Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and based in New York City, she is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds an MA in Dance and MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College. She has studied dance in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States and has performed internationally in France, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and many other places. Chipaumire has also been featured in several dance films including Cassa Cassa (dir. Elodie Lefebvre, 2011) and the semi-biographical nora (dir. Alla Kogan and David Hinton, 2009). Afro Promo #1 Kinglady marks her directorial debut.
After winning a Student Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his first movie, Gold Mountain, Ben Wolf moved on to features such as Lustre (dir. Art Jones), The Young Girl and the Monsoon (dir. James Ryan), and Found In Time (dir. Arthur Vincie). Experimental work includes Shoja Azari’s Venice Biennale entry The King of Black and Shirin Neshat’s Games of Desire, filmed in Luang Prabang. Documentary films range from Deceptive Practice (Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein), a Kino Lorber release, to Emmy winner Baring It All (dir. Patricia Zagarella). Wolf helped develop and shoot a web series for The Indian National Congress Party entitled Billion and One Voices, a collage of modern India. In addition, he teaches cinematography at Montclair State University and has led lighting seminars at DocNomads in Brussels, Brooklyn College, and SACAC in New Delhi.
Born in Moscow, Alla Kovgan is a New York-based filmmaker. She brings 15 years of experience working with dance and film collaborations on screen and in theatre, as well as a strong record as a documentary editor. Her film nora, about Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, has been presented at over 120 festivals, received 30 awards in various genres, and was broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, PBS, TV3, NRK and SVT. Kovgan co-directed and edited the Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade (Sundance, PBS) and Movement Revolution Africa (ARTE/ZDF). She also edited My Perestroika (Sundance, PBS). She is a recipient of many grants and awards including a Poynter Fellowship at Yale University, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and Brother Thomas Fellowship (2009) for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity. She is currently making 3D film about Merce Cunningham. (www.kinodance.com)
Peter Born is a director, designer, and filmmaker. He is currently collaborating with writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili (Bronx Gothic), and with David Thomson on a cycle of installation/performances revolving around a post-sexual incarnation of Venus, happening throughout 2015-16. Born has shot, edited and produced various short films, including hunger with David Thomson (2012), promotional videos for Moleskin and Sadie Nash Leadership Project, among others, and video for use in theater pieces. He is completing his first feature length documentary, Das Federkleid/the Featherdress. Born also designed and created the set for Nora Chipaumire’s rite/riot and he has created performance videos with Chipaumire, Thomson and Daria Fain, among others. He works as an art director and prop stylist for video and photo projects with clients such as Vogue, Estee Lauder, Barney’s Co-op, Bloomingdales, Old Navy, “25” magazine, Northrup Grumman and The Wall Street Journal, with collaborators including Kanye West, Barnaby Roper, Santiago and Mauricio Sierra, Quentin Jones and NoStringsUS Puppet Productions. He is a former New York public high school teacher, an itinerant floral designer, corporate actor-facilitator and furniture designer. His collaborations with Okwui Okpokwasili have garnered two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. Born is a graduate of Yale University.
Daily Variety cited Tony Pemberton as one of Ten Directors to Watch when his first feature film Beyond the Ocean premiered in the Dramatic Competition in the Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for a Grand Jury award and received the Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award. Pemberton has shown films at Anthology Film Archives, Kino Museum (Moscow), Whitney Museum of American Art, and major festivals in America and Europe. His projects have been awarded funding from The Princess Grace Foundation Monaco, the Jerome Foundation, Arts Matters/New Jersey State Council of the Arts, and Arts Link. He received a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, both in film. Pemberton is also the director of the Filmmaking Program at Montclair State University.