The Silver Sun Foundation is a family philanthropy dedicated to providing support for professional creative artists, cultural organizations, educators and social change makers.



Artists-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2020


In partnership with Vic Brooks, Senior Curator, Time-Based Visual Art at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Simon Liu is a film artist whose work centers on building a lyrical catalogue of the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscapes of his place of origin in Hong Kong through alternative documentary forms, abstract diary films, multi-channel video installations and 16mm projection performances. Liu’s work has been presented at film festivals and institutions globally including the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam: Tiger Short Competition, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films at MoMA & Film at Lincoln Center, BFI London Film Festival, M+ Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Cinéma du Réel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Light Industry, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery. An upcoming solo-presentation of Liu’s films and performances will take place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their ongoing Modern Mondays series. Liu is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a teacher at the Cooper Union School of Art, and a member of Negativeland; an artist-run analogue film lab in Brooklyn. Liu is currently editing his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.


Rachael Lawe holds a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, U.K. (2005). After graduation she became Director & Curator of FRED, an art gallery based in London U.K. & Leipzig, Germany. Following a move to New York in 2009, she served as the Founding Director of the International Collage Center, an educational arts nonprofit with a lending and research collection. In 2013 she joined the Decorative Arts and Design team at Tiffany & Co. Between 2016 and 2017 she curated three exhibitions with artist collective Regina Rex. From 2017 she has worked in Interior Design focusing on residential projects, and is an active participant in female focused curatorial groups in New York and continues to independently curate arts programs. Since 2017 she has produced and collaborated on several short films with filmmaker Simon Liu which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. They are now working together on their first feature film. 



ALISA ALI, Producer and DJ at WFUV.ORG 

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2020

Prior to her DJ shifts on WFUV, Alisa spent years as a host on “The Alternate Side” channel, riding the cutting edge of new music and playing her old faves. Alisa does a lot of her work behind the scenes too, as producer many of the FUV Live sessions and live broadcasts. She also collaborates with NPR Music on various projects, most recently including their Turning the Tables project, where they recast the popular music canon with a closer eye on female artists.

          Read more about Alisa and hear her middays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on or at 90.7 FM


Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2020

Shedrick Pelt is an editorial, live-event and commercial photographer. He specializes in documentary, music, product and portrait photography with a style driven by an urge to be the fly on the wall, capturing an experience without disrupting the nature of the moment. Based in Washington D.C., Shedrick works worldwide while keeping strong ties to the local community in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, and his adopted home of NYC.


Visit Shed’s Website Here

Spring 2020 Filmmaker Residencies have been developed in partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of Programs, Media Arts Lab and Creative Culture at the Jacob Burns Film Center



Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020

Emily Ann Hoffman is an award winning animator, filmmaker, and artist. Her films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance and more. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies with the New York Film Festival Artist Academy, the Sundance Institute, the Jacob Burns Film Center and Mighty Oak animation studio. As a fine artist, her work is represented by Spacey Studios and has been featured on Architectural Digest, Fast Company, and more. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores female sexuality, body, and vulnerability through a comedic lens.

Link to Emily’s award-winning short film Blackheads:


Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020

Matthew grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn. His short film Dirty had its World Premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Award for Acting. His short film Lavender premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Searchlight Pictures for an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run, and was nominated for Vimeo’s Best Drama of 2019. His previous short film The Mess He Made premiered at SXSW in 2017 and was a finalist for the Iris Prize.

Matthew is a 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow, a member of the 2017 New York Film Festival Artist Academy, a recipient of the Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and a Creative Culture Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center. He was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2019 25 New Faces of Independent Film and as one of Indiewire’s 25 LGBTQ Filmmakers On The Rise. He is currently developing his first feature film.

Link to Lavender:


Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020 


Adam Meeks is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His last short film Union County premiered in competition at the 70th Berlinale, and has continued on to screen at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Maryland Film Festival, and numerous others. His work frequently examines rural and peripheral American communities, and aims to exist within the intersection of documentary and narrative processes. He is a 2019 Jacob Burns Emerging Artist Fellow and a Yaddo Residency recipient. He currently works as a video producer at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

Watch Adam’s short film Furlong:




Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellow Karina Dandashi


The Silver Sun Foundation is proud to support the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Program for emerging filmmakers with the Diverse Voices Fellowship each year. In 2020 we welcomed Karina Dandashi, a Syrian-American Filmmaker.


Read more about Creative Culture Fellows HERE

Noah Souder-Russo ~ Silver Sun Artist Resident February 2020

Noah is a native New Yorker, a dj, producer, and educational rapper who collaborates with visual artists, dancers and musicians. He is currently working on a music project with a visual component. See and hear more at Noah's Website: and at

Silver Sun Residence ~ Photo by Noah Russo

Gary Louris ~ Silver Sun Artist Resident ~ January 2020

Gary Louris is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter of alternative country and pop music, and one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teaming rock scene. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks and is their principal songwriter and vocalist. Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Read more about him at

Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellow Abbe Akhamie ~ JBFC's Creative Culture Class Fall 2019

The Silver Sun Foundation is proud to support the Jacob Burns Film Center's Creative Culture Program for emerging filmmakers with the Diverse Voices Fellowship each year. In 2019 we welcomed Abbe Akhamie, a Nigerian-American writer/director and producer.

