Trent D. Williams, Jr.
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Trent D. Williams, Jr. a native Houstonian received his MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from The Florida State University and BA in Psychology from Morehouse College. Mr. Williams has performed alongside Destiny’s Child, 112, and Janelle Monae among others. From 2007-2009, Mr. Williams was invited to dance with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). He is currently teaching as an Associate Professor at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where he continues to advance his passion, emotional expression and a unique style of dance to the students.
NBFF Feature Film: Black Stains
Joowon Song applies her background in contemporary dance and actively interacts with various artistic disciplines. Song is currently a member of a community movement group of professional dancers and amateur dancers called 11DANCEPROJECT. Song’s work highlights the interaction between the body and the life in the city, with movements that are like an aside in a play. Her work transcends time and space, and she focuses on the act of recording life. Since 2013, she started her research for the Pung Jeong. Gak(風精.刻) series, a site-specific dance film and performance project to revive the city space and produced a number of film episodes and performances so far. Song received the Best Piece Award for the Seoul Dance Film Festival (2017), and Seoul Dance Center Dance Film Academy (2017) and Audience Jury Award in Cinema at the 18th Seoul International New Media Festival (2018). Her films were recently screened at the 32nd Indie Forum (2018), and the 44th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2018) [Macau China] Rollout Dance Film Festival 舞蹈影像展(2018) [Tokyo, Japan]TOKYO ZOKEI UNIVERSITY+DANCE AND MEDIA JAPAN lNTERNATIONAL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (2019) SEOUL International Women's Film Festival (2019)[Hong Kong] Jumping Frames 跳格國際舞蹈影像節 International Dance Video Festival (2019),[Armsterdam, NL] Filmhuis Cavia (2019), [Longdon, UK] London International Screendance Festival(2019), [Mexico City, Mexico] Mexico City Videodance Festival (2019),[Thessaloniki, Greece] Thessaloniki Cinedance International (2019), [Buenos Aires, Argentina] Festival Internacional de Videodanzaba(2019).
NBFF Feature Film: TBA
Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Tiffany Rhynard is a mother, filmmaker, dancer, self-care advocate, and life-long anti-conformist and combatant for social justice. Rhynard’s award winning documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, received a 2018 Television Academy Honor for its airing on LogoTV in partnership by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Forbidden was awarded the first Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center, received the Freedom Award from Outfest, was featured on American Airlines during their 2017 Pride campaign, and is now currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Rhynard’s dance films have screened at festivals nationwide including ScreenDance Miami where she was awarded the Jury Prize for Invisible Queens (2015) and for Black Stains (2018). Rhynard holds a B.A. in Dance from UNC Greensboro where she was later honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. She received her M.F.A. in Choreography from The Ohio State University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the FSU School of Dance where she teaches Contemporary Technique, The Body and Social Justice, and Dance and Technology.
NBFF Feature Film: Black Stains