Jeanne C. Finleycreates hybrid documentary and expanded cinema projects that utilize engaged participatory events to reflect on the contested past,
the turbulent present, and the unpredictable future.
Her projects employ collaborative processes with artists, scientists, audience, and subjects. Her films have shown at festivals internationallyincluding IDFA, SF Film Festival, New York Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New York Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and the George Pompidou Center. She has received many awards grants,including a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation, Cal Arts / Alpert Award, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Phelan Award.
Director, Artist, Art Educator
Jeanne C. Finley
Lydia Matthews has curated numerous international exhibitions, community-based urban festivals and educational workshops in the South Caucasus region, Turkey and the Southern Europe, as well as in New York City, where she serves as Professor of Visual Culture and Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons School of Design/The New School University. As a Greek-American curator, writer, researcher and teacher, her practice focuses on collaborative, socially-engaged art and design projects, and she has lectured and published on this topic in educational and cultural venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Commissioned by Open Society Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, CEC Artslink, Emre Senan Foundation and the US Embassy in Georgia.
Curator and Art Educator
Lyazzat Khanim is a Kazakh artist and fashion designer based in Instanbul whose sensibility is influenced by the multicultural environment of Eastern and Asian cultures. She graduated from Parsons New School for Design, with bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design in 2017. Her film and fashion work is strongly influenced by the tenuous relationship between society and Earth. With a conceptual emphasis on sustainability, Lyazzat creates functional garments made of eco-friendly organic fabrics with gender-neutral aesthetics that speak to both men and women. Lyazzat Khanim together with Oluchi Mavi are founders of the clothing brand 5:45 AM.
Artist & Fashion Designer
Kri Schlafer is a singer, songwriter and director for the Portland chapter of the Threshold Choir, a growing community of people worldwide who sing with and for those at the thresholds of life. Kri works part time at the public library and as an Original Play practitioner in schools and private homes. She was ordained in 2005 by Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh and completed her MA in Embodied Peacemaking in 2009. Growing up in the north woods of Wisconsin, she has a deep love for the natural world: lakes, rivers, forest, rocks, sky, mountains, wildflowers and myriad wild creatures. Kri currently resides in a houseboat in Portland, OR.
Singer and Composer
Paul Hill is an award winning filmmaker, editor and sound mixer. He joined the Wexner Center's Film/Video Studio Program in 1996 where he edits with world renowned filmmakers and video artists on a wide range of projects from documentaries to multi-channel videoinstallations. Through the Film/Video Studio Program Paul has worked on hundreds of projects from filmmakers and video artists including Sadie Benning, Jennifer Reeder, Barbara Hammer, Shimon Attie, Lynne Sachs, Penny Lane, Sam Green and many others. He was an editor for The Brandon Teena Story, which won Best Documentary awards at several festivals, including the Berlin and Toronto International Film Festivals. In 2003 Paul completed Myth of Father, an award winning documentary about his transgender father. The film is being distributed byFrameline Distribution. In 2015 he co-directed and edited Cincinnati Goddamn, adocumentary about racial profiling and police brutality in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently being screened at film festivals and museums across the country.
Jim is the owner of Earwax Productions, which he co-founded in 1983. He has worked on major motion pictures, festival-winning independent films, documentaries, as well as popular IMAX productions.
He is a leading force in making our increasingly digital and electronic world friendlier and more intuitive. Jim has been at the forefront of major changes in sound technology, helping to keep audio standards high across all media. His resume includes the sound design for artist Ai Weiwei’s groundbreaking installation on Alcatraz, @Large to the familiar sonic brands and audio user interface with Apple, Facebook, Belkin, Logitech and Pinterest. Since 2007 he has mixed feature DVD/Blu-ray feature compilations for Pixar/Disney. Jim received his Master of Fine Arts from The Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California and his Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia.