Thu, Jun 27, 2024

BRIC Documentary Intensive Screening: 2024 Cohort

Martha Sea Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Connor Bowen Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Deja A. Ross Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Jose Pareja Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Kris Belskey Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Laura Fielder’s Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Lee Evans Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Magali Judith Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Michele Avery Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Serrina Goodman Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
April Guscott Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Teresa Xie Headshot, Doc Intensive 2024
Doors 6:30pm / Screening 7:00pm

Event Info

Join us to watch the incredible films produced during the 2024 BRIC Documentary Intensive! BRIC’s 2024 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, through the end of January.


April Guscott


April Guscott is a queer, Jamaican-American writer and filmmaker from East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Raised by immigrant parents, her work examines the nature of multiple dueling cultural identities/cultural preservation, the concept of home, what aspects of self we inherit, and themes of memory and self-power.

With the assistance of science fiction and horror genres, what she finds to be natural settings for minority stories, April champions Black queer femme visibility, and representations of non-American Blackness, and women in her narrative work. With her foray into documentary storytelling, she seeks to share the contributions that immigrant women of color have made to this city through labor and personal sacrifice. April is in post production for her sci-fi narrative short At The Threshold, and short documentary Ten Elephants Remember Brooklyn.

Connor Bowen

Connor Bowen is a writer/director originally from Seattle, Washington. Connor moved to Brooklyn in 2014, where he studied TV Writing And Producing and began working in post-production. As an editor, Connor has contributed to brands such as Food Network, TLC, and StyleLikeU. Connor also directs sketch comedy through the independent comedy collective, Boogie Manja. Connor has taken his shows to Montreal Sketchfest, Austin Sketchfest, and DC Sketchfest.



DÉJÀ ANDERSON-ROSS was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL. She has a BA in Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has received her MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School. She hopes to use her artistic abilities not only in acting but in writing, directing and producing stories that showcase the wide array of the human experience. She is excited to be making her documentary debut at Bric. IG@dejaaross


Jose Miguel Pareja 

Jose Miguel Pareja is a conceptual documentary artist and researcher from Margarita, Venezuela. He questions the documentary genre and the archive as tools of power. After a period of living in Europe and Asia, he returned to his homeland to document Venezuela’s political situation until his forced departure from the country in 2018. He was trained in psychology and trauma under the RIIHS model. He is an alumnus of the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the Eddie Adams Workshop. Currently, Jose works at the NYC Asylum Application Help Center, assisting immigrant families to navigate the US legal system. He attended The New York Times Portfolio Review 2023 and is a grantee of The Aftermath Project 2024 for his photographic work deconstructing US Immigration Archives.


Kris Belskey

Kris Belskey is a Brooklyn-based unscripted television producer who loves telling untold stories and highlighting ordinary people who do remarkable things. She is passionate about community, creative exploration and her dog Artie, and strives to understand and connect the world around her through engaging storytelling. Mostly though, she is happy to be here and hopes you are too!


Laura Fielder

Laura Fielder is a Brooklyn native writer/director. She is a graduate of the UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program. Her screenplays Affliction (2020) and Sistagrrrls (2023) placed in several screenwriting competitions. Her award-winning narrative films Milan’s First Day (2015) and The Company You Keep (2019) were screened in several film festivals across North America. A storyteller at heart, Laura is happy to be part of the BRIC Documentary Intensive and looks forward to creating engaging non-fiction films.


Lee Evans

Natalie “Lee” Evans is a Jersey born, Brooklyn based filmmaker. Influenced by black people, perspectives and experiences she uses her comedic instincts and creative vision to tell visual stories with impact.
Lee began her film career working as a coordinator and PA on independent films and commercials in the Philadelphia area. Upon moving to Brookly she trained as an Assistant Director on music videos, worked on the hit late night show Desus & Mero, and completed a fellowship with Award Winning Documentary production company Jigsaw while producing and creating independently. In the past year she has produced a comedy pilot Black Retail (2023) and feature documentary You Think You Grown:Dismantling Adultification (2024). Her short film The Lord’s Work (2023) was an official selection at Hip Hop Film Festival, Black Web Fest and New Faces New Voices. Lee is extremely happy to have the support from BRIC to create her debut documentary film Finding Jackie as part of the 2024 Documentary Intensive.


