MARK KENNETH WOODS
Two soft things, Two hard things
Woods is a Canadian writer, producer, director, actor and tv host whose films and videos have been broadcast on television in over a dozen countries and have been screened in over 300 festivals and galleries around the world.
Most recently, Woods has gained notoriety for his documentary work (Take Up The Torch, This is Drag) and hugely successful commercial work including Starbuck’s first LGBTQ-themed commercial Coffee Frenemies starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano.
GIA MARIE LOVE – KIKI
Gia Marie Love is currently a Community Activist and member of the underground Ballroom and Kiki Scene. She has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention since 2012 and provided prevention services to marginalized populations, such as trans and gender nonconforming communities of color. Ms Love has won numerous awards for her public speaking skills in policy debate. Gia’s mission in life is to change the current discourse on gender expectations and create healing spaces where individuals can wholeheartedly live in their truth.
JONNY VON WALLSTRÖM
The Pearl of Africa
Acclaimed self shooting director Jonny von Wallström bursted onto the independent movie scene with his revolution film Zero Silence. Jonny both shot, directed and produced the film which premiered at Sheffild Doc/Fest 2011. Born 1982 in Sandviken, Sweden, von Wallström studied digital post-production and graphic design before making documentaries. The Pearl Of Africa is his first feature, premiering in competition at Hot Docs. A film which he directed, shot, edited, composed, animated, co-produced and sound designed himself.
The Pearl of Africa
André Wallström is a producer and global distribution expert. He is the CEO of Rough Studios and Story4Change. Rough Studios, a production company and content agency, produces long and short non-fictional stories for cinema, television or web. Story4Change is a non-profit using documentaries to create social change. In the last year, he has been a keynote speaker on several events such as the BRITDOC: Impact Producers Lab in Finland and Nordisk Panorama in Sweden.
Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning films have shown consistently around the world, including Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, London Film Festival, SXSW and more. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015, short film funding from Rooftop/Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016 and short film funding from the Hamburg Film Fund in 2016.
FAWZIA MIRZA – Signature Move
Fawzia Mirza is an actor, producer, writer who believes in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. She was named one of ’10 Filmmakers to Watch’ by Independent Magazine, and her short films have screened at festivals all over the world. She’s featured in the acclaimed Emmy-nominated and Gotham, Peabody and GLAAD-Award winning web series Her Story. She’s currently working with screenwriter Terrie Samundra, adapting her one-woman play, Me, My Mom & Sharmila into a screenplay.
CHRISTOPHER WALDORF – KIKI
Born and Raised in Harlem, NY, Christopher was introduced to the Ballroom Scene in 2007, when he attended his first Ball and was captivated by the art of Voguing. Four years later, after attending several Balls, Christopher thought he had built the courage to step back into his passion for dancing by joining The Opulent Kiki Haus Of PUCCI, where he learned to establish his own style of Voguing. Christopher now works as a Professional Makeup Artist for Sephora.
HEINI Í SKORINI – Moderator
Heini í Skorini holds a Ph.D. degree in international relations from King’s College, University of London. His research area focuses on the clash between freedom of expression on the one hand and religious sensitivities on the other. He has an MA degree in religious studies from the same university and a BA-degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen. Besides university teaching, Heini has worked as a journalist for both Faroese and Danish media. He has written on a regular basis for the Danish weekly, Weekendavisen, and in the Faroes, he has mostly worked in TV for the Faroese Public Service television.