in 2006 and launched an annual film festival in Detroit which showcases cutting edge indie films from around the world. She was featured in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in Black Detroit. In 2012, Marshalle became the Dean of the Awesome News Taskforce-Detroit.
Christopher McNamara is a film and video artist who divides his time between Windsor, Ontario and Ann Arbor Michigan. His work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout Canada including Western Front in Vancouver, YYZ and Mercer Union in Toronto, Galerie B 312 in Montréal, the Khyber Art Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Macintosh gallery in London, Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and at the Art Gallery of Windsor. More recently McNamara had a solo exhibition at Binz 39 in Zürich, Switzerland, was featured in the Shrinking Cities Project at Kunst Werke in Berlin. In June 2009 he presented “Some More Cities” at the Sherwell Art Centre in Plymouth, UK. His video, Establishing Shots premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was subsequently screened at Independent Film Festival Boston, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and at the Projection Gallery in Liverpool, UK. He has performed at international festivals including Mutek (Montréal), Spark (Minneapolis) and Detroit Electronic Music Festival (Detroit). His most recent projects include “On Location” – a 4 screen media installation as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival at Gallery Project, Ann Arbor and “Falling In Place” – a solo exhibition at the Thames Art Gallery (Chatham, ON) and at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, ON). In addition to his video work, McNamara works with three distinct audio art collectives: Thinkbox, Nospectacle and Noiseborder Ensemble. McNamara is a Lecturer IV in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan where he teaches courses in New Media production.
The Detroit News has described Harvey Ovshinsky as “one of this country’s finest storytellers.” Harvey was just 17 yearsold when he founded The Fifth Estate, one of the country’s oldest underground newspapers. Since then he has been awarded broadcasting’s highest honors, including a national Emmy, a Peabody, a duPont - Columbia University Award, and the American Film Institute’s Robert M. Bennett Award for Excellence. While director of production at Detroit Public Television, Harvey helped supervise the production of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” The Metro Times has described Harvey’s career as “a colorful and fantastic voyage, at times brave and visionary.”
After dropping out of high school and earning a BFA in New Jersey, Jerry Paffendorf moved to Portland to make art, and then followed his interest in emerging technology to the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he earned a Masters of Science in Studies of the Future. From there he got busy as a futurist and internet creative, first working with the nonprofit Acceleration Studies Foundation in LA, and then joining a startup based in DC called the Electric Sheep Company where he began making and studying new experiences in 3D virtual worlds. He co-founded Wello Horld in Brooklyn where he helped invent the coolest realtime social internet software you’ve never heard of. That venture capitalfueled adventure ended, appropriately, in San Francisco. Always building on past experience, lifelong passions, and a sense of where the web is going, in early 2009 Jerry moved to Detroit because his “spider senses were tingling” with the opportunity to help weave a collective internet experience into the fabric and regrowth of a great American city.
Marshalle Montgomery has worked to bring together diverse communities in Metro-Detroit for over a decade and considers it to be her passion and life’s work. “I believe in using my time, talent, resources and energy to create a positive change in the world around us.” Marshalle grew up in Inkster, Michigan and currently resides there. She is also a filmmaker who co-founded Trinity Film Coalition, L.L.C.
Published on Sep 15, 2012