police budget, and presenting ideas on how this budget can be used towards community-building, sponsored and organized by the Museum of Broken Windows in collaboration with the creative agency Soze. Currently, he is an active artist resident at Pinkfolder Filmhouse where he is actively developing a series of photographs about Caribbean diasporic communities in New York City.
Julia O’Farrow (she/her) is the award-winning director of the documentary “Beyond the Bars/No Extended Embraces,” profiling six women who have partners in prison. The film has screened at numerous festivals, aired on cable television, and was part of the Langston Hughes and Donnell Public Library’s video collection . In her early work, she interned on the documentary “Marcus Garvey Look for me in The Whirlwind,” directed by Stanley Nelson and worked as a production coordinator on “Half Past Autumn/The Life and Works of Gordon Parks” produced by St. Clair Bourne. She has also worked as an editor on several independent short films and as assistant editor for the PBS Documentary, “And Baby Makes Two” directed by Oren Rudavsky.” As a founding member of the Black Documentary Collective (BDC), Julia served as acting Chairperson, Membership Director, and head of the Domestic Screening Committee. She was a guest curator for the Anthology Film Archive’s “New Filmmakers” series on behalf of the BDC. She was a juror for the Brooklyn and the Bronx Arts Council, and a grantee of the Film/Video/Arts (FVA) mentorship program, Independent Feature Project (IFP) Project Involve, and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) Individual Artist Re-grant Award.
Lawrence (he/him) Williams is a filmmaker, photographer, and fellow Brooklynite. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from music videos to short films and is currently an aspiring cinematographer. Prior to joining the BRIC team, he was a community producer back in 2015 learning and growing at BRIC. His experiences at BRIC inspired him to pursue further education enrolling at Brooklyn College’s Master Television and Film Production program. Since graduating in 2018, Lawrence has worked on many productions big and small and now he brings his knowledge and experience to BRIC.
Léa Pelleteret (she/her) is an architect and urban planner based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her work seeks to offer a better understanding of the invisible in our urban societies, focusing on the role of communities in the process of city-making. Léa’s contribution to urban projects in response to forced displacements in Central Africa has deeply influenced her conception of the urban. As a filmmaker, she intends to unveil stories that shape our cities and bring back their humanity to the fore. www.leapelleteret.com
Naomi Kamberlane (she/they) is a Brooklyn native with a deep passion for film making, writing, and graphic design. They channel their creative energy into crafting captivating stories and visual experiences.
Raven Gray (she/her) is a brooklyn bred editor, photographer and now director. She loves telling stories through the lens of different people and capturing moments that will last forever. Through her art she is able to share everything she can’t say for people to visually see. It is in the human experience that she is able to continuously be inspired and motivated to create. She believes everyone has a story, they just have to tell it. https://www.byravengray.com @raveengray
Roshumba Llewellyn (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based creative director, graphic designer, writer, and filmmaker. As a Black, queer, immigrant woman from a low income background, she is driven by a sense of heritage to the communities whose identities she shares. She strives to use storytelling to nuance representation of individuals within these groups, to foster places of belonging and joy, from which we can realize our full potential. Roshumba is inspired by nature, loves to work with color, and is likely to learn a stranger’s life story within five minutes of meeting them.
Samurai (he/him) is a filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. He doesn’t have a lot to say about himself, but he’s happy to be here and hopes you enjoy the films.