Gardens of Justice
New York City's food-justice movement in community gardens.
Jesus Manuel Villalba (Bronx, N.Y.)
Linda Goode Bryant is a filmmaker who makes social-issue documentaries and experimental short videos. She is the founder and executive director of the Active Citizen Project. ACP's mission is to support new modes of public thought and social action that increase opportunities for everyday people to pursue their mutual well being. ACP develops strategies and techniques that use art and new media as principal tools for social action.
Bryant co-produced and directed Flag Wars (POV 2003), a cinema vérité documentary that won a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy. She is a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow.
Prior to filmmaking, Bryant worked as a management consultant in strategic planning and organization development. She was founding director of Just Above Midtown, Inc., a New York City nonprofit interdisciplinary artists' space that supported new work by emerging visual, video and film artists; choreographers; musicians; writers and performance and theater artists. She received a bachelor's degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, and a master's degree in business from Columbia University.
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Global Action Project
Global Action Project's mission is to work with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change.
About Chrystian Rodriguez (Program Coordinator): As a youth-producer turned educator, Chrystian Rodriguez has been part of the youth media field for nearly a decade. Currently, Chrystian is a Program Coordinator at Global Action Project (G.A.P.) where he writes curriculum, develops community relationships, supports staff development, and works directly with a new generation of young filmmakers. Since joining G.A.P. in 2004, Chrystian has facilitated a variety of programs with young people to produce media for social change. He has also co-organized youth film festivals, facilitated media literacy/production and political education workshops locally and nationally, and presented at conferences such as the Grassroots Media Conference, the Allied Media Conference, and the United States Social Forum, among others. Chrystian is a pop-culture guru and conducted research on the subject as a Youth Media Learning Network fellow. He is obsessed with zombies.