RYAN JOSEPH was born in Trinidad, West Indies and now resides in Jersey City, NJ. As a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker his work focuses on documenting and bringing to light marginalized communities and subcultures. Ryan has displayed at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey and The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, among other venues. He has been published in The New York Times, Jet Magazine, En Foco Photography Magazine, Urban Ink Magazine and has worked as a still photographer for Asante film production, The Black Candle. His cinematography credits include The Rink which he co-produced.
Ryan has taught photography at Lehman College, Essex Community College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. In Baltimore, he has worked with “Art with Heart”, a program dedicated to bringing art to at-risk youth and has also taught classes on new media and web design in summer youth programs.
He holds a B.A. from Lehman College, with a concentration in graphic design and photography and an MFA from the Integrated Media Arts Program at Hunter College, with a concentration in documentary filmmaking and photojournalism.
DAVE POWELL was raised and still lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked as an organizer for the Metropolitan Council on Housing, the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. He is currently the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn.
Dave has been quoted on housing issues by the New York Times, The New York Daily News, Crain’s New York Business, The Village Voice, City Limits and other media. The Village Voice recognized his activism on behalf of New York City tenants in its “Best Of 2003” issue. Dave is a former member of the National Writers Union (UAW local 1981) and has been a collective member of ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side for over 20 years.
He holds a BA in film production from and a Masters in Urban Planning, both from Hunter College.
Kathryn has over 20 years of documentary post-production experience. Her credits include My Brooklyn (2012), Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2006) and The Gun Deadlock (2001.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
JOY TOMCHIN is a producer whose credits include the Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague (2012).
KELLY ANDERSON is a documentary filmmaker whose many credits include My Brooklyn (2012), Every Mother’s Son (2005) and Out at Work (1996).
TOM ANGOTTI is an professor, urban planner, Cooper Square Community Land Trust board member and author, whose books include New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate.
TERESA BASILIO is a filmmaker, activist, musician and educator. Her latest film project is Voces de Fillmore (in production) about gentrification and neighborhood change in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is the co-director of Global Action Project.
LYNN LEWIS is a member of Cooper Square Community Land Trust and the Executive Director of Picture the Homeless.
LUCAS SHAPIRO is a community organizer with Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE) and a board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ).
BETTY YU is a media maker, organizer, educator, who also serves on the board of Working Films, Chinese Staff and Workers Association and the Community Funding Board of the North Star Fund. She currently works as a Community Outreach & Media Specialist at Manhattan Neighborhood Network.