Billy Gerard Frank (born in Grenada) is a multi-disciplinary artist, and autodidact living in New York who works at the intersection of art, filmmaking, design, and activism. Frank's practices mine personal, political, and social histories and challenge dominant and normative discourses around them. His research-based work addresses issues of migration, race, and global politics, relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects. He moved to London as a teenager where he began painting and exploring experimental video art and installation and was part of several film and art collectives. In 2001, he moved to New York to pursue studies in fine arts at the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York.
His collected, altered and own mix media artworks and films have been exhibited in group and solo shows in New York, London, and the Caribbean and are in several private collections and institutions like National Academy Museum of Fine Arts and Design, and MOMA PS1. Frank was recently selected to represent Grenada at 58th La Biennale di Venezia 2019. Over the years, he has been an artist-in-residence at several artist residencies, including a recent residency at Camac Centre D’Art in France, sponsored by the Ténot Fondation. Frank is ALSO THE FOUNDER OF NOVA Frontier Film Festival & LAB that showcases films and arts from AND ABOUT the AfricAN Nova Diaspora, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Since 2005, after studying filmmaking and media arts at The New School University, and New York University, Frank has worked as a writer, director, and production designer, in both narrative and documentary films that were screened at international film festivals, LIKE Sundance and Berlinale. He has worked for clients like DOE, UNDP, Verizon, Porche, and The Robin Hood Foundation. His narrative short film, Absence Of Love, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, shown in over 50 international film festivals and won audience best award. He was nominated for a European Music Video award in the category of Production Design for his design of Warner Music Group artist, Mary Komasa. He is presently in development on a narrative feature film, and a television series.
Frank currently lives and work in Brooklyn, New York.
Lydia Darly is an award winning actress, filmmaker and founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival, born and raised in France of Guadeloupean descent. She was part of several experimental avant-garde theater companies in Paris as a teenager and has worked as an actress and model in Italy. She was featured in Exorcist: The Beginning, directed by Renny Harlin. Lydia studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute in New York and with acting coach and director Jordan Bayne. Lydia was Bayne’s AD on the film The Sea Is All I Know, which featured Academy Award winner, Melissa Leo.
Lydia is the writer, producer and leading actress of the short film Scratch. She made her directorial debut with the award winning short film, The Way You Love, which she also wrote. After a successful festival run, The Way You Love is currently streaming on IndieFlix. Lydia is also in development with a narrative feature film, a coming-of-age drama based on her life growing up in the Parisian suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse.
Lydia is a frequent guest speaker and programmer at film festivals in support of emerging indie filmmakers and women in film. She recently received The Queens World Film Festival Community Award for her on-going work as a moderator to the festival.
Mick O’Connor is the director of media and presentation for nova frontier film festival. He has worked in the international post-production business for over 25 years in NY and Globally. He held many positions in the field ranging from Editor to Post Production Manager to Managing Director. In 2000 he started one of the first independent DVD authoring facilities in NYC and secured contracts with global content providers including Time-Life Video and Bandi Entertainment to produce regional global versions of their content.
Always in the forefront of changes in the business, he provided clients with solutions to ever-changing technical advancements in Digital Delivery, High Definition, Blu-Ray, and Standards Conversion. Clients have included the Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, HBO, AETN, MTV, TNT Europe, TNT Asia, NBA, NFL, NHL.
Rachel Lawlor is the programmer & Editor for NOVA FRONTIER FILM FESTIVAL. She is an Editor and designer based out of Brooklyn, New York, who has edited numerous short films and commercial content, and is now in the process of editing a feature length documentary. She studied film and journalism at Fairfield University. She received the award for best editing at the 2017 Cinefest Film Festival for her work with ‘OCD’, and the Lawrence Scholarship for her work with Simply Smiles on ‘The Oral History Project’.
PATRICK MCCARTHY IS AN ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR NOVA FRONTIER FILM FESTIVAL. HE IS A WRITER, VIDEO EDITOR AND CREATIVE BASED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK WHO HAS WORKED IN ADVERTISING, FILM AND DIGITAL FOR OVER A DECADE. HIS APPRECIATION AND PASSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS PERHAPS ONLY RIVALED BY HIS THIRST FOR COFFEE.
