Spring 2020 Residencies




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:

FILMMAKER ADAM MEEKS ~ Spring 2020 Resident

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:

Winter Residencies

Silver Sun Artist Resident Noah Souder-Russo ~ 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 and

Silver Sun Artist Resident Gary Louris ~ January 2020

Gary Louris is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter of alternative country and pop music. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band the Jayhawks and their principal songwriter and vocalist. See their brilliant 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert and follow Gary's music at

Autumn 2019 Residencies

October 2019 ~ Woodstock Film Festival Filmmakers at the Silver Sun Residence

Ivana Black and Lea Nayela, producer and cast members of ‘The Garden Left Behind (2019).  Dawn Young is a producer and actress, known for The Garden Left Behind (2019), Awkwardly (2018) and Choice (2017).

The story centers around the life of Tina Carrera, a Mexican trans woman, struggling to make a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City.



Leah is a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow and documentary filmmaker living in Westchester, NY. Leah was named Variety magazine’s “110 Students to Watch in Film and Media” while a student at Ithaca College for her work on the SXSW hit, The Provider and Beyond the Wall. Leah was the inaugural Sally Burns Shenkman Women Filmmaker Fellow at Jacob Burns Film Center where she completed Kitty and Ellen.

Filmmaker Leah Salant’s work includes two award winning short documentaries about several remarkable Holocaust survivors which have been shown internationally at numerous Film Festivals, including SXSW, HotDocs and the San Fransisco Jewish FF.


Maya is a mixed Latina filmmaker from Berkeley, California. She is an award- winning director and producer and her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Latino USA, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, StyleCaster, and NBC’s Nightly News.

Her short documentary, The Provider, was screened internationally and across the U.S., including SXSW, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and the International Youth Film Festival Langesund in Norway. The Provider also won an Emmy at the College Television Awards. Featured in the list “#40WomentoWatch: Incredible trailblazers that completely ruled 2016” by The Tempest, Maya is a 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellow, part of the Sundance Film Institute and was a Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Maya’s short film Only The Moon/ Solamente La Luna (9m.) is an animated documentary about her father’s immigration story from Peru to the U.S., visualizing his dreamlike memories of transformation through the ‘60s, and what it means to grow old as a Latino immigrant in the age of Trump.

Filmmakers' Showcase

On August 10th, we hosted a Filmmakers-in-Residence Showcase with Leah Galant & Maya Cueva at the Silver Sun Residence, featuring a screening of award-winning short films and a work-in-progress presentation by our resident artist filmmakers. 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. We were delighted to host our Woodstock community to meet the artists and learn more about their films.

July 2019 ~ Secret City Residencies

Laural Meade ~ Laural Meade is an award winning Los Angeles playwright whose work has won The LA Drama Critics Circle Award and more. Her plays have been seen around the US and Europe. For her residency. Laural has been working on a new play with music about the Vaudeville legend, Sophie Tucker, which she performed selections from along with Woodstock musician Marta Waterman on piano.

Resident Artist Laural Meade performs Sophie Tucker

Leah Coloff ~ Leah Coloff is a cellist, singer/songwriter whose recent show, This Tree, was developed and presented at HERE Arts in SoHo. She’s performed her dynamic cello rock songs all over the world and appeared at Carnegie Hall, Galapagos, and more, and is currently onstage in the band of Oklahoma on Broadway! For her residency, Leah’s been developing a new song cycle that she’ll share.

Resident Artist Leah Coloff performs Emily Dickinson for song and cello