Artists-in-Residence ~ Summer 2023

Silver Sun in partnership with The Secret City


Founding Artistic Director Chris Wells with Cellist and Composer Leah Coloff

Leah is a regular performer and band member for the Obie Award winning the Secret City and cellist for the Scorchio String Quartet, featured in the award winning documentary, Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome

She has performed and recorded with numerous musical artists including  Trey Anastasio, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Michael Cerveris, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Damon Albarn,  Ziggy Marley, Linda Thompson, Dean & Britta, Angelique Kidjo, Nancy Sinatra and Mark Mulcahy among others.

Leah’s multimedia autobiographical song cycle, ThisTree, premiered in the 2019 Prototype Festival and received commissioning, development, and production support from HERE as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program.

In addition to her personal creations, Leah is a professional cellist most recently performing as a member of the 7 piece onstage band in Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! from its run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to the Tony Award winning production of Oklahoma! Broadway. She can also be heard on the Grammy nominated Oklahoma! cast recording.

Leah and Chris with host Amanda Palmer at her Gravesend Variety

for a performance of Leah’s new composition Super Second Rate for voice and cello.

Silver Sun in partnership with



Filmmaker Emilie Madhavian, Cartoonist Navied Madhavian and daughter Elika
along with Arno Mokros and Sean Weiner from the UFO team at Silver Sun Residence
In June, we welcomed the Madhavian family for our second Silver Sun Family Residency.

Emelie Mahdavian is an Emmy, Peabody, and Sundance Award-winning filmmaker who was selected for DOCNYC’s 2020 “40 Under 40” list. Her nonfiction feature Bitterbrush screened at Telluride Film Festival, Doc Fortnight at the MoMA, and was released by Magnolia Pictures/Hulu. She produced, wrote, and edited Midnight Traveler, which won numerous international prizes and was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Documentary. 

Navied Mahdavian has been a contributing cartoonist at The New Yorker since 2018, where his comics, cartoons, and illustrations have appeared regularly. His cartoons have also been published in Reader’s Digest, Wired, Private Eye, American Bystander, and Alta Online and in the books The Rejection Collection and Send Help! His first book This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America will be released by Princeton Architectural Press in fall 2023.


Emilie presented her feature film Bitterbrush with a Q&A conducted by filmmaker Rachel Grady.

  Navied presented his forthcoming publication This Country: Searching for Home in (Very) Rural America in conversation with fellow New Yorker Cartoonist Amy Kurzweil.

Artists-in-Residence ~ Spring 2023

Silver Sun in partnership with Skylight


                      VIVX ~ A human rights media organization and its leadership team from Colombia, Guatemala, México and the U.S. 

Skylight and the VIVX team are back in Woodstock for their annual retreat at Silver Sun Foundation Residence. VIVX is a Latin American network for environmental defenders, by defenders, for their protection, using cinematic storytelling to challenge toxic narratives that put them at risk.

Our focus this year is on AfroColombian women who are protecting the rivers in the Chocó region of Colombia. The Atrato has been designated a river with rights by the Colombian government as it joins the international movement to confer legal status to rivers as part of the growing global rights of nature movement. We will be presenting “River Guardians” our upcoming multi-media international campaign designed to highlight the positive narratives represented by defenders on the frontlines of protecting our planet.

In partnership with Vic Brooks, Senior Curator,

Time-Based Visual Art at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Author May-Zhee Lim

Born and raised in Malaysia, May-Zhee Lim is a writer living in New York. Her writing has appeared in Electric Literature and is forthcoming from AirMail. She is formerly a publicist for Riverhead Books, an executive assistant for PEN America, and is currently at work on her first novel.

Kukuwa Ashun

Kukuwa Ashun is a writer and editor from Brooklyn. A progeny of Ghanaian immigrants, Kukuwa holds a degree in creative writing from SUNY Purchase and received her MFA in fiction from New York University. She is currently working on a novel.


Natalie Jasmine Harris 

Natalie Jasmine Harris is a Black queer filmmaker from Silver Spring, Maryland currently based in NYC. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a filmmaker, her work spans narrative, documentary, and experimental forms but is centered around a mission to tell stories that capture coming-of-age experiences, showcase Black joy, and reimagine liberation for marginalized communities. 

