Keisha passionately believes that the entire lifecycle of a film, from conception to circulation, is a creative process that can expand or constrict what and how we imagine. Keisha has a BA in Comparative Religion from Barnard College, an MA in Media Studies from Pratt Institute, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Keisha has been part of the programming teams at the New York African Film Festival, and the Maryland Film Festival.
Guest Curator for My Sight is Lined With Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video
Program Director Line of Sight
Abby Sun is an artist, film programmer, and researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. Through her work, Abby considers the power dynamics in the documentary form’s inherent smudging of reality, with a particular interest in the conditions of moving image exhibition. She has bylines in Film Comment, Filmmaker Magazine, Film Quarterly, Hyperallergic, and other publications. She has reviewed grants and applications for the National Endowment for the Arts, SFFILM, Center for Asian American Media, LEF Foundation, Sundance Catalyst, If/Then Shorts, and spoken on panels at TIFF, NYFF, Getting Real, and other film festivals. Most recently, Abby is the Curator of the DocYard. She previously held positions as the senior editor for Nat. Brut and programmer for True/False Film Fest and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Project Coordinator for My Sight is Lined With Visions: 1990s Asian American Film & Video & Line of Sight
Ashley Lin is just beginning. A second generation Asian American, she carries lessons from supporting independent media artists at the Asian American Documentary Network, Visual Communications, Rada Studio, and the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute.
Theatrical Distribution and Publications Coordinator
Rahel Neirene is a storyteller with a strong focus on the interconnectedness of universal beings. They come from a long line of storytellers and family who have always worked on and with the land. Much of her work reflects this as their core passion is working with plants and earth materials. Rahel believes radical transformation happens through connecting by sharing of stories and experiences.
Carla Troconis (she/her) is a writer, director, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Carla’s work explores the roles of memory and imagination in diaspora communities, especially those from politically ravaged communities. As a producer, Carla is particularly focused on exploring the roles of memory and imagination in diaspora communities. As a director, she has worked with various artists and brands for commercial projects and created a number of short narrative and documentary projects. As a producer and entrepreneur, Carla co-founded Pinwheel Productions and enjoys producing work that expands and complicates notions of narrative, representation, and identity.
Engagement Producer and Associate Producer for Sentient.Omnibus
Caroline Xia (she/they) is a filmmaker and photographer based in NYC. Her work centers around the empowerment of women of color. She has written and directed short films about a Chinese-American mother and daughter duo, as well as a coming-of-age film about a teenage girl coming into her queerness in the 1990s. Her most recent photo series was created to decolonize the American landscape and depictions of traditional American life. Her work has been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), a photography solo show at Asana Roots Gallery, and publications such as Sukeban Magazine.
Born and based in London, UK, Matt Turner is a writer, editor, curator, and marketer with specialisms in non-fiction and artists’ moving image. Recently he was Marketing Manager at Open City Documentary Festival and founding editor of Non-Fiction journal, a publication for creative criticism on contemporary and historical non-fiction media. Currently he is working on various freelance projects, and writing regularly for publications including: Sight & Sound, MUBI Notebook, frieze, and others.
Hee Young Pyun
Hee Young Pyun is an architect / filmmaker from Korea. She has been working on various architectural projects and exhibitions internationally, continuing her experiment with cinema as a media to explore space and place. She also collaborates with filmmakers from all over the world, as a writer, director, and designer.
Ton-Nu is a student at Harvard College studying East Asian History and Film, navigating the landscape of Southeast Asian contemporary art and its historic undercurrents. Outside of Sentient, Ton-Nu is working on the Harvard Advocate's Migration Issue, where she serves on the Art board. In her free time, Ton-Nu enjoys trying to read Deleuze and checking out what's happening in the art scene at home. She's currently based in Cambridge, MA during the school year and, during breaks, divides her time between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Nace Zavrl hails from beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a doctoral student at Harvard University and a regular contributor to Radio Študent, KINO!, and Ekran magazine; he also works as a curator and critic of contemporary art. Nace has written on film and experimental media for Afterimage, Senses of Cinema, and the Moving Image Review and Art Journal.