Staff and Board

staff

Rebecca CentenoInterim Director

Rebecca Centeno

Interim Director

Rebecca Centeno is an award-winning Mexican-American documentary filmmaker. Her work largely focuses on socially relevant and politically engaged documentaries. She has produced and directed numerous short films and documented public events to show the social movements which impact our lives – economically, environmentally, and politically.

Rebecca is dedicated to creating films with Indigenous Communities fighting oppression and exploitation on their lands, to bringing awareness about the importance of caring for Mother Earth, and showing the environmental and sociological impacts of oil and gas drilling. She has a BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is completing her thesis project in the MFA Integrated Media Arts (IMA) Program at Hunter College in NYC. Rebecca is also the founder of earthwerk.org, an art + media activism project site.

board members

Michael WimberlyBoard Member

Michael Wimberly

Board Member

Michael  Wimberly is a percussionist, composer, arranger and producer from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently based in Harlem, NYC. Wimberly has recorded and toured internationally with some of the leading innovators in jazz and rock improvisation, such as, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Sabir Mateen, Cooper-Moore, Borah Bergman, Steve Coleman, Roy Campbell, David Murray, John Blum, Kali Fasteau, Sirone, Vernon Reid, Kidd Jordan, Henry Rollins, Blondie, Mickey Hart, Teramasa Hino, Onaje Allen Gumbs. Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas and many others.

As a percussion soloist Wimberly has been featured with Europe’s Rundfunk and Tonkuntsler Symphony Orchestras, International Regions Symphony of Europe, Yakima Chamber Orchestra,Yakima,WA., and Sage City Symphony, Bennington, VT.

Wimberly’s compositions have appeared on HBO, PBS and numerous award shows in addition to dance companies Urban Bush Women, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, Forces of Nature, Complexions, Alpha-Omega, Purelements, and The National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. Wimberly is the president of Together with Music a non-profit collective on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, PT., and is currently a professor of music at Bennington College in Bennington, VT. since 2012.

Nina FelshinBoard Member

Nina Felshin

Board Member

Nina Felshin is an independent curator, writer, and activist. She was formerly a curator at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery (where she also taught contemporary art history), the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnnati and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.   She is the editor of But Is It Art?: The Spirit of Art as Activism and the author of numerous articles and catalog essays. Felshin’s past exhibitions include Embedded Metaphor;  Frames of Reference: From Object to SubjectBlack and Blue: Examining Police ViolenceDisasters of War: From Goya to Golub Global Warning!: Artists and Climate Change;   Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography; and Tainted Landscapes She was founding member of Jews Say No(JSN) and a member of the Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. 

DeeDee HalleckBoard Member

DeeDee Halleck

Board Member

DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television, and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network.  She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan.   Her documentary, Mural on Our Street was nominated for Academy Award in 1965. She initiated a film program Otisville School for Boys in 1968, a NY State Division for Youth Facility. www.Otisvillefilmclub.blogspot.com. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies, the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation and the Holt/Smithson Foundation. Her book, Hand Held Visions, is published by Fordham University Press.  She co-edited Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest (M.E. Sharpe) and has written essays for a number of collections on independent media. She was a founding producer of the PBS series The 90s and has organized over 400 television programs.

Edgardo BurgosBoard Member

Edgardo Burgos

Board Member

Edgardo Burgos is a web developer with a broad range of knowledge in computer and information technology, specifically Web Design, Application Development, Systems Administration and Security Implementation. He is the founder and director of a computer consulting and application development company. Edgardo and our staff continue to work on the new website and enhancing our social media strategy to reach and communicate with new audiences.

Betty YuBoard Member

Betty Yu

Board Member

Betty Yu is a Chinese-American NYC based filmmaker, multi-media artist, media educator and longtime community organizer. Her documentary “Resilience” about her garment worker mother fighting against sweatshop conditions, screened at national and international film festivals including the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival.  Ms. Yu’s interactive multi-media installation, “The Garment Worker” was part of a 5 week art exhibit in Chinatown in 2013, and featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive 2014. Ms. Yu’s work has screened, exhibited and been featured at the International Center of Photography, Directors Guild of America, Eastman Kodak Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Betty’s short documentary “Against the Grain” that she co-directed with Seyi Adebanjo about a gender non-conforming Nigerian immigrant artist screened at many film festivals including the 2014 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival.   Betty was a Public Artist-in-Resident with the Laundromat Project and is a 2015 Artist-in-Resident with the Saltonstall Foundation. Currently, Betty is a 2015 Cultural Agent with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) a people-powered network. Betty served on the Boards of Working Films, Board  of Deep Dish TV and Third World Newsreel, three progressive media arts centers that distributes social issue films.  Betty graduated with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Video.  Ms. Yu is currently seeking her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. Check out Betty’s other works: “Four Tours” a work-in-progress interactive documentary project  & “Discovering My Grandfather Through Mao”, a short film documenting her grandfather’s radical history as a labor organizer.

Kimberly MacleodBoard Member

Kimberly Macleod

Board Member

Kimberly Macleod

Principal, kmacconnect pr

Kimberly launched kmacconnect pr in 2012. She has been Lehman Brothers Holdings’ head of communications and media relations since 2008 and spent 1996 to 2008 in Lehman’s executive offices managing client, investor, internal, media and other messaging for Lehman’s CEO. She has served and is retained by a very diverse range of clients given her experience at the global investment bank both before and after its bankruptcy. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

Robert Lovenheim

Board Member