Producer/Director: Cyrille Phipps
Cyrille Phipps, an African/Caribbean American and native New Yorker, has been a media educator and video documentary maker for almost fifteen years. She
received a B.F.A. in Film Drama from Syracuse University and M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University.
She was the Video Producer for Volume.com, where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive vision for video usage throughout the entire site.
Before joining Volume.com, she was a Coordinator/Instructor for the Education and Outreach department at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the largest public access facility in the country.
She also spent a year as an Adjunct Professor in the Media and Communication Arts department at City College. As a media educator, she taught health care providers, social workers and community groups how to use media to discuss difficult issues around HIV and AIDS as part of "The Seeing thru AIDS" program with Media
Working in film and video, she has collaborated on various documentaries that have aired on PBS, TNT and the BBC. She was the co-founder of Black Planet Productions, which produced the award winning grassroots series Not Channel Zero- the revolution, televised. As a member of this collective, she co-produced a number of critically acclaimed documentaries including, Black Womyn, Sexual Politics and the Revolution and Our House: Gays and Lesbians in the Hood.
As a producer, director, cameraperson and editor, she has received several awards such as The BRIO Award from the Bronx Council of the Art, an Honorable
Mention at the National Black Programming Consortium's Annual International Video and Film Award for Respect is Due. She's also received Third Place in Non- Fiction at the SONY Visions of U.S. video competition for Black Womyn, Sexual Politics and the Revolution. In 1994, she was the recipient of a Fellowship Award from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Much of her work has been featured in national and international festivals from New York to Hong Kong. She has produced and directed a number of documentaries and community-oriented programs dealing with issues, such as AIDS, homophobia, sexism and racism.
Currently, she is the Managing Director of Access Services at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, one of the largest public access stations and community media centers in the country.
Consulting Producer: Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett is a media professional with an extensive background as a producer, researcher, and writer.
Having started her career in documentary film at
the prestigious Blackside Productions in Boston, Ms. Bennett has worked on documentaries for WGBH, WNET, HBO, The History Channel and England's Channel Four.
Ms. Bennett's production credits include several award winning programs:
Citizen King, This Week in History, Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery, Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory, A Hymn to Alvin Ailey, People
Like Us: Social Class in America, and America's War on Poverty.
Ms. Bennett has also produced commissioned films for the National Civil Rights Museum and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
In addition to her film credits, Ms. Bennett is
also a gifted teacher and mentor. Ms. Bennett has lectured at Film/Video Arts, Third World Newsreel, The School of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Suffolk
University, Massachusetts College of Communications, Boston Film Video Foundation, and Cambridge Community Television.
Ms. Bennett has served on the boards of Women
in Film and Video, and Deep Dish Television Network.
Ms. Bennett's recent honors and awards include: the CPB Fellowship at the American Film Institute - Digital Content Lab, CPB/PBS Producers Academy Scholarship, Input 2005 Professional Development Fellowship, Film/Video Arts Filmmaker Residency, and Project
Involve Honoree at the Independent Feature Project.
Ms. Bennett grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College.
Production Coordinator: Cassandra Lizaire
Cassandra Lizaire, in a natural progression from her studies in Communication and Business studies, this recent graduate of Cornell University is currently
pursuing a career in television and film production.
She has worked at MTV Networks and also writes for several online publications including theCelebrityCafe.com.
This native New Yorker hopes that "this documentary will leave a lasting impression on all viewers and motivate each person - whether it is taking an HIV test, passing along condoms and sexual health information to friends
and loved ones, or volunteering at the community level -to take a stand in the fight against HIV & AIDS... but most of all, I hope that the issues raised in this film will call attention to the status of Black women as the most at-risk
group for HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and foster some real discussion and renewed activism."
Training Coordinator: LaShawn Williams
LaShawn Williams is Senior Management Consultant in the Training and Development Department at Harlem Hospital Center. In that capacity, she manages a $9
million dollar grant program. As part of that position, she manages a Nursing training program, which services more than 150 hospital employees in conjunction with the Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center.
Since 2000, she has served in the capacity of Board Chair of the Brownsville Youth Association (BYA), a
not-for-profit organization, which initiated the first employment agency in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with the organization's founder, she
nurtured it from an idea to a reality. The organization has proudly recruited and trained approximately 1,000 unemployed community residents in the security
field and helped a significant number find employment. As current members of the Brooklyn Taskforce on Infant Mortality, BYA provides health education and
referral services for pregnant or parenting women.
Other community-based affiliations include, Vice-Chair of the Brownsville Heritage House, a community-based cultural center, which promotes intergenerational programs; and 2004 Borough President appointee to School District 23?s Community Education Council.
Professionally, Ms. Williams has been affiliated with city government for more than 10 years. She received her Bachelor's degree within the CUNY system,
while simultaneously working with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Outreach Coordinator: Michelle Materre
Michelle Materre has a professional background which spans 25 years in television, film and video with a concentration on independent film. She has worked
in myriad capacities in the nonprofit and commercial entertainment industry as a producer, writer, arts administrator, strategic advisor, outreach consultant, distribution/marketing specialist and/or educator.
Ms. Materre continues to serve as an independent media consultant to filmmakers and film/video organizations on issues related to strategy, fundraising, distribution, marketing, outreach, and programming and production issues.
In this capacity, Ms. Materre has worked with award-winning independent filmmakers and noteworthy film
projects such as Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto released by Women Make Movies; The Boys of Baraka by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing; Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice by Stanley Nelson; Chisholm "72-Unbought & Unbossed" by Shola Lynch; Channel Thirteen/WNET's national series, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow; COLORVISION for American Public Television; "West 47th Street" by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples; "Love and Diane", by Jennifer Dworkin; "E Minha
Cara" by Thomas Allen Harris; and Ralph Bunche:The Odyssey Continues by William Greaves, among others.
She is currently the Director of Distribution for Third World Newsreel, the oldest progressive media arts organization in the country.
She is formerly the Executive Director of International Film Seminars, sponsoring organization of the Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She was also
Associate Director and Marketing Director of Educational Video Center, a media arts center for urban youth; and Associate Director of Women Make Movies, a national film and video distributor of independent work by women artists.
Ms. Materre is an Assistant Professor at The New School where she recently won the "University Distinguished Teaching Award". She currently serves on the Board
of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television, is on the advisory board of Reel New York, and is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, universities and libraries around the country on a variety of film related topics.