Members of the Programmers Of Colour Collective discuss the nuances and responsibilities of the film curation process, digging into challenges they have experienced, and identifying values and principles that could be applied by any organization or festival striving to connect authentically with the communities they serve.
The Blackhouse Foundation was founded in 2007 to expand career opportunities for Black multi-platform content creators and executives within film, television, digital, and emerging platforms.
This year TriBeca is working with the Blackhouse Foundation to provide space for POC storytelling and have thought provoking conversations with creators in the Indeed Lounge. This conversation will be moderated by Tribeca Associate Programmer Shakira Refos.
Faridah Gbadamosi is a pop culture-obsessed lover of film working towards making the space more inclusive. In particular, her interests are in changing the space of tastemakers, rethinking the models for curation and exhibition. She has worked in a variety of roles at different film festivals and other film organizations including the California Film Institute, Athena Film Festival, Tribeca, SIFF, and many more. In addition to her programming roles, she is also Director of Distribution at Open Your Eyes and Think MF, the distribution wing of David Magdael & Associates, a consultant on different film projects, and a freelance culture critic. She recently was appointed the Artistic Director of Outfest and is very excited to help shepherd the future of the organization as it enters its 40th year.
Cedar Sherbert is an enrolled member of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, one of the communities that make up the Kumeyaay Nation of San Diego and northern Baja California. He is a writer, teacher and features programmer for Tribeca and AFIFest, and has had work screen at Sundance, MoMA, etc.
Jeanelle Augustin is a Haitian-American film programmer and grants professional interested in redefining investment and embracing risk. Currently, Jeanelle leads the Original Voices Fellowship presented by NBCU Academy and NBC News Studios
CR Capers is the Founder and CEO of Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, providing artists services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theatre and related entrepreneurial pursuits in underserved communities around the world. In her role as Executive Director, CR creates and produces film & music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theatre productions, live events, MetaVerse/XR live events and oversees thriving streaming network, 247films.tv. The programs she produces provide an ecosystem with marketing and strategic partnerships between filmmakers, activists, businesses, entrepreneurs and the community at large. She is the founder and director of the award-winning Hip Hop Film Festival, named “BEST NEW FILM FESTIVAL THE UNITED STATES”. Her popular radio show and podcast “Why You Mad Son?” (which deals with the social ills plaguing the human community) generated over 3 million listeners worldwide and still boasts a legion of loyal fans raised in the global Hip Hop culture. She has directed and produced 3 films and 2 shorts through her film company MBS Films.
Shakira is an educator from The Netherlands who joined the California Film Institute’s Education Department by way of the Sarasota Film Festival, Sundance Institute and Tribeca Festival. Her career has been dedicated to empowering young independent thinkers through the exploration of art history and creative expression—prioritizing equitable praxis through engagements with film as well as demystifying the path for BIPOC students to becoming film fest administrators and curators.