TRUE is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He got his start in the film industry in the late 1980s as a scenic artist at Roger Corman Studios in Venice Beach, CA, the renowned springboard for such filmmakers as James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert DeNiro, Ron Howard, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, and many others.
He studied art and psychology at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and filmmaking, animation, and graphic design at The Cooper Union School of Art (where he got his BFA). He has received international acclaim as a graphic artist; his work has been featured and discussed in numerous design books, magazines, and conferences, as well as in newspapers, and television and radio programs around the world. International Design magazine named him as one of 40 of the world’s “leading design innovators.”
He has taught and / or spoken on art, design, and new media at institutions from the elementary through university level, including The Cooper Union Art School, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary, The New School University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Sarah Lawrence College, and others.
He lives in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn, where he has received numerous public art commissions, and where he founded a free annual children’s film festival called “The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy!,” which has been bringing quality family films about the people, history, and culture of the African Diaspora to the Bed-Stuy community since 2000.
|Bianca I. Laureano
social media specialist
AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator
Bianca is a first generation Puerto Rican sexologist living in NYC. Raised in the Washington, DC area in an activist environment, Bianca is the daughter of an artist and educator and a product of the public school system. In the field of sexuality for over a decade, Bianca has worked with and taught youth of Color, working class communities, national and international organizations advocating sex-positive social justice agendas.
She has presented both locally and internationally on various topics concerning activism, Latin@ sexual health, feminisms, youth and hip-hop culture, Latin@s and race, curriculum development, and teaching. She identifies as a LatiNegra, media maker, radical woman of Color, activist, sex-positive, pro-choice femme.
Bianca earned a BA from the University of Maryland in Women’s Health & Latino Communities; MA from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development in Human Sexuality Education; and a MA from the University of Maryland in Women’s Studies with a focus on sexuality, race and ethnicity. Bianca is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, a professor at a private college in New York City and a freelance writer. She hosts the website LatinoSexuality.com.
Visit www.BiancaLaureano.com to find out more about Bianca.
Since completing her Master’s in Film and Television Writing and Production, Stephanie has been either the editor, director, co-producer or writer on nearly 50 films and television episodes. She has worked with students in documentary since 2008 in her Documentary Insider workshops, working with over 20 filmmakers to facilitate their documentaries. Her editing work has been shown on PBS, History Channel, Court TV, and the Discovery Channel, films she has written have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival and won best in fest around the country.
The films she has edited have won countless awards, and premiered at Cannes, and the AFI festival among others. Even as she teaches, she continues to be a working producer and film editor and shares her experience from each project with her students when it is relevant.
Her experience and recognition from her workshops, have resulted in her being tapped by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University to teach their university students documentary production as part of their degree program. There, she has quickly gained a reputation for being an effective, fun and challenging professor. Currently she is producing material for two non-profits and is the director/editor for two indie documentaries in production now.
Stephanie is also a writer, and brings much of her own experience from writing into the coaching process when working with filmmakers.
Below are links to a selection of her projects.
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