MARTA EFFINGER-CRICHLOW, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER
Marta Effinger-Crichlow is an interdisciplinary artist who uses film, theatre, and literature as she focuses upon black women and girls as well as freedom and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones by University Press of Colorado. The Washington, DC native, is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA), where she studied Literary & Media Arts. (DESA changed her life!) She is the past recipient of a Pittsburgh Multicultural Arts Initiative grant for her multi-media collage The Kitchen is Closed Startin' Sunday. For her play Whispers Want to Holler, she collaborated with noted jazz saxophonist Billy Harper. She is also the past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. In 2014, The Network Journal, which recognizes "Black women leaders and influencers in every field," selected Marta as one of their "25 Influential Black Women in Business." She appeared on TEDx CUNY in 2015. She received her MA from Yale University and her PhD from Northwestern University. She is on the faculty in African American Studies at New York City College of Technology - City University of New York (CUNY). Marta was a 2017 IFP JustFilms Fellow at the Made in NY Media Center. She is in Women Make Movies' Production Assistance Program with LITTLE SALLIE WALKER, which is her first feature-length documentary. She lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter.
BRITTANY B. MONET FENNELL, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Brittany B. Monét Fennell hails from Silver Spring, Maryland. 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. B. Monét received her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.F.A in Film and Television from New York University, where she was granted the Graduate Film Department Fellowship (2014-2015). B. Monét served as an associate producer on "Strings Attached," which 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." recently screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, premiered on Magic Johnson's ASPiRE, and received Best Production Award and Audience Award (Bluestocking Film Series). B.Monét is in post-production for a documentary about the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She is developing a short film on police brutality for the Bureau of Creative Works, which will be released on VHX in the coming year.
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 storytelling 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 New York.
ANN BENNETT, PRODUCER
Ann is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer. She produced the NAACP Image Award winning PBS feature documentary, "Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" as well as the multi-platform community engagement initiative, "Digital Diaspora Family Reunion" (DDFR). Bennett's film credits include; 'Citizen King' and 'Fisk Jubilee Singers' for the PBS series "American Experience", 'Hymn for Alvin Ailey' for "Dance in America", and the award winning PBS mini-series; 'Africans in America' and 'America's War on Poverty'. Bennett is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard College.
MICHAEL DINWIDDIE, PRODUCER
Michael is an award-winning playwright and composer whose works have been produced in New York, regional and educational theatre. A graduate of the Warner Bros.-Lorimar Comedy Writers’ Workshop, he was an inaugural fellow at Touchstone Pictures in the Walt Disney Writers Program and worked as a staff writer on the hit ABC-TV sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. Michael’s screenplay Nowadays was a Sundance finalist, and his teleplay The Beautiful LaSalles won an honorable mention in the HBO Writers Competition. An Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, he has served on grant review panels for the Los Angeles Cultural Department, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), and the National Black Programming Consortium (Black Public Media). Michael was a consultant and commentator on the 2019 PBS American Masters documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, and he is the board chair of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA). (Photography by D’Ambrose Boyd)