Cauleen Smith is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants. Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at Studio Museum of Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for Art, and the New Museum, New York. She has had solo shows for her films and installations at The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, and Threewalls, Chicago.
Miryam Charles is a filmmaker and director of photography living in Montreal. She has directed several short films and has shot many short and feature films. Her films have been presented at many film festivals in Quebec and internationally. Her first feature-length documentary film Cette maison (Talents en vue, SODEC, Fonds MELS) world premiered at Berlinale 2022. She is currently working on a short fiction film Au crépuscule (SODEC créateurs émergents) and development for a dramatic series (Banff/Netflix Diversity of Voices + Trio Orange), as well as a feature-length fiction film Le marabout (La forge Québec cinéma/Netflix + Voyelles Films).
Grace Passô is a Brazilian actress, director and playwright. Her film acting credits include Temporada and Praça Paris. As a writer, Passô has won the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte Award for "Best Playwright.
Kênia Freitas holds a PhD in Communication and Culture. Her current research focuses on critical afrofabulation (afrofabulação) of contemporary Black Brazilian Cinema, articulating the concepts of afrofabulation by Tavia Nyong´o, and critical fabulation (fabulação crítica), by Saidiya Hartman. She is part of the critics’ circle Elviras – Coletivo de Mulheres Críticas de Cinema. She is a programmer and juror for film festivals. As a curator, she held the shows “Black Directors in Brazilian Cinema (Diretoras Negras no Cinema Brasileiro)” in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, and Belo Horizonte, and “Afrofuturismo–Cinema and Music in an Intergalactic Diaspora (Afrofuturismo – Cinema e Música numa diáspora intergaláctica),” commissioned by Caixa Cultural. She currently writes for the website Multiplot.
Brazilian filmmaker Aline Motta earned her BA at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Certificate in Film Production at the New School University/New York. Among her awards and recognitions are the Rumos Itaú Cultural grant, ZUM Photography Scholarship of Instituto Moreira Salles 2018, and the prestigious “Marcantonio Vilaça Award for the Arts.” She recently participated in groundbreaking exhibitions such as “Feminist Histories: Artists after 2000,” São Paulo Art Museum/MASP; “Afro-Atlantic Histories,” MASP / Tomie Ohtake; “When the World Changes,” Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and “Rethink Everything,” Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France. Her solo exhibition “Aline Motta: memory, journey and water,” opened at the Rio Art Museum/MAR in 2020. In 2021, she her work was included in the New Museum (New York) as part of the “Screen Series” program.
Tatiana Carvalho Costa
Tatiana Carvalho Costa is a curator and teacher. She is a doctoral student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais where she researches Afro-Brazilian epistemologies and Black Brazilian Cinema, in particular the recent production of short films. She works as programmer and juror of festivals and recently joined the curatorial team of the Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, the FAN – Festival de Arte Negra de Belo Horizonte, and the Cinema e Narrativas da Diáspora Negra. She is part of the black dramaturgy movement SegundaPRETA and coordinates the university project PRETANÇA – Afrobrasilidades e Direitos Humanos (Human Rights and the Afro-Brazilian question).