MARTA EFFINGER-CRICHLOW, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Marta is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist drawn to stories about black women and girls as well as migration and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (University Press of Colorado). The Washington, DC native is a proud alum of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts where her love for storytelling was nurtured in the Literary Media & Arts Department. Much of Marta's life has been spent in the theater as a dramaturg and playwright. Her works include the award winning play Union Station, the multi-media collage The Kitchen is Closed Startin' Sunday, and Whispers Want to Holler, where a character called Little Sallie Walker appears. These works have been staged in cities like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Denver. In 2015, she offered a talk for TEDx CUNY (click link). She is an associate professor in African American Studies at New York City College of Technology-CUNY.
Little Sallie Walker is her first feature documentary film. She lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter, who is also known as Marta's muse.
BRITTANY "B.Monét" FENNELL, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Brittany "B.Monét" Fennell graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. She hails from Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently, she is a thesis graduate student at New York University majoring in Film and Television. Her concentration is writing and directing. In her films, she poses questions about identity, society, race, and culture. It is vital to her that under-represented people are shown in film, media, and television.
Recently, she was granted the Graduate Film Department Fellowship (2014-2015)and "Strings Attached" a short film she associate produced has been accepted to Cannes Court Metrage, LA Shorts Film Festival, and Urban World presented by BET.
Her short film Q.U.E.E.N. has screened at many festivals including Maryland, Sarasota, Cucalorus Film Festival and premiered on Magic Johnson's channelASPiRE. Additionally, her short has won Silver Whiskers Award and the Golden Whiskers Awards at Indie Works, Best Film at the Black Women Film Network, Student Film Winner and the First Recipient of the Donna Joyner Green Student Film Award at the NC Black Film Festival.
B.Monét works at Beyoncé's production company Parkwood Entertainment in the production department, in post production for a documentary about the#BlackLivesMatter movement with Dr. Cornel West, developing Q.U.E.E.N. into a feature film and a short film on police brutality for the Bureau of Creative Works which will be released on VHX in the coming year.
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Princess A. Hairston, Editor
Princess is a freelance editor living in New York City. She loves the creative process of filmmaking and works hard to bring the creative vision of a director to life through editing. She has been editing in documentary film and television for the past 5 years. She excels at emotional story telling and loves documentary film work. She was an editor on the documentary 'Fresh Dressed,' an official selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She also edits commercials and branded content with many top advertising agencies and production companies throughout NYC.