Natalie’s NYU thesis film, “Pure,” received The 2020 Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award and had a film festival run that included over 50 festival screenings worldwide. In February 2022, the short film was acquired by HBO and is now available to stream on HBOMax. Natalie is now working with award-winning producer, Avril Speaks, to adapt the concept behind “Pure” into a feature-length film of the same name that has garnered support from SFFILM’s Rainin Screenwriting Grant, The Gotham Week Project Market, Outfest’s Screenwriting Lab, The Toronto LGBTQ+ Financing Forum, Film Independent Fast Track, and The WIF x Sundance Financing Intensive.

 In December 2022, Natalie was included in The Alice Initiative’s 2022 List of Emerging Female Directors. Natalie was a 2022 Creative Culture Filmmaking Fellow at The Jacob Burns Film Center and is also an emerging commercial director, having directed spots for Hyundai and Verizon. Natalie’s work has been featured in publications that include Teen Vogue, THEM Magazine, Huffington Post, The Cut, and NBC. 



Kerry LeVielle 

Kerry LeVielle (she/they) is a queer filmmaker originally from Schenectady NY and is currently based in Brooklyn. By way of semi-autobiographical docu-fiction, their work investigates the emotional dissonance experienced while coming-of-age in circumstances of abandonment. 

Kerry is the Silver Sun Foundation’s Spring 2023 Artist-in-Residence. She’s an alum of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship and Creative Culture fellowship. Her two short films Playhouse and Partners in Crime were nominated for Best Narrative Short at NFFTY 2019 and 2020. She is currently developing the script for her first feature film, Upstate.

Artists-in-Residence ~ Winter 2022-23

The Wild Walking Women Artist’s Collective

The Wild Walking Women are six artists of varying experience and mediums who coalesced during the early days of the pandemic.  With limited opportunities to socialize safely, this group met weekly (masked) to walk, talk and make art.  Weather permitting they would bring materials and stop along the trail to paint and sketch.  They bonded over the local landscapes, discussions about art projects, and museums and galleries to visit in the future.  They hoped for a return to “normal.”  As the world opened up, they continued to explore the vistas, walk, and create artwork together. 

Natalie Boburka:  Conceptual mixed media artist.  (@boburkastudios,

 Dawna Johnson:  Painter, mixed medium and textile artist. 

Ellen Mahnken:  Interdisciplinary artist, designer, maker—many mediums.  (@ellenmahnken)

Kate Masters:  Landscape painter.  (@kate_masters_, KateMasters@Art.)

Ellen Roth:  Nature themed drawing, painting and collage. 

K. VelisTuran:  Mixed media fiber.  (@kvelisturan,

Writer Max Friedlich

Max is a writer from New York City. 
In theatre, his work has been performed at The NY International Fringe Festival, The Kraine, The Blank Theater, Access Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, The Bowery Poetry Club, and IRT, as well as Sarah Lawerence, Wesleyan University, Arizona State, Ithaca College, and Northwestern University. He was an artist-in-resdience at NYSAF’s Powerhouse Theater Development Center, an O’Neil Semi-Finalist, and a member of IAMA Theater’s Emerging Writer Lab. In 2023, his play JOB will have a fully produced run at SoHo Playhouse and his play Black Ice will be performed as part of the Chain Theatre’s One Act Festival. 
In TV/Film, he has sold/developed work with FX, AMC, Ace Entertainment, Filmnation, Felix Culpa, and Kindred Spirit. He is currently co-creating an original anime for SONY Animation and Crunchyroll as well as a movie for writer/producer Andy Breckman.


Martha is a filmmaker, producer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her short doc “Three Red Sweaters,” about images, family and memory, won Best Documentary at Aspen Shortsfest in 2017, screened at festivals worldwide and is a vimeo Staff Pick. In 2021 her short doc “Now that they See us,” about a feminist Chilean performance collective, screened at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival as well as festivals across the US. She is currently producing Paul Felten’s “Last Year in Another Country,” and she is an executive producer on Chloe Abraham’s debut film “The Taste of Mango” as well as Billy Luther’s “Frybread Face & Me.” She is also an adjunct professor at School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology.

~ In collaboration with ~


Arno is a film producer and arts organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is producing Noah Schamus’ upcoming feature debut, Summer Solstice, a selection of the US in Progress forum at the American Film Festival in Poland. As Artist Programs Manager at the Jacob Burns Film Center, Arno led the operations of the Creative Culture fellowship and residency programs, and has served as a creative advisor and consulting producer on numerous short film projects. 