Nature Connection Network Retreat ~ Fall 2019
Nature Connection Network Board & Stakeholders at Silver Sun Foundation, hosted by WILD EARTH, Executive Director David Bronstein. Wild Earth leads transformative nature immersion experiences that cultivate character, confidence, passion & perseverance in today’s youth.

The O+ Festival, Kingston, NY

O+ EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR COLLECTIVE WELLBEING THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS. This vital community organization hosts the annual O+ Festival each fall, which implements the exchange of art-making and performances for wellness services among participants: 'the art of medicine for the medicine of art', including healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.

A SUMMIT OF HUDSON VALLEY LEADERS ~ November 2019 ~ O+ Executive Director Joe Concra, Shaniqua Bowden and Executive Director Julia Farr of Kingston Land Trust, Wild Earth Co-Founder & Executive Director David Brownstein, and TMI Project's Co-Founder and Executive Director Eva Tenuto.

The Woodstock Film Festival 2019 @ Silver Sun Residence

Silver Sun Foundation is pleased to support the annual Woodstock Film Festival by providing accommodations for participating filmmakers during the annual festival in October. The Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, and hosts a diverse group of talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry each year.

Woodstock Film Festival 2019 ~ Women in Film and Media Panel

August 2019 ~ Filmmakers-in-Residence Showcase with Leah Galant & Maya Cueva

On August 10th we were delighted to present our second Community Reception featuring a screening of award-winning short films and a work-in-progress presentation by our resident artist filmmakers at the Silver Sun Residence. Both Leah and Maya have been Sundance Ignite Fellows at the Sundance Film Institute and Creative Culture Fellows at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and their work has been shown at numerous international film festivals. Our Woodstock community joined a group of current Creative Culture Fellows to mingle and meet the artists and learn more about their films.

July 2019 ~ Silver Sun Residence Works in Progress Event supporting Secret City Artists

Artist Bobby Lucy talks about his landscape paintings, and Award winning Los Angeles playwright Laural Meade and Cellist and Singer/Songwriter Leah Coloff share work they have been developing at the Silver Sun Foundation Residence this month.

Secret City at Silver Sun Residence ~ July 2019

The grand finale of this year's Secret City Summer Arts Revival weekend was a smash. Hundreds of local and Hudson Valley friends of Secret City gathered under the big top tent at Andy Lee field for the signature art celebration. This artistic tent revival included The Secret City live band, The Secret City Singers, dancing, guest artists, storytelling, contemplation, revelry and more. It was a high-octane, roof raising, ecstatic art experience.

Secret City Tent Revival in Woodstock, New York!

The Silver Sun Foundation is ecstatic to support the Artists, Musicians,Storytellers, Dancers and more who come together to celebrate community and the arts at the annual Secret City events.

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Benefit at the Silver Sun Residence

This year, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley reached the milestone of providing care in our community for 85 years. Come celebrate this momentous occasion with us and help ensure another 85 years of reproductive healthcare. Presented on June 30th at the Silver Sun Residence in Woodstock .... with performances by Amanda Palmer, The Shovel Ready String Band plus dancing to Freek's Garage

Silver Sun Foundation Benefit for Close-Up Filmmakers Collective

CLOSE-UP encourages and supports documentary filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with diverse ethnic, religious, cultural or political backgrounds from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Join us to meet our creative and courageous artists from Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, and watch exerpts of their thought provoking documentaries. Plus a sneak preview of the 2019 Sundance Special Jury Award Winning Documentary Midnight Traveller.

Secret City Gershwin Cabaret Benefit at Silver Sun Foundation

An evening of singing, cocktails, delicious food, mingling and more in an historic and extraordinary New York setting: Ira Gershwin’s former penthouse. The evening consists of a dazzling line-up of musical performers from Broadway, cabaret, opera and downtown scene, each performing a Gershwin song. The evening is emcee’d by our own Chris Wells.

Featured Performers

Leah Coloff (Oklahoma, This Tree) Julian Fleisher (February House, Coraline, Julian Fleisher’s Rather Big Band) Chantelle Grant (Rheingold, Die Walkurie) Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Billy Elliot) Virginia Marcs (Astoria Music Collective) Mardie Millit (Into the Woods, Hey, Look, It’s Michael and Mardie) John Andrew Morrison (The Strange Loop, The Experimentals) Olivia Oguma (Les Mis, Mamma Mia) Michael Winther (Mamma Mia, Songs from an Unmade Bed) HOST: Chris Wells, founding Artistic Director, The Secret City, Michael Garin, pianist

WFUV 90.7fm Public Radio Highline Bash 2019

Silver Sun Foundation is delighted to sponsor WFUV's fourth annual fundraising gala at Chelsea's Milk Studios for a jubilant celebration supporting New York's most inventive radio station. Featuring intimate sets by beloved artists with a delectable feast. The knockout lineup of musicians included Citizen Cope, Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Caroline Rose, the Binky Griptite Orchestra, and Joe McGinty's Superstar Piano Bar.