Rebecca Centeno is a Mexican-American award-winning documentary filmmaker and the Director at Deep Dish TV. She is the co-founder of Reels for Radicals, a screening series by Deep Dish TV and the Paper Tiger TV collective, which highlights the work of political films and creates space for critical dialogue. Her film, Earth Speaks (2015, 12min) about fracking on Native American Reservations was featured in a number of film festivals including: The Red Nation Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival, San Pedro International Film Festival, South Texas Underground Film Festival, and won the National College Film Competition Award at the Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival and the People’s Choice award for “most-viewed” in the 2015 Green Unplugged Online Film Festival. She was awarded a Proclamation from the New York City Council in 2016 for her work on the LGBTQ New Americans: Oral History Project with Brooklyn Community Pride Center and Immigration Equality. Rebecca holds a BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) Program at Hunter College.
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Jing Wang is a New York-based Chinese independent filmmaker, who identifies herself as “an insider who holds an outsider’s view.” Through this unique perspective, she tells stories about both Chinese and American society. Jing grew up in China, and has explored her roots in Chinese culture and American society through film, including her most recent feature, My Name is Jing. Her works urge us to explore the use of mixed media and to consider their role in memory and society. Jing is passionate about working with non-profit organizations and has created videos for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asia Society, and The United Nations. She is currently working on a documentary with Biking Public Project (BPP) about Mayor DeBlasio’s crackdown on electronic bicycles and the effects this has on delivery workers from immigrant communities. Jing holds an MFA degree in Integrated Media Arts (IMA) from Hunter College. She is an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College and works as a freelance filmmaker. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin.
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.
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 Subject; Black and Blue: Examining Police Violence; Disasters 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 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.
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.
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.