Patricia Marte is an Afro-Latinx Hip-Hop Artist, writer, and community engagement specialist. Raised in the South Bronx and based in Washington Heights, Patty is a graduate of Hunter College, where she received her B.A. in Creative Writing. Patty previously worked as the Manager of Community Partnerships for Public Works at The Public Theater. As a teaching artist she worked with various art centers and non-profits throughout NYC, like Dreamyard, Manhattan Theater Club, and El Puente, helping young people in communities of color to create and lead their own artistic projects. She is a former Artist in Residence at Carnegie Hall and a member of the Hip-Hop group Circa’95.
Patty is interested in using her talents and skills to amplify the Afro-Latinx community and to advocate for and empower people from marginalized communities to reach their highest potential. She is passionate about building and celebrating community through the arts. Patty is currently pursuing her MFA in Screenwriting at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She has also run the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Philly Marathons.
Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.
Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates.
Keith M. Brown is currently Executive Vice President of Content for Firelight Films, the premiere non-fiction content company for stories about the contemporary experience, culture and history of diverse communities of color.
Rafiah Vitalis is Firelight’s Director of Finance and Operations. Rafiah has decades-long experience as a finance and nonprofit professional, deeply committed to work that creates transformative change in underserved and historically oppressed communities.
Kandace is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature. During her studies, she developed a passion for amplifying marginalized voices and developing narratives that animate and affirm people of color.
Justin Sherwood recently joined Firelight as Communications Director. He previously served as the Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at The New School (Schools of Public Engagement), where he also directed the college’s public program series, managed external partnerships, and was a part-time faculty member in the Creative Writing Program.