Roddy Bogawa (BA, MFA UC San Diego) was born and raised in Los Angeles where he studied art and played in punk bands before turning to film. The DIY punk aesthetic continues to influence his work. Bogawa’s work explores internal conflict, the relationship between individuals and their environment, and how identity is shaped by culture and history. He casts non-actors and actors side by side and layers his stories with metaphors, abstract material, and multiple narrative voices. His feature-length films, a unique blend of experimental and narrative styles, range from loosely (Some Divine Wind) and strictly (I Was Born, But …) autobiographical to science fiction (Junk) to documentary (Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis). His work was featured in Sundance Film Festival, the Mannheim International Film Festival (Germany), the Asian American International Film Festival (New York), Fukuoka Asian Film Festival (Japan), Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the 1993 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Oberhausen Festival Internationale and Cinematexas Short Film Festival.
Joel Katz (BA Oberlin College, MFA Hunter College) is a non-fiction filmmaker and installation artist involved with issues of social justice. His works include Corporation with a Movie Camera(1992, PBS broadcast on New Television); Dear Carry(1997, premiere at Museum of Modern Art); Strange Fruit, a documentary about the history and legacy of the famed anti-lynching protest song of the same name first made famous by Billie Holiday (2002, Independent Lens PBS broadcast; theatrical release; extensive international exhibition); and White: A Memoir in Color, a memoir about whiteness, adoption, and identity (2012, in broad educational distribution). His works have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Independent Television Service, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture, the Puffin Foundation, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, and other agencies. www.onierafilms.com
Marcin Ramocki (BA Dartmouth College, MFA UPenn) is a Polish-born Brooklyn artist working with a variety of computer centered media. His practice ranges from digital installations and online work, to feature length documentary movies. Thematically, these often revolve around conceptual portraiture, fascination by various social networks, and self-reflective commentary on contemporary art world. He is best known for his documentary projects “8 BIT”(2006) and “Brooklyn DIY”(2009), as well as shorter digital forms like “Virtual Singer” (2000), “Torcito Project”(2005) or “Blogger Skins”(2009). His works have been exhibited at MoMA, Hirshhorn Museum, Pacific Film Archives, Art Futura, Wexner Center, ZKM, ACME Melbourne, Le Palais de Glace Buenos Aires and many more. www.ramocki.net
Jane Steuerwald (BFA, MS Syracuse Univ., MFA Bard) was born in Queens, NY. Since 1980 she has been working with 16mm and Super 8mm film and video creating installations, documentaries, found footage works, narrative and experimental films, and single edition art books. Her work has screened at MoMA; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Thalia Cinema, The Kitchen, Franklin Furnace, Collective Unconscious, Anthology Film Archives, and the Gramercy Theater, NYC; the Jersey City Museum; Athens International Film Festival; as well as numerous arts venues across the US. Steuerwald is the Executive Director of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium – the Black Maria Film and Video Festival.