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Joel KatzJoel Katz
Producer/Director/Editor

Joel Katz is an independent filmmaker based in upstate New York. His Corporation with a Movie Camera (1992), a video about how corporate representations have shaped Americans' ideas about the Third World, was broadcast nationally on PBS's New Television series in 1994 and is in worldwide distribution. Dear Carry (1997), a video based on the life of a New York jewelry designer and amateur filmmaker named Carry Wagner (1895-1992), is a documentary essay about ancestry, identity, cameras and travel. It premiered in 1998 in the Museum of Modern Art's "New Documentary" series and has shown in festivals nationally and internationally.

Katz is currenlty developing White: A Study in Color, a documentary about what it means to be white in America. The project has received support from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media and the New York State Council for the Arts. Katz is an associate professor in the media arts department of New Jersey City University and is a member of the board of birectors of Third World Newsreel, a New York-based advocacy and distribution organization for filmmakers of color.

Don ByronDon Byron
Film Score Composer

Don Byron, clarinetist, composer, arranger and social critic, redefines every genre of music he performs, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. He has been voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in international music journals since being named "Jazz Artist of the Year" by Down Beat in 1992. Don Byron has performed at major festivals around the world, including recent appearances in Vienna, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London and New York. An integral member of New York's cultural community, Byron served for four seasons as artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he curated a concert series for the Next Wave Festival and premiered his children's show, Bug Music for Juniors. His artistic collaborations include performances and recordings with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, John Hicks, Bill Frisell, Vernon Reid, Cassandra Wilson, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Bobby Previte, Mandy Patinkin, Steve Lacy, the Kansas City All-Stars, Medeski Martin & Wood, Angelique Kidjo, Carole King, Salif Keita, the Atlanta Symphony, Joe Henry and many others. His albums include Tuskegee Experiments (Nonesuch, 1992), Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz (Nonesuch, 1993), Music for Six Musicians (Nonesuch, 1995), No-Vibe Zone (Knitting Factory Works, 1996), Bug Music (Nonesuch,1996), Nu Blaxploitation (Blue Note, 1998), Romance With The Unseen (1999), A Fine Line: Arias & Lieder (2000), and You Are #6, (2001). Byron is an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space in New York City.



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