Alex Borden is a screenwriter & videographer - born in Philly, raised at Howard, living in Harlem. He transitioned from a career in finance to pursue filmmaking full-time, and now works in Acquisitions for IFC Films, evaluating independent films for distribution while separately working on his own projects. He has a long relationship with community advocacy, and he spends his free time as an Action Board member for Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO), a Harlem-based non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of young men involved in the justice system.
His next transition is focused on producing & directing, and in the meantime you can catch him & his work at @alxborden.
Kearah-Armonie (Kearmonie) is an Afro-Caribbean Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an MFA candidate at The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema for Post-Production. Kearmonie’s writing often exhibits the condition of the Black American from a millennial lens, with personal accounts of love, family, oppression, and womanism.
Her work can be found in WusGood.black magazine, and Great Weather for Media’s anthology “The Other Side of Violet”. This Black History Month she completed a photo project #28ShadesofBlackMagic, in collaboration with LaQuann Dawson, a collection of portraits featuring 28 Young, Black creatives and entrepreneurs for each day of February. She also takes on art film, creating short poetic and experimental films, offering this as a service to her fellow poets and spoken word artists.
Most recently, she produced, shot, and edited short film “Shoulders”, a story highlighting the urgency and significance of friendship among Black Women, now streaming on "Aurore TV"(auroretv.com).
Follow her work @kearmonie
Shurize Richards graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Advertising Communications and a Minor in Film.
She has a history of working in the entertainment industry and non-profit organizations. She has produced three films in the last two years and is an aspiring Executive Producer, Director and Entrepreneur.
StefaniePhilpott is a writer and aspiring screenwriter/director fromCleveland, OH. She is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY where she is writinga Dramedy series based on her time in New York. She is also working on aDocu-Series on taboo topics within the African Diaspora community as aco-writer, co-producer, and co-director.
Stefanie graduated fromCentral State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Media and RooseveltUniversity with a M.S. in Integrated Marketing.
Yaphet Jackman is a Brooklyn born, Guyanese bredfilmmaker with a passion to live, learn & laugh. He holds a B.Sc inCommunication Studies from the University of Guyana and an M.F.A in film fromOhio University.
Coupledwith 20 years of experience in the media and television industryacross the Caribbean and the US, Yaphet worked his way up from a parttime camera operator to a budding Cinematographer/Director.
As anindependent filmmaker, he's on a journey to preserve and develop cultureand the visual arts in Guyana and the Caribbean. He's committed to usefilm and new media as a means to bring Caribbean stories to main streamdistribution.
Yaphethas worked on projects with the World Bank, USAID, the Global ShapersCommunity – an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, CaribbeanGovernments, AT&T, Verizon, the Athens International Film Festival andthe New York Film Academy to name a few.
Follow his work @yaphetjackman
Alexis "Lexi" Pratt is a natural born creative flying in from the Sunshine State! She's had a hand in writing, producing, and even being an on-air talent. You ever heard of the "black sheep"? Well Alexis is trying to bring stories of the hidden or outcast topics to life with a touch of her own quirky personality.
After studying at Syracuse University, she decided to leave the tundra and take on an internship at BiB Media in Brooklyn. Alexis went on to work for NBC, Mustache, and BET.
When she's not knee deep in storytelling, she is dedicating her time as a co-founder of The Roux where she and her team help develop spacial experiences for creatives of color. You can also find her climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, bar tending at major music festivals, or checking off places on her "Operation Find The Spot" list where she explores restaurants and hangouts throughout the 5 boroughs.
A decade (or two) from now, you will see some of Alexis' scripted work on platforms like Netflix and Hulu and be able to purchase her best-selling book at a local Barnes and Noble. That's right, she's not afraid to dream big!