Artists-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2022

Silver Sun in partnership with Close Up 

 A cinematic initiative for non-fiction filmmakers from the Middle East & North Africa region


Yemeni Filmmakers Mariam Al-Duhubhani and Mohammed Al-Jaberi join us at Silver Sun to work on their feature documentary ‘Let’s Play Soldiers.’ The filmmakers are seen here participating in the 2022 Middle East Now Festival in Florence, Italy as a part of the “Focus Yemen” program.


Mariam Al-Dhubhani is a Yemeni-Russian award-winning journalist, filmmaker, curator, and educator based in the MENA region. She first pursued her passion for media during the 2011 Arab uprisings and co-founded her first media production. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and one of the first directors to utilize virtual reality to highlight stories from Yemen. Al-Dhubhani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Strategic Communication from Northwestern University, 2019, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum and Gallery Practice from University College London, 2020. In addition to grossing several awards for her films, she was awarded Most Promising Filmmaker at the Toronto Arab Film festival in 2019 for her film, In The Middle. Through her work, Mariam attempts to shed light on the dangers of stereotyping the region in the mainstream media and provides a counterviewpoint to showcase equality in humanity. Her feature debut, Let’s Play Soldiers, is a part of the Close Up Initiative. Al-Dhubhani has provided mentorship and training to support young filmmakers in conflict areas, including Yemen and Libya. She also served as a jury member for film grants and festivals in the US, Canada, and Yemen. Additionally, she collaborated with several UN agencies to produce and train young journalists on immersive reality in storytelling. Currently, she serves as a consultant on a Hollywood production film about Yemen.
Mohammed Al-Jaberi is a Yemeni producer and cinematographer who worked on award-winning short documentary films focusing on Yemen. His feature length debut is a film showing the impact of the war in Yemen on children, produced in collaboration with DFI and AlJazeera. He received specialized training from international film experts including the French Cambodian director, Rithy Phan and the Sundance consultant Bruni Burres. He participated in a number of international film industry events including in Beirut DC, HotDocs, Doha Film Institute, AJB DOC, Close up Initiative, MEDIMED, Jacob Burns Film Center, IDFA and Cairo International Film Festival. He holds two degrees in international relations and development.


~ Filmmakers’ work-in-progress Q&A at Silver Sun ~

November 2022



Mariam Al-Duhubhani, YEMEN & Producer: Mohammed Al-Jaberi, YEMEN 

The film tells the story of a 16-year-old child soldier, Nasser, who returns home to seek his place in the community in Yemen, but the only available jobs are manual labor; none offer a good income or a future. Once home, Nasser realizes that he must protect his two younger brothers from following the same myth of becoming a soldier to make a man. 

‘Let’s Play Soldiers’ has been selected to participate in the 2022 Hot Docs Forum at the 2022 Festival, where 20 Forum projects representing 19 different countries and 26 filmmakers, 14 of whom are women and 15 of whom are BIPOC, will pitch to international decision makers. The work-in-progress doc will be featured at the Cannes Docs 2023 festival, and has been selected to pitch and present at the prestigious MEDIMED: The Euro-Mediterranean Documentary Market & Pitching Forum.

Silver Sun in partnership with

WFUV 90.7 fm Public Radio


In September, Silver Sun welcomed the two winners of WFUV’s songwriting contest to create a new theme song for their local music feature, New York Slice Recording artists WOMEN’S NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE and SEA GLASS were each awarded 2 weeks at the Silver Sun Residence, along with an FUV Live session broadcast with on-air talent Alisa Ali. @AirwavesAli


The Women’s National Hockey League

The Women’s National Hockey League is a New York City based “post mom rock” band. 

Making music at the Silver Sun Residence ~ September 2022

Listen Here to their residency work!




Blending classic songwriting and modern indie production, Sea Glass is the project of Brooklyn-based producer Jake Muskat. Inspired to release music after the birth of his first child, Sea Glass’s music taps into universal emotions around growing up and dreaming.

Sea Glass has been praised by the likes of Indie Shuffle, WFUV, Record of the Day, Variance Magazine and The Wild Honey Pie.

Jake finding inspiration at his Silver Sun Residence ‘studio’.

Artists-in-Residence ~ Summer 2022

Silver Sun in partnership with

Maverick Concerts 


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 ~ Paul Winter ~

Special Guest with NEXUS 50th Birthday Bash


Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth. The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife.



Acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun as “one of the biggest pianistic talents to have emerged in this country in the last 25 years” pianist Terrence Wilson has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Washington, DC (National Symphony), San Francisco, St. Louis, and with the orchestras of Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


 ~ KASA Quartet ~

First Prize winner of the 2017 Coltman Chamber Music Competition, the Kasa Quartet was founded in the summer of 2016 by Andy Liang, Aaron Schwartz, Stephanie Price-Wong and Kyle Price. KASA utilizes its fluency in multiple styles to curate fresh, innovative, genre-defying performances that harken the classical standard repertoire and fuse it with favorites of the jazz, musical theater, folk and pop standards. The quartet takes pride in creating and interpreting original arrangements and transcriptions of works by Jacob Collier, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin among others.

~ The Secret City at Silver Sun  ~

The Secret City is a community of artists, creative types, and conscious people who seek a deeper engagement with the world.





Adam Ashraf Elsayigh is an Egyptian writer, theater maker, and dramaturg who writes and develops plays that interrogate the intersections of queerness, immigration, and colonialism. Adam’s plays (including Drowning in Cairo, Revelation, Memorial, and Jamestown/ Williamsburg) have been developed and seen at New York Theater Workshop, The Lark, The Tisch School of the Arts, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Golden Thread Productions. Adam holds a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi and is an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.


Blake Pfeil is a multidisciplinary musician, writer, and performance artist. His original theatrical work has been featured in notable stints at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Highline Ballroom, Icaro Teatro (Mexico), Gyeonggi English Village (South Korea), Concordia College, and the National YoungArts Foundation, among others. As an actor, Blake’s notable credits include the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Huntington Theatre Co., New Repertory Theatre, Company One, among others. He is the creator of the Joni Mitchell-inspired THE BBC, 1970 (originally commissioned by 54 Below), his debut album Wallpaper is available wherever you can find it, and he is one of the cofounders of NYC-based folk-fusion band Macabre Americana. Blake hosts “The Pfeil File” on Radio Kingston/WKNY (107.9 FM/1490 AM in the Hudson Valley) and currently serves as Operations & Programs Manager at Hudson Valley-based nonprofit storytelling organization TMI Project. His current project is All-American Ruins, a multimedia travelogue in which he recounts his experiences exploring abandoned spaces across the United States and transforms them into fantastical essays of prose and poetry, audio storytelling, and documentary film. MA, Purchase College; BFA, Emerson College. Blake was recently accepted to the prestigious Audio Podcast Fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook.


Kiebpoli Calnek (they/them), a non-binary queer Black creative, born and raised in New York City/ Lenapehoking, has generated nuanced performances and artistic direction seeped in poetic elements for over two decades.

Their social enterprise, Black*Acrobat, produces interdisciplinary programming sharing stories of, for, and with fringe communities, celebrating authentic visions and a spectrum of viewpoints through research, access, and collaboration. 

Guest contributor: “How It Feels… To Be An Aerial Acrobat.”  Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. Commission: Divine Vertical Liberation – Black Bodies and the Healing Power of Aerial Rope Dance. IMAGINING: A Gibney Journal, issue 3. Current: Queer & Trans Love Stories (QTLS), Black Trans Stories Matter – TMI Project.

Kiebpoli’s works received generous funding and support from Elizabeth Streb, Astraea Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, The Secret City, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. Member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.


Laural Meade works as a theater artist, musician and educator in her native Los Angeles. Her current writing and performing focuses on the life of jazz singer Sophie Tucker. As a faculty member at Occidental College, she teaches playwriting, dramatic literature, and the art of acting a song. While in residence at the Silver Sun Foundation, she’s developing a work-in-progress performance of her original cabaret piece Ms. Tucker Will See You Now, in collaboration with The Secret City, a non-profit arts collective that builds community around creativity.

Artists-in-Residence ~ Spring 2022


~Creative Culture Alumni Filmmakers ~


June 2022  ~ Community Engagement Screening and Discussion

at Silver Sun Residence



In partnership with Sean Weiner, Direct


A wonderful picture of Aisha Amin

Aisha Amin is a NYC-raised and Kenyan-born filmmaker. As a director, she works across experimental, narrative and documentary forms to tell authentic stories built from real experiences. Her past film projects have explored and highlighted overlooked communities particularly in New York City, including formerly incarcerated mothers and communities struggling with the presence of gentrification in their neighborhoods. She was a recipient of the 2019-2020 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center where she directed two short documentaries. She is also a recipient of The Shed’s Open Call Fellowship. Her short film ‘Friday’ is a Vimeo Staff Pick and was picked up for distribution by The Bureau of Creative Works. Her latest film ‘Choir’ played at BAMCinemaFest 2021.  Aisha is also a freelance film critic and writer. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, sister-hood-magazine, and Operation Condor. Aisha completed her MFA in Directing and Writing at Columbia University in Fall 2021.

