Ultan Guilfoyle is an award-winning producer, director and writer whose films have appeared on HBO, Bravo and PBS in the United States, and the BBC and Channel 4 in Britain.
Guilfoyle began his career at the BBC, where he produced music and arts programs including the rock show, Whistle Test, and the rock concert Live Aid. With business partner, Bob Geldof, Guilfoyle produced the film 1071 Fifth Avenue, for ITV’s The South Bank Show. Presented by architect, Richard Rogers, the film told the story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, his last and most famous building. Guilfoyle was the founding director of the film department at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York. While in this position, Guilfoyle co- curated the landmark design exhibition The Art of the Motorcycle, which remains the most attended design exhibition in museum history.
In 2014, Guilfoyle completed a series of short films with the architect, Renzo Piano. Guilfoyle’s film on women in architecture, Making Space, premiered at the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival in September 2016. Working with the late director Sydney Pollack, Guilfoyle’s film Sketches of Frank Gehry, was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The film was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics and was featured on the PBS series American Masters. Guilfoyle recently completed a series of films about the Japanese Pritzker-prize winning firm SANAA.
When not making films, Guilfoyle writes about design, among other things. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the Independent (UK), Design Magazine, and, most notably, in two publications by Phaidon Press; Spoon and Phaidon Design Classics.
LAURA PHILLIPS “LAURIE” ANDERSON (born June 5, 1947) is an American avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects.Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery.She became widely more known outside the art world in 1981 when her single “O Superman” reached number two on the UK pop charts. She also starred in and directed the 1986 concert film Home of the Brave.
Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows. In 1977, she created a tape-bow violin that uses recorded magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and a magnetic tape head in the bridge. In the late 1990s, she developed a talking stick, a six-foot (1.8 m) long baton-like MIDI controller that can access and replicate sounds.
Anderson was married to musician Lou Reed from 2008 until his death in 2013.
RITA DOLORES MORENO (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican-American actress and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; she notably appeared in the 1961 film West Side Story, as well as a 1971-1977 stint on the children’s television series The Electric Company. Moreno is one of twelve performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony She has also won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards.
Moreno’s Broadway credits include Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969), the very short-lived musical Gantry (1970) and The Ritz, for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. She appeared in Chicago in the female version of The Odd Couple, for which she won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1985. In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Berkeley Repertory Theatre‘s revival of The Glass Menagerie. In September 2011, Moreno began performing a solo autobiographical show at the Berkeley Rep (theater) in Berkeley, California, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup written by Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone after hours of interviews with Moreno.
Moreno acted steadily in films throughout the 1950s, usually in small roles, including in The Toast of New Orleans (1950) and Singin’ in the Rain(1952), in which she played the starlet “Zelda Zanders”. In March 1954, Moreno was featured on the cover of Life Magazine with the caption “Rita Moreno: An Actress’s Catalog of Sex and Innocence”. In 1956, Moreno had a supporting role in the film version of The King and I as Tuptim, but disliked most of her other work during this period. In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins‘ film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein‘s and Stephen Sondheim‘s groundbreaking Broadway musical, West Side Story, which had been played by Chita Rivera on Broadway. Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for that role.
DERRICK ADAMS is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. A recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and 2014 S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alum. His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York ’05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn ’04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA ‘05, ‘13, ‘15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. His work can be seen in New York at Tilton Gallery; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris.
Andres Caballero is a public radio producer and filmmaker based in New York. He is a former producer at NPR’s Latino USA, StoryCorps and is an NPR/Above the Fray fellow. He co-directed GAUCHO DEL NORTE (2015), an observational documentary that follows the journey of a Patagonian immigrant sheepherder recruited to work in the American west. He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for THE INTERPRETER.
Andrés Caballero is a public radio producer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He produced a series for StoryCorps, recording the stories of military personnel who served in post 9/11 conflicts. Andres is a former NPR/Above the Fray fellow, where he reported stories from Cameroon, including the refugee spillover from the Central African Republic. He’s a former producer for Latino USA and his stories appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, PBS and print publications across the US. He co-directed GAUCHO DEL NORTE, an observational documentary that follows the journey of a Patagonian immigrant sheepherder recruited to work in the American west. The film premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was acquired by PBS for its America ReFramed series.
Currently, Andrés and producing partner Sofian are finishing a second feature, THE INTERPRETER, for which they received the MacArthur Documentary Grant in 2016.
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