Meet our August Documentary Lab Fellows!

Yang Yuanyuan (b.1989, Beijing) is an artist based in Beijing, China. She’s currently in NYC for a 6-months residency supported by Asian Cultural Council. By experimenting with different ways of visual storytelling, she creates narratives where facts and fiction coexist to explore intersections between the individual and the collective memories. Yang’s work spans photography, video, writings, installation, artist books and performance. Yang also writes extensively about art and has been a freelance writer since 2009. She currently works as the Beijing-based editor of Art World magazine.

Dylan Redford is an artist and educator working at the intersection of documentary arts, film, and performance. Dylan is currently the Director of Education at Borscht Corporation, a filmmaking nonprofit based in Miami. Previously, Dylan was at the Walker Art Center as the Bentson Research Associate in Moving Image.

Elizabeth Lawrence is a documentary director/producer/schemer residing in Florida. Her feature documentary directorial debut, ROLL OUT, COWBOY, toured over 50 film festivals world-wide and received six Best Documentary awards. Her oil-on-glass animated documentary short film called, SO FAR ABOVE HUMANS THEY ARE, was commissioned by the Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina for an ongoing exhibition and installation honoring the work of painter Elisabeth Chant. She was a UnionDocs fellow (2011-2012) and contributed a series of short documentaries, LA MARQUETA, to the collaborative project Los Sures.

She is the Founder & Festival Director of the 3rd annual Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival. She is concurrently working on two documentary features with film collective, Creative Schemes. In production, ALDINE, is an ensemble coming-of-age documentary following teenage girls struggling to survive in one of Houston’s most dangerous neighborhoods. In pre-production, a film about the preservation of Norman Studios: The United States’ only extant “race film” studio.

Liz Sargent is a Korean American who works in film and theater in New York City. Liz Co-Directed the short ‘A PERFECT JOURNEY’ for TUMI and TriBeCa Film Festival with Minos Papas of Cyprian Films, New York. She was Co-Producer of the viral PANTSUIT POWER Dance (dir. Celia-Rowlson-Hall and Mia Lidofsky). Liz is in production for 12 TURTLES (working title) a feature documentary about how one family plans for the future of their aging parents and disabled siblings. In addition BIRTH MARKS (working title) a feature experimental doc about identity, adoption and luck is in development.

Her evening length performance at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project that were reviewed as “imaginative…both lovely and disturbing” by The New York Times. Performing Arts Credits include: General Manager for MacArthur Award winning choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion; Producer GO FORTH dir. Kaneza Schaal; Performer/Collaborator DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER and BOTANICA dir. Jim Findlay.

Carlo Nasisse is a filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer pursuing long form projects that explore regional culture, ecology, and the relationships between humans, landscape, and politics. His work has been featured in SXSW, Slamdance, and Indie Grits. His most recent project, The South Texas Cow Punk, won the student grand jury prize at the Oak Cliff film festival in 2017. He has photographed both feature and short narrative films, as well as several documentaries. He is currently directing a feature film on the affective responses to free market environmental policies and discourses within communities in the cloud forests of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Angeline Gragasin is a writer, director, and researcher who tells stories about ecology, memory, and power. She is a graduate of The University of Chicago, an alum of NEW INC, and currently completing an MFA in Screenwriting at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She is currently in production with her first podcast, in development with her first feature film, and working on her first VR project in partnership with The Moth.

Raised in Kansas, studying anthropology and archaeology of the American West gave Luke Malone the desire to explore other cultures outside his own. Luke spent over a decade working in and traveling around Asia and the Middle East before returning to NYC to study media and education. Luke currently splits his time between being Lead Producer for EdLab, a research, design and development unit at Columbia University, and pursuing independent documentary projects around the world.

Amanda Rutllant is a Chilean/Brazilian Documentary Filmmaker and Master in Sociology based in Santiago de Chile. She has worked for the United Nations Development Program and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences as a consultant in qualitative data analysis. She also worked in digital media and news outlets such as The Santiago Times and Latin Correspondent as a photojournalist. Her work touches on a myriad of subjects that vary from intimate narratives to social phenomena’s, seeking to blur the imaginary limits between fiction and documentary. Found footage and collage films are her focus as she believes material cultural heritage allows new and innovative forms of audiovisual narratives.

Chloe Sosa-Sims is a Toronto-based director/ producer/ writer committed to documentary & stylized filmmaking. Her chilling and emotionally raw feature debut DAN AND MARGOT illuminated the complicated truths of schizophrenia. The film was produced in association with Super Channel and has screened internationally. Her work spans independent documentary, television, branded content, and narrative shorts for companies like VICE, Cineflix Productions, Fathom Film Group, Meta4Films, and the Canadian Film Centre. She takes on issues from crime to HPV, and advocates for gender equality in the film industry through her work at Film Fatales Toronto. She recently participated in the RIDM Talent Lab and the Reelworld Emerging 20 program for her new film on women in politics. Her previous work includes 5 years as the Industry Programmer at Hot Docs. She holds a BAH in Film & Media from Queen’s University.