The Makers

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Justin Luis Denis

Justin Luis Denis is a Nuyorican filmmaker born and raised in New York City's Lower East Side. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he spent 6 years working in film production on various projects such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, before moving to Europe to teach English and develop his cinematic ideas. His work is an ever growing creative culmination of that time and manifests as a larger soundscape for the enduring cultural legacy of urban communities of color.

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Ashraf rijal

Ashraf Rijal is a filmmaker and musician from New York City. After graduating with a Film Studies degree from Wesleyan University, he worked for documentarian Barbara Kopple for several years. 2010 found him in Louisiana assisting on production for Beasts of the Southern Wild. This was followed by a four-year stint at NYC mainstay DCTV. He's devoted the last few years to his musical project SHRAF, with the first recordings released Spring 2018.

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Nina Simone Moore

Using various mediums to create and relay narratives, Nina Simone Moore identifies as a storyteller. Beginning in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia on the set of the 2006 BET series Somebodies, Simone has worked on various film (The Family That PreysMadea Goes to Jail) and television projects (The Fashion FundA Crime to Remember), as well as web and commercial content. She remains enamored with the script to screen process, and looks forward to bringing more stories to life.

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SAM B. Jones

Sam B. Jones is a NYC-based filmmaker born in Panama and raised in Washington DC and Seattle. As a cinematographer, he's shot Will McDowell’s debut feature NEVER BETTER, Bentley Heyman's forthcoming feature BIG FORK, and helmed 2nd unit photography for Carleton Ranney’s JACKRABBIT. Sam recently wrapped a feature documentary on the truck subculture of 'mudding' in Florida which he both shot and directed.


Carlos Rosales-Silva

Carlos Rosales-Silva is a visual artist living and working in New York, NY. He was most recently an artist in residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY and at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. He is currently participating in the School of Visual Art's MFA in Fine Art program.