Magali Judith

Magali Judith is a video producer, journalist, and writer with extensive experience creating a wide range of documentary videos for digital and broadcast television. Born and raised in Paris, France, she holds Master’s degrees in political science and journalism from the Sorbonne University of Paris and ESJ Lille. With a French and Caribbean background, she likes to focus her storytelling on questions of identity and finding belonging.


Martha Sea

What I got to say about Martha Sea? Let’s Start A Movement: key ah key! I’m a photographer, bookkeeper and a keeper of history. Got an MBA from St. John’s University. Worked for Pan Am and flew around the world, literally then sat in a chair and counted dollars, figuratively. I’m a Mom to a beautiful daughter, gift to me from a Bajan son, where I learned my lessons about the Thus Come One.

Using poetry and photography I tell a story about 2 friends who set out to honor the legacy of Gil Scott Heron. The story unfolds over 7 months in the Gil Scott Heron Amphitheater located in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, NY. It seemingly ends on Gil’s 73rd birthday but gets followed up with a celebration of his 74th, in Washington DC. Hey Gil! On April 1, 2024, when you turn 75? Give me five on the black hand side!


Michele Avery

Michele Avery is a storyteller born and raised in the Republic of Brooklyn with a rising moon in Panamanian culture. She has over 15 years of experience as a writer and producer in entertainment and media, working with such brands as Food Network, Cooking Channel, OWN, and Warner Brothers. Her play The Crown of Times was performed in Boston recently to a sold-out crowd.

She’s excited to make her documentary debut at BRIC and looks forward to telling more engaging stories.


Serrina Goodman

Serrina Goodman (She series), BRIC Community Producer since May 24, 2007, Serrina Goodman’s journey in the world of entertainment and media is a testament to her extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication. As a Director, Producer, and Content Creator, she has consistently proven her ability to create powerful and thought-provoking works that resonate with audiences around the globe.
Ms. Goodman’s impressive portfolio includes a diverse range of projects, spanning from award-winning films to captivating stage productions. Her storytelling skills are unparalleled, as she masterfully weaves narratives that not only entertain but also shed light on pressing social issues. Through her art, she has become a catalyst for change, using her platform to address important topics and challenge societal norms.

Ms. Goodman is an award-winning Director of the short film- “I’m Here for You” a faith-based film that allows the viewer to peek into the challenging life of a strong faith based family. Ms. Goodman is a two-time recipient of the B Free award, and the recipient of several awards for theater and community engagement. Ms. Goodman has hosted the B Free awards event twice. Ms. Goodman is the Executive Producer of “The Serrina Goodman Show” and “The Business of Marriage Podcast”. In addition, Ms. Goodman has Written and Directed eight stage productions and serves as a consultant on several project teams. In February 2024, Ms. Goodman also premiered the new sensational stage production” Grandma’s Chair”- chronicling memorable moments in Black history.

Additionally, in February 2024, Ms. Goodman and fellow BRIC producer Muse, launched BRIC’s newest production team- “The Phoenix Production Team”, a creative and super talented team of seasoned and new BRIC Producers who develop innovative productions and creative content. Ms. Goodman serves as Content Creator for the AfroSHARE Cancer Support Group providing information and resources regarding Breast and Women cancers globally. A twelve year Breast Cancer Survivor Ms. Goodman’s documentary “Travelin’ Pink” documents the challenges surrounding health care disparity and lack of access to quality healthcare for women diagnosed with Breast and women cancers across the nation.


Teresa Xie

Teresa Xie (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based journalist who reports on culture, politics, business — and the spaces where they intersect. She has written for publications ranging from Pitchfork to The Nation, worked on NPR’s Tiny Desk and Louder Than A Riot, and produced an audio story on the mispronunciation of Asian-American names as an AAJA Voices Fellow. Teresa is excited to make her first short film, which reckons with stories of family and immigration across generations. You can find her here:



647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Venue Info

BRIC House Ballroom is a flexible performance space that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. Visit our Accessibility page to learn more about access at BRIC.

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email [email protected]. For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit:


The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Benno Orlinsky at [email protected] or (718) 683-5637.

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