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.
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.
Karine Plantadit is a Tony Award-nominated dancer and actress. She was born in France and raised in Cameroon. She moved to Cannes, France, at age 14 to study dance She subsequently moved to New York City to study dance with Alvin Ailey and was a soloist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 7 years.
Plantadit appeared in numerous Broadway shows and was nominated in 2010 for a Tony Award in the category of Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her playing the role of Kate in the musical Come Fly Away. She was also in Saturday Night Fever, The Lion King, and Movin' Out. She recently starred in a one-woman show La Voix. Her television appearances include So You Think You Can Dance (2010), the 82nd Academy Awards, Frida, Sex and the City. Karine is also the director of Nail Your Auditions, a coaching program enabling actors and dancers to demystify the audition process and learn practical tools to garner more success in the highly competitive arenas of stage and film.
Sarah Schulman is the author of novels, nonfiction books, plays and movies. Her most recent works are THE COSMOPOLITANS, which was picked as one of the "Best Books of 2016" by Publishers' Weekly, and a nonfiction book CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair. She recently published ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL, THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination, the paperback of TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, and the paperback edition of her novel THE MERE FUTURE. Previous novels are THE CHILD, SHIMMER, EMPATHY, RAT BOHEMIA, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES, GIRLS VISIONS AND EVERYTHING and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY. Her nonfiction titles are TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, and MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years. She is also a working playwright and screenwriter. Her productions include: theatrical adaptation of Isaac Singer's ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY. As a screenwriter, her films include THE OWLS (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival 2010, MOMMY IS COMING (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival selection 2011, and JASON AND SHIRLEY, directed by Stephen Winter (Museum of Modern Art). She is co-producer with Jim Hubbard of his feature documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwrighting, a Fullbright in Judaic Studies, two American Library Association Book Awards, and is the 2009 recipient of the Kessler Prize for sustained contribution to LGBT studies. Sarah is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of State Island, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. A member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, Sarah is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at The College of Staten Island. She lives in New York.
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.
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.