Jeff Silva is a filmmaker, teacher and film programmer originally from Boston. A long-time affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop its curriculum and methodology at its inception while a teaching fellow aside founder Lucien Castaing-Taylor. In 2000 he co-founded BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative micro-cinema screening series in Boston that continues to present marginalized films to the community.
As an immigrant filmmaker who grew up in the American South, Jing Niu (MFA|EDA '14) shot her first film on 16mm with a Bolex camera, which went on to screen at experimental film festivals across the world. Her autobiographic film DEPARTING toured prestigious art museums in the South, in an exhibit with the likes of Andy Warhol and Carrie Mae Weems. Currently based in Los Angeles, Jing spends her time creating films that dismantle the model-minority myth by featuring independent female Asian protagonists.
Jon-Sesrie Goff (MFA|EDA '16) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and Executive Director of The Flaherty. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon's projects span many genres including Out in the Night and Evolution of a Criminal. Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture and has served on juries for International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Star Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), and CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden).
Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing.
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, WI, and is currently based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin.