Explore time and memory through a complicated relationship between two Chinese artists, between a father and a son.
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Garland McLaurin is a Peabody-Award winning filmmaker; his love for storytelling comes from its power to artistically explore the complex and conflicting social and psychological layers of people and society. His web series POPS explores fatherhood for African American men, and was funded by ITVS Digital and National Black Programming Consortium. He… Show more co-directed/produced the Peabody-winning documentary series, 180 Days a Year Inside an American High School and Hartsville that aired on PBS. He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore’s Coming Back documentary series, highlighting veterans, and for award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen's The New Black (Independent Lens), which explores the fight for marriage equality in the African American community. His other professional credits include: field producing on CNN’s Black in America 4, producer/shooter for WAMU 88.5 American University/BET’s special Homecoming: The Killing of DJ Henry. Additional past digital media work includes work for Black Public Media, Time.com, NY Times video division and video editing at the National Geographic digital news division. He holds a BA in Radio-TV-Film from Howard University and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film school. Show less
A Peabody-winning director and producer, Senain made the Emmy-nominated documentary The Diplomat (ESPN) and the award-winning Project Kashmir (Independent Lens). She directed the comedic series Divas of Karachi for Indie Lens StoryCast and directed virtual reality films with Here Be Dragons (formally Vrse) for Facebook, Johnson & Johnson,… Show more Save the Children and The Annenberg Center for Photography. Senain began her career as a journalist working with ABC News and CNN, and then producing projects with acclaimed directors Davis Guggenheim, Sophie Fiennes, James Longley and Morgan Spurlock. Her films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (NY and London). Senain is a three-time Sundance Fellow, and a two-time Tribeca All Access Fellow. Her films have received funding from Sundance, Cinereach, Fledgling Fund, ITVS, Catapult, CAAM and Tribeca Institute. Senain has served on panels and juries at Sundance, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, ITVS, CAAM, Film Independent, Docuweeks, and the International Documentary Association and has mentored filmmakers at the Firelight Filmmakers Labs. Senain is directing a feature documentary in Pakistan, developing a feature film based on the true story of an American girl who becomes the queen of a Himalayan kingdom, and writing a series about her Muslim family running a bong shop in 1980's Georgia. Senain also proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association. Show less
Vaishali Sinha is an award-winning filmmaker who co-directed and produced the feature documentary Made in India, about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of "outsourcing" surrogates to India. The film premiered as a festival favorite at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. It went on to win several Best Documentary awards on the… Show more festival circuit and is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics. She has also directed numerous independent as well as commissioned short films. Vaishali has been awarded support for her projects by the MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, The Economist, Catapult Fund, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Fledgling Fund, Mozilla, Playboy Foundation, CAAM, NYSCA, and Nextpix, among others. She speaks regularly at educational and public events. Vaishali studied Film Production at the New School University. She is originally from Mumbai and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Show less
Digital & Interactive
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Recent Digital & Interactive Projects
alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail.
Three stories of African American men from different socio-economic backgrounds and regions engaged in the beautiful struggle of fatherhood.
Follow Nicole and Kristan's journey to become fost-adopt parents, as they navigate through a bureaucratic maze on their way to parenthood.