PhD. Emory University
Expected Graduation May 2022
American Religious Cultures
M.F.A. The City College of New York, CUNY
Documentary Film Production
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University
B.A. Hunter College, CUNY
Africana & Latino/Puerto Rican Studies
SELECTED PANELS AND WORKSHOPS
“Dark Sciences: Collective Dreaming for Transformative Change”, Co-presenter, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, Maryland; November 2017
“Microaggression Workshop”, Guest Facilitator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Days at The New School for Drama, New York, NY; August 2016
“Filmmaking and Beyond Track”, Curated a series of workshops, Allied Media Conference, Detroit MI; June 2016
“Critical Projections Screening”, Curator, Le Petit Versailles, New York NY; September 2015
“Difference and Media Project”, Featured Panelist, Bard College, Hudson NY; February 2015
“Mixed Roots Stories Panel: Inclusion of the Mixed Experience in Performance Pieces”, Featured Panelist, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago IL; November 2014
“Between the Door and the Street”, Toasted Marshmallows Performance, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY; October 2013
“Queer Justice, not Criminal Justice”, Panelist, Audre Lorde Project, Queer Symposium, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA; March 2010
Failla, Marcelitte L. “Actually I Am Black!” Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out. Ed. Adebe DeRango-Adem and Andrea Thompson. Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2010. 207-210.
TEACHING AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT POSITIONS
Empire State College, SUNY, New York, NY
January 2016-August 2017
• Taught documentary film, web series development and cellphone cinematography courses to undergraduate students.
• Assigned grades and developed syllabi.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project, New York, NY
September 2015-August 2017
• Taught 14-18 year old girls about racism, sexism, homophobia, sexual health and relationship dynamics both at the in-house program and at Gotham Professional Arts Academy.
The Laura Flanders Show, New York, NY
February 2016-February 2017
• Video editor, color correction, sound design and camera.
Downtown Community Television Center, New York, NY
April 2014 – January 2016
Community Programs Manager
• Supervised and coordinated TV-High; a film production after school program in schools across New York City where teaching artists led students through the filmmaking process.
• Developed curricula in accordance with the Department of Education standards.
• Taught filmmaking both in DCTV's Summer Media Intensive Fellowship and at High School for Public Service.
City College of New York, CUNY, New York, NY
September 2013-December 2013
• Assistant taught first year MFA graduate students in a documentary production course.
• Assisted in editing, including technical and structural aspects, to undergraduate students.
Harlem Children’s Zone, New York, NY
April 2010- May 2012
Academic Case Management Coordinator
• Supervised student advocates who worked with a caseload of 20 students that attended the after school program.
• Developed a youth program exploring gentrification and activism through the arts.
• Trained community center staff on curriculum development. Established guidelines and met with facilitators to ensure students met learning goals.
FILMS AND SCREENINGS
Toasted Marshmallows: Director, Camera, Editor
Brooklyn Historical Society; August 2014
Under Durham's Sky: Director, Animator, Editor
San Antonio Q Fest; April 2013
Nothing to Hide: Co-Director, Editor, Camera
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; September 2013
Uncovering Color: Director, Editor
Difference and Media Project Film Screening at Bard College; February 2012
MIX NYC 24th Queer Experimental Film Festival; November 2011
Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival; May 2011
Co-founder of Critical Projections, a queer film production company that produces content that creates a broader representation of queer and transgender people in the media. We have been hired as the production crew for artists including the poet, Aracelis Girmay and photographer Quito Ziegler.
Toasted Marshmallows (www.toastedmarshmallowsproject.com)
Toasted Marshmallows is a film and performance piece that takes a critical look at what it means to be a mixed-race woman in North America today. We have presented our work at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, The Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.