Celia C. Peters is an avant-garde filmmaker creating compelling stories with authentically diverse characters. Peters is a member of NYWIFT and the WGA. In 2011, she was awarded a residency at Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Scotland. Her screenwriting has been prize-winning and recognized in competition.
Credits include experimental pieces, “FIOFY” (2011) and “Poem in Motion” (2011), short documentary “Rethinking Beauty” (2011), and featurette “Editing Uptown” (2010). In 2007, Peters produced “The State of Hip-Hop” for WHUT/PBS and her film “Breakthrough” (2006) screened on BET’s The Best Shorts . Peters is the creator and producer of the dramatic reading series “The Next 15 MinutesTM,” and has produced staged readings at Tribeca Film Center, South Oxford Space and the National Black Theater of Harlem. Peters holds a B.A. with honors from University of Michigan, and an M.A. from University of Chicago. She has done graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at NYU.
ORPHEUS GROUP, CASTING DIRECTORS | PRODUCERS
Orpheus Group is a New York City-based company for theatre, film, and television production established in 1987 by Maria E. Nelson and Ellyn Long Marshall. Film credits include Girlfight, Pinero, Real Women Have Curves, Fat Albert, Maria Full of Grace, El Cantante and Looking for Palladin.
Orpheus has worked with major New York theatre companies, including Lincoln Center Institute, INTAR and En Grade Arts. Theatre credits include the pre-Broadway production of Paul Simon’s Capeman, National and International Tours of 42nd Street, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Jesus Christ Super Star and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. www.orpheusgroupnyc.blogspot.com
GINA CHARBONNET, PRODUCER
Gina Charbonnet, industry veteran and visionary producer, is the owner of GeChar, an Entertainment and Production Agency. GeChar is the Executive Producer of the ESSENCE Music Festival’s Empowerment Experience, which features conversations from influential leaders, artists and innovators ranging from media to politics.
Currently developing sci-fi feature Godspeed, film and video credits include Associate Producer of the acclaimed Faubourg Treme Documentary, Supervising Producer of David Talbert’s Soul Theatre Series, Eve’s Bayou, War Zone II, Fait Accompli, Orleans, and music videos for Mystikal and John Boutté. Charbonnet was recently appointed Associate Professor in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Entertainment Industry Program. www.gechar.com
BEN TOUR, VISUAL ARTIST
Ben Tour’s paintings and drawings are primarily portraits of characters real and imagined. His portraits forms a kind of visual diary of personalities that have impressed Tour (and inspired him, even in their absence), to attempt capturing the qualities of those impressions. The images are nearly always composed of a central figure occupying an indistinct ground, with passages of pristine white space offsetting densely detailed areas, keeping the eye curious. Subtle variations in color and the unexpected transitions between them give both the figures and their surroundings a haunting, indeterminate aura and richly painterly texture. Faces are modeled using dissonant pigmentation and jaunty, distorted contours; his portraiture is not realist, it is evocative.
Ben Tour was born in Toronto, Canada and has a degree in illustration from Sheridan College Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Tour is represented by Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. www.thetourshow.com
Vincent Spencer has been working in the industry of visual art professionally nearly ten years. Spencer has done a bit of everything from storyboards for film to comic books to GI Joe toy and package design.
Art is his life and as a self-proclaimed Art Mercenary, Spencer is open to all types of jobs and challenges. http://www.coroflot.com/vincentspencer
FERNANDO RAMIREZ, LEGAL COUNSEL | PRODUCER
The Law Office of Fernando Ramirez represents film producers, writers, directors, media personalities, composers, musicians, songwriters, managers, music producers and authors, some of whom have garnered Emmy, Oscar, Peabody, MacArthur, Sundance and Grammy nominations and awards.
Film projects represented by Ramirez have been acquired by Artisan (Lions Gate), BET, California Newsreel, Columbia Pictures, Court TV (TruTV), Docurama, ESPN, Filmmakers Library, HBO, Maverick, NBC Universal/MUN2, PBS (American Experience, American Masters, POV), the Sundance Channel, TLA Releasing.
Ramirez has been a guest panelist at industry festivals and conferences. He’s an Adjunct Professor in Media Studies & Film at The New School University. www.entfrlaw.com