Aurélie Harp is a French-American producer, filmmaker and performing coach. She is the Founder and Director of The Womanity Project. Aurélie studied sciences politics, film noir and marketing at Sciences-Po Paris while also being trained as an actor. She worked for almost a decade in advertising in Paris and New York. Her passion for films and theater led her to acting, writing and directing. In 2016, she created The Womanity Project, a multi-media platform using film, improv & social media to advance gender and race equality. In 2016, she produced over 40 podcasts aired on Radio Free Brooklyn and she launched the first season of The Womanity NY Stories Series on facebook/instagram in September 2017.
Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965, New York), for more than two decades has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson), Harris teases the viewers’ perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors and recalibrating the familiar with the extraordinary. Harris has exhibited work widely, including at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) among many others, as well as at international biennials (São Paulo, 2016; Busan, 2008; Venice, 2007; Seville, 2006; Gwangju, 2000). His work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, most recently The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and was recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.). In 2016 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation and was in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
Having studied at Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University.
Lauren Beck is an Oscar Nominated producer (2017) of Manchester By The Sea, and K Period Media’s founding Producer and Production Executive. Lauren has produced short and long form projects fusing original content, emerging technology, and digital design. As Executive Producer at Moondog Edit, a New York based advertising and film production company, Lauren opened the doors to a variety of new creative territories in original content development, film, and music. Lauren was responsible for establishing a fully integrated collective of five companies including creative development, production, post-production, VFX, and music supervision to form an e cient and expansive model. With a wide range of executional expertise and armed with progressive entrepreneurial and artistic instincts, Lauren began curating and producing a talented team of writers and directors in the development of film and series opportunities.
Leyden Lewis - Founder and Creative Director of Leyden Lewis Design Studio has a background which encompasses the culturally rich Caribbean heritage of Trinidad and Tobago, urban sophistication, and classical European Modernism. His unrivaled aesthetic has made him the celebrated New York designer that he is today.
Leyden Lewis's diverse range of projects includes luxury residences on Manhattan's famous Museum Mile and a contemporary art-filled winter retreat at the Breakers Row in Palm Beach, Florida. Currently under construction is a full-scale architectural renovation of a nineteenth-century Victorian brownstone with a rear garden located in the historic district of Park Slope, Brooklyn. He has designed model apartments public corridors and lobbies for many of New York and New Jersey's major real estate management and marketing agencies, such as Rose Associates, Insignia, The Sunshine Group, and The Marketing Directors.
As a fine artist, his work has been exhibited widely and has received much acclaim. In 2004, Leyden Lewis was invited by the curator Thelma Golden to participate in the Harlemworld: Metropolis and Metaphor show at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Critic Herbert Muschamp referred to Lewis's work as "the poetic heart" of the exhibition. When it is desirable, Leyden Lewis Design Studio assists and consults with building art collections for clients.
Eros Sana - Initially lawyer of international law, after 10 years as Chief of staff in the French Senate and the European Parliament and more than 20 years of grassroots activism, he has converted to photography and journalism. Since 2010 he has traveled to Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe and deals with topics related to conflicts, climate change and violence and discrimination. As a photojournalist, he works with several magazines (Paris-Match,Médiapart, Libération, Le Monde, Le Parisien, L'internazionale, Gazeta Wyborcza, etc.). In 2009 he co-founded an online newspaper, bastamag.net That has today more than one million readers per month. Eros is Bsta Publication Director.
Bob Brockmann is a music mixer, producer, and musician in the music and film business with 30 Grammy awards, an Oscar nomination and over 250 million records sold worldwide. His many credits include Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight, Faith Hill, Korn, Christina Aguilera, P Diddy, Santana, and Sting among many others. He is currently founder and CEO of AdVRtze, a full Service Virtual and Augmented reality Branding agency and production company based in New York City.