Aug 3

2:00 PM

Who Gets To Tell Which Stories?
On Cultural Appropriation

Thanks to the possibilities of hyper-communication and easy access to technology, we’re asking questions about authorship now more than ever. What is a filmmaker’s relationship to the community they are working with? What is their responsibility towards that community? How can a filmmaker most effectively consider the ethics and problematics involved in telling the stories of others? In this panel, we will explore issues of culturally-informed art-making and cultural appropriation.


David Felix Sutcliffe

David Felix Sutcliffe is a Sundance-award winning documentary filmmaker. For the past decade, his work has predominantly examined the legal and judicial manifestations of Islamophobia and the impacts of flawed policy on the lives of Muslim-Americans. His films have been broadcast on PBS and BBC Storyville, featured on CNN, This American Life and also in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Salon, and The Atlantic. His most recent film (T)ERROR, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded a Special Jury Prize. (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. (T)ERROR, co-directed with Lyric R. Cabral, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and also won the Grand Jury Prize at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2015. David is the recipient of a 2017 Pew Fellowship and is now developing a documentary musical about Islamophobia.

Michael Premo

Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and filmmaker. He’s co-founder and Executive Producer of Storyline, a production company building power with story and strategy. Recent projects include the audio and photo based exhibit 28th Amendment: Housing is a Human Right, the participatory documentary Sandy Storyline, the short film and exhibit Water Warriors, and Veterans Coming Home, a digital first public media series for PBS. He has produced theater, photography and documentaries independently and with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps and The New York Times. As an impact producer he develops engagement campaigns for art and film, most recently with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, for This Changes Everything. He is an affiliate facilitator with the Interaction Institute for Social Change and is on the Board of Trustees of A Blade of Grass and the Center for Story Based Strategy.

Numa Perrier

Numa Perrier is the co-founder of the popular digital network and brand, Black&SexyTV.  As Chief Content Officer she ushers projects from script to screen as a writer, director, producer, and show runner.  As  an actress she has co-starred in several indie films, including Nefertiti Nguvu’s acclaimed drama In the Morning, and is well known for her starring role as Chick in Black&SexyTV’s digital series The Couple (which scored an HBO development deal).  She co directed the Hello Cupid : Farrah, a spin off movie of the hit series Hello Cupid from Black&Sexy TV, and is currently in production on her solo feature directorial debut- Jezebel.

Iyabo Boyd

Iyabo Boyd is an independent film producer/writer/director and entrepreneur, as well as a 2016/2017 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, and a 2016 Impact Partners Creative Producers Fellow. Iyabo recently produced the feature documentary For Ahkeem by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest which had its international premiere at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, and its US premiere at the 2017 Tribeca International Film Festival. Iyabo previously held positions at filmmaker support institutions Chicken & Egg Pictures, Tribeca Film Institute, Hamptons Film Festival, and IFP. She has served on juries for DOC NYC, the IDA Awards, Cinema Eye Honors, and SXSW. Iyabo is the founder of Feedback Loop, a documentary consulting firm, and started the Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a collective for women filmmakers of color.

Nehad Khader


Nehad Khader is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker/curator, writer, and editor. She is the Senior Program Manager at the BlackStar Film Festival, Managing Editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and after six years as curator currently serves the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival in an advisory position.