2018: WHO WE ARE
Outreach & Selection Committee
Originally from Beijing, China, Amber received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016. She studied photography, digital video, painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, art history, and theater design. Amber has also worked as a fashion editor at L’officiel China and as a new media editor at Harper’s BAZAAR China. Currently a first year MFA candidate in Film and Media Art at Emerson College, Amber is working at the Emerson Urban Arts gallery, as well as a Graduate Assistant in the Media Art Department.
Homa Ershad Sarabi is an Iranian film maker and photographer based in Boston. She holds a MFA from Massachusetts college of Art and Design. She graduated with a bachelors in Photography from the University of Tehran.
Her practice is centered around the experience of immigration and physical dislocation while she is always focused on personal storytelling through different mediums.
Her work has been shown locally and internationally in Iran and United states.
Boston, Massachusetts Native, Cliff Notez is an filmmaker, musician, photographer, writer, and producer/engineer working with places like Harvard, MIT, Blavity, Allston Pudding, Hub Week, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston University, RAW Art Works, The Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston and people such as All Def Digital, Oompa, Shane Romero Tim Hall, Forté, The Mona Passage and many more. He is the founder and owner of media brand and production company HipStory in Boston. Cliff received his master’s in Digital Media in 2016 at Northeastern and a Music & Psychology Bachelor’s at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Cliff created his first band, The ValidDictorians in 2011, with which he self-produced and recorded 5 records to date, allowing him to tour the east coast and establish himself as a notable Boston emcee and musician. This year, he debuted his first narrative short film, Vitiligo which has been accepted to 12 film festivals, a finalist, and winner of best short, including the March on Washington Film Festival, where he was honored alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates. Most recently he released his first solo album, 'When the Sidewalk Ends' [available on Spotify & Apple Music] stressing themes that most of his content, especially Vitiligo, tend to highlight; racism, oppression, black-mental health, and identity. Cliff prefers ginger beer & mangos from the local bodega (with the cat on the bread), vegan-friendly restaurant suggestions, and naps.
Coming from a background in architecture, urban theory, and design, Jessica Myers has worked in diverse practices ranging from podcaster and editor to writer in New York and Paris. Her podcast Here There Be Dragons takes an in depth look at the intersection of identity politics and security politics in public space through the eyes of New Yorkers and Parisians. She is currently working in arts and culture consulting as the architectural strategist for LaPlaca Cohen as well as editing a social justice book series for union members.
Diana is a second-year master’s student of Modern Culture and Media and a recipient of the Brown University and Jusoor Scholarship: 100 Syrian women, 10000 Live. She earned her M.A. in Art History in The Belarusian State Academy of Arts and B.A. degrees in English Literature and Dramatic Studies in Syria. In these programs, her theses were Searching for Hamlet Again, and Theatre and Screen Art of the Late 20th and the Early 21st Century.
Her story for children, The Apple Girl, was published in 2012 and received an award from the ministry of culture. In 2008, she directed and wrote the play Blue Memories at the General Secretariat of Damascus Festivity as an Arab Capital of Culture. She has written and directed for many international film festivals, as well as lectured at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. She is the founder and editing manager of the website 7GATES which supports culture and arts.
Noah Canavan is an award-winning filmmaker, currently based in Boston, MA. Coming from Quincy, Illinois, Noah ventured to the East Coast in 2014 to expand his work into the independent world of cinema. He is currently enrolled at Emerson College's Film & Media Art (MFA) program, where he is graduating December of 2017. Noah also gained his Bachelor’s degree studies in graphic design and photography, with a minor in film production. His past and primary works, set him up as a well rounded director, with experience in all areas of a film production.
Noah currently has over 20 films to his name, with work shown in over a dozen festivals. Select films have won the top prize in multiple festivals and events. His graphic design work has won two Addy Awards and his photography has been displayed on the cover of international magazines, as well as exhibited in multiple galleries and cafes.
Noah is currently wrapping up on his MFA thesis project, a short fictional film titled 93 Miles.
Alex Bilodeau is a Boston-based media artist whose work spans across several mediums. He studied Theater and Film at Umass Amherst and is currently working toward his MFA in Emerson College’s Film and Media Art program. He has made his own short films, interactive theater work, and installation pieces.
Alex also works as an instructor at Maine Media Workshops where he teaches many traditional filmmaking courses. Wanting to experiment in teaching, like he does in art, Alex also co-developed an open-media course titled Making ( ) that was intentionally oriented away from practiced expertise toward creative investigation.
Currently, Alex is working on a documentary project related to the recent Boston Common protests.