Nefertite Nguvu- Writer/Director
Nefertite is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for outstanding screenplay.
Nefertite has written, produced and directed two short films: a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled “I Want You,” and “The End of Winter,” an emotional meditation on loss, both of which screened at numerous film festivals. Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite also directed a ten-part web series featuring Queen Latifah for CoverGirl and Flavor Unit Entertainment entitled ‘U.N.I.T.Y. Re-ignighted’, ‘Love Star’ a mini music documentary, as well as an eight-part web series entitled ‘Black America Again’ featuring Academy Award winning musician/actor Common for Universal Music and Freedom Road Productions.
As writer/director/producer, Nefertite made her feature film debut with “In The Morning,” a film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. “In The Morning” delves into the emotional landscape of contemporary black life in a way rarely seen in modern cinema. The film debuted at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York City and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. After a string of successful film festival screenings across the country and in Paris, France, the film also won the award for Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival in Italy, Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta. “In The Morning” will be released in theaters and VOD Spring 2017.
Arthur Jafa- Cinematographer/Producer
Arthur Jafa studied filmmaking at Howard University and is highly acclaimed for his cinematography on films such as Julie Dash’s ground-breaking ‘Daughters of the Dust’ (1992, re-released 2016), Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’ (1994), Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson’s ‘Audre Lorde: A Litany for Survival (1995), John Akomfrah’s ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X’ (1993), Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ (2014) and Nefertite Nguvu’s ‘In The Morning’ (2014). He has remained singularly committed to the proposition that a Black cinema “as rich in power, beauty and alienation as black music” is not only possible but the ultimate goal and inevitable outcome of any sustained “free black association” with cinema. The Hammer Museum recently presented Jafa’s creative work as part of its ‘Made In LA 2016’ program.
Susan Linss- Production Designer
Susan Linss first entered the pop world in 1992 after meeting director Hype Williams to collaborate on a music video for Mary J. Blige. The duo created a continuous stream of groundbreaking music videos with the most successful hip hop artists at the time, including the Notorious B.I.G., Usher, Wu Tang, Naughty by Nature, Blackstreet and The Firm Biz. Linss subsequently worked alongside high-profile directors (such as Paul Hunter, Brett Ratner, Marcus Rayboy, Darren Grant, Chris Robinson, Erik White, Jeremy Rall, and Dante Ariola) as production designer for the likes of Jay-Z, Mos Def, Whitney Houston, Ja Rule, Missy, Ghostface, Cee-lo, Ludacris, Nas, Busta Rhymes, and Fabolous. This simultaneously led to commercials for corporate powerhouses (ESPN, Levis, Target, HP, PBS, Macy’s LG, Burger King and Heineken) with directors such as Doug Liman, Francois Girard, Luis Mendoki, Chuck McBride and John Leguziamo, and companies such as RSA, Propaganda, HIS, DNA, Psyop, Kaleidescope and Smuggler. In 2003, Linss was hired by Kanye West for a Common music video (‘Go). The two became creatively tied: Susan went on to interior design his New York loft, as well as create concepts and designs for tours, shows, videos, events, lookbooks, and all branding/visual identity for his companies (Good Music and Good Pictures). The duo traveled extensively for inspiration and continue to work together on a project to project basis.
Erin Judd- Producer
Producer Erin Judd is the founder of No Frames Production Company. Since its inception in 2005, Erin has built an extensive roster of commercial clients, and in 2013 expanded the company to serve the European market with the launch of No Frames Europe Oy. In 2014 Erin produced “Dream Big” the theatrically released Isac Elliot music documentary in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment Finland and received three EMMA nominations for best Music Video. “As a producer of primarily short-format content, it is always an exciting and rewarding challenge to take on the world of feature length narrative production, as each project has it’s own extended lifespan and adventures. In The Morningis no exception, and being a part of the incredibly talented ensemble of cast and crew has been a true pleasure.” Erin has a relentless commitment to her craft and a passion for the collaborative art of filmmaking.
Ali Muney is a New York based editor. She has edited a host of documentaries and reality based television programming. She has also edited several narrative short films shown at Cannes, Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest, Mill Valley, Woodstock and Frameline film festivals. As an additional and assistant editor, Ali has worked on 12 films with several first time directors and veterans like George C. Wolfe, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tamara Jenkins.
Rebecca Beluk is an editor in feature films, documentaries and commercial post production. Rebecca has also worked on both documentary and narrative feature films, including Too Tough To Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (doc) and Sex Drugs Guns, winner of Best Feature at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009. Rebecca’s experience began as an assistant editor in commercial post. She spent 4 years as an Editor at Beast Editorial where her work helped earned numerous awards, including the Cannes 2012 Black Lion for Overall Effectiveness (Febreze – Breathe Happy). Rebecca has edited numerous short films and music videos. She is currently working on a music/doc web series called Mixed Tapes. Rebecca studied Film & Television Production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a Girl Scout.