Activities / Achievements
MFA The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois 1981
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER "YURUMEIN (Homeland)"
50-minute documentary about the Caribs / Garifuna of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. (2014)
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER "Jamesie, King of Scratch"
70-minute documentary about Scratch Band or Quelbe music focusing on James “Jamesie” Brewster, the legendary musician from the U.S. Virgin Islands. (2006)
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER "Mom's
10-minute trailer about a Garifuna woman
living in Chicago and her mother who is a midwife and healer in
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER: "The
45-minute video documentary and study guide about a group of people
in Belize whose African/Amerindian ancestors successfully resisted
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR: "The Long
30-minute video documentary and study guide about Guatemalan refugees
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / WRITER: "Jump
Up/ Mix Up"
10-minute 16mm film about the masquerade festival in Toronto
known as "Caribana" (1990).
CO-DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER:
"Who is Jim Taylor & What is the Community Film Workshop,"
40-minute video Dino Malcolm, Producer (1990).
PRODUCER / WRITER: "Voodoo and
The Church In Haiti"
40-minute, 16 mm film documentary about Voodoo as a traditional
African religion in the new world (1988)
PRODUCER / CO-WRITER / DIRECTOR:
"The Musicians Building"
40-minute video documentary about a building that housed musicians
in Chicago (1987).
WARDROBE ASSISTANT: "Warzone"
Feature film. Roger Barski, Director & Producer (1988).
PRODUCTION MANAGER: "Sunset Freeway"
A dramatic production for a theater project (1988).
FOUNDER: St. John Film Society, a free monthly film screening series presented on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.
PROJECT DIRECTOR: "The Jamesie
Project" an educational documentary and archiving
project about scratch band music in the Virgin Islands. Copies of all video and audio materials placed in Center for Black Music Research archives in Chicago, Illinois.
FOUNDER / CO-DIRECTOR: REELTIME,
a free monthly series of public programs at the Evanston Public
Library. The series presents independent media and brings the
public at large and film/videomakers together to promote discussion
about issues of concern to the community.
PROJECT DIRECTOR: "The Garifuna
Journey" a collaborative archiving project with
the Garifuna people documenting aspects of their culture. Completed
work resulted in several video documentaries and a multi-media
traveling exhibition and archives for the Garifuna Nation. Copies
of materials placed in Center for Black Music Research archives.
CO-OP MEMBER: New Day Films, Inc.,
a group of independent filmmakers who work cooperatively to self-distribute
social-issue documentaries. www.newday.com
PROJECT DIRECTOR: "The Long Road Home,"
a collaborative project with Mayan refugees living in Chicago
which resulted in a multi-media traveling exhibition and a 30
minute documentary. Exhibit included: Drawings, photographs, and
TEACHING & RELATED EXPERIENCE
Sacred Journeys conference, Oxford, England. July 2014
Diaspora Voices, New Directions: conference, University of Toronto, April 2014.
Visiting Artist, St. Vincent, West Indies 2005.
Traveled around the island presenting "The Garifuna Journey" to Caribe descendants.
Panel Participant: International
Council for Traditional Music Conference, Brazil (2001); "Echoes
of the Bone," Northwestern University Conference; Caribbean
Studies Association Conference; and the Evanston Arts Council.
Columbia College, Chicago,
Il. Taught documentary production in film/video department (1999-2001).
Panel Co-Facilitator/Presenter on "outsider/insider"
collaboration in documenting ones’ culture: Field Museum
of Chicago; American Museum of Natural History, NY.
Co-authored: "Special Project"
article, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Spring 1996 &
Authored, "A Personal Distribution
Story," Angles Magazine, Vol. 3, #2, 1997
Authored, "Garifuna Settlement
Day: A Celebration of Resistance," ACM Magazine,
Panel member for application review,
Chicago Artists International Program, 1995
Juror, Women In The Directors Chair
Film Festival, 1994, 1997.
Panelist, 1994 Presenters Incubator
Regrant Program, funded by NEA & MacArthur Foundation
Conferences attended: NEFVF 1994, NAMAC 1993, Robert Flaherty
Seminar for Independent Video and Cinema: 1994
Juror, American Film Festival,
Chicago, Illinois, 1989.
Panel Moderator, Chicago Area Film and
Video Network Conference, 1989.
Authored, "Collages, Carvings
and Quilts," The Visual Arts of St. Vincent," Caribbean
Review, Vol. XIV, No. 1,1985.
Guest lecturer, School of the Art Institute,
Guest Lecturer, Parkside University
of Wisconsin Extension, 1986.
AWARDS & GRANTS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Virgin Islands Arts Council grant for “The Jamesie Project”
Virgin Islands Humanities Council grant for "The Jamesie Project."
Virgin Islands Arts Council grant for "The Jamesie Project."
Illinois Humanities Council grant for "The Jamesie Project."
Virgin Islands Humanities Council grant for "The Jamesie Project."
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award
Grants for Reeltime program: Illinois Humanities Council, Illinois
Arts Council, Playboy Foundation
Illinois Humanities Grant for "Valentina, Midwife and Healer."
1999 Rotary International,
grant to distribute "The Garifuna Journey" video and Study guide
for distribution to schools in Belize.
Evanston Arts Council Cultural Fund, Major grant for "The Garifuna
Zonta International, Grant to develop study
guide for Garifuna project.
The Artistic Achievement Award in Ethnographic
Video, Huntington International Independent Film Festival
Award of Merit in Film/Video, Latin American
Honorable Mention, Phila Film International
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film
CAIP travel grant (Belize), Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Special Assistance Grant: Illinois Arts Council
"Bronze Apple" National Educational Film and Video Festival.
Grants for "The Long Road Home" project: Resist & The Shefa
"Honorable Mention" Columbus International Film &
"Certificate of Appreciation" Earth
Peace International Film Festival.
Grants for "The Long Road Home" project: Chicago
Office of Fine Arts, Peace Development Fund, Resist, New Prospect
Foundation, Landau Family Foundation.
Special Assistance Grant: Illinois Arts Council,
for arts consultant Morrie Warshawski.
Community Arts Assistance Grant: Chicago Office of Fine Arts.
Build Illinois Filmmakers Grant: Community Film Workshop
Community Arts Assistance Grant: Chicago Office of Fine Art.
Chairman's Grant: Illinois Arts Council.
SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS
2005 & 2008
Michael Banzhaf Gallery, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Solo exhibition
Art Institute of Chicago, School Gallery, "Extentions"
Chicago Public Library/Cultural Center, West Gallery
Morton College Art Gallery, Cicero, Illinois
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
Kit Basquin Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, "Static Motion"
Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, Illinois
Borg Warner Corporation
Altshuler, Melvoin, Glasser Associates
Peat, Marwick, Mitchell Associates
Cellular Business Systems
Numerous private collections
"Leland Sets Sail With Ocean Images," Chicago Sun Times,
"Static Motion," Hyde Park Art Center catalogue
"Group Show Takes Its Cue From Nature," Milwaukee Journal,
"Gallery News," Chicago Sun Times, June
"New Trends In Fiber," Fiberscope, Volume