A wonderful picture of Mariales Diaz

Mariales Diaz is a Dominican born and Brooklyn raised filmmaker. They are a graduate of SUNY Purchase’s Film Conservatory, a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow and the JBFC Fall 2019 Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow. Their work exists between narrative and documentary, exploring human relationships and generational traumas, deeply focusing on LGBTQ+ stories, specifically those of trans and gender non-conforming peoples.

A wonderful picture of Casey Friedman

Casey Friedman is an artist, filmmaker, director, editor, and animator based in Brooklyn, NY. He was a 2021 Short To Feature Fellow, the 2019 Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at The Jacob Burns Film Center, and a 2015 graduate of Brown University with a BA in Sociology. 

He has worked at Cinereach, Ghetto Film School, DCTV, and Meteor Films. While at the Burns, he directed an animated film inspired by humanity’s troubled relationship with nature.

A wonderful picture of Lauren Minnerath

Lauren Minnerath is a writer and director of films and television. As a writer she has appeared on the Young & Hungry List, placed second on the the 2018 Hit List and is a two-time Nicholl semi-finalist, placing among the top 10 highest scoring women from the 2019 competition. She has been supported by The Gotham Film & Media Institute, SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Jacob Burns Creative Culture Fellowship. She is also a member of the WGA East’s inaugural Showrunner Academy Program, which launched late last year.

She is currently developing multiple projects including a television series at Amazon Studios and her feature directorial debut, CLARE, produced by Josephson Entertainment.

A wonderful picture of Cameron Morton

Cameron Morton is New York City based, originally from Atlanta, GA. She is an alum of the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium and a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. She was a Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Fellow from 2019 to 2021. Her short film, AUGUST, premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and is currently available on NoBudge. Her short film, Whalebone, premiered at the Maryland Film Festival. Motherhood, addiction and isolation are recurring themes in her work.

She is currently in post-production on her most recent short film, Soft Landings. The film is being supported by the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Puffin Foundation, and the NYC Women’s Fund for Media.


Silver Sun in partnership with Skylight


A human rights media organization and its leadership team from Colombia, Guatemala, México and the U.S.

SolidariLabs, a program of Skylight, is designed to open a creative space where accomplished filmmakers, artists and storytellers, come together with movement leaders and human rights activists, forming networks that shift cultural perceptions through new and impactful narratives for social change. Since its inception in 2016,  SolidariLabs convenings have taken place in Guatemala, Colombia, and Mexico.

One of the projects that came out of SolidariLabs is VIVX,  a mutual support network of human rights defenders and filmmakers that creates artistic tools to strengthen protection for those at risk on the frontlines of defending human and environmental rights in Latin America. The invitation-only network is in beta testing phase and public campaigns are planned to launch later this year to introduce the VIVX network to the world.

The Silver Sun Foundation Residency provides the SolidariLabs leadership team a safe and peaceful environment, free from the threat of physical violence that rights defenders face daily in Latin America, in which to connect more deeply with one another and the initiative they are designing, as well as to enjoy respite and space to build resilience for life and work ahead. 



Pamela Yates is the Creative Director and Paco de Onis is the Executive Director of Skylight, a human rights media not-for-profit that combines cinematic arts with the quest for justice to inspire the defense of human rights. Their most recent film 500 YEARS had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, launched theatrically, was broadcast on PBS and was chosen to stream world-wide as part of the Amazon Festival Stars program. At Skylight, Pamela and Paco share their model of catalyzing collaborative networks of artists and activists through the SolidariLabs program. Their current documentary film in production is BORDERLAND.

Artists-in-Residence ~ Winter 2022

Emir West with Dial Winfield


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


Emir West is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York who uses text, sound, sculpture, and the moving image to draw out the interdependencies of the aural and the visual. Contorting sensory evidence and language of the built environment, they investigate the principles of context, authorship, and narrative that shape it.

Dial Winfield is an artist from Jersey City, NJ currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work in sound attempts to emphasize the changeable nature of musical instruments through extended technique and exploration. Dial draws a line connecting possible sonic expressions back to the instrument via the body, betraying the intended use of instrument parts. She adds amplification to brass instruments that themselves amplify the micro-movements of the mouth and cavities within the body, approaching near-trance consciousness in performance and practice to project herself outside of a body. The body extends into the sound, within melodic and rhythmic incantations that imply a trajectory not influenced by parts, pieces, or internal chemistry.




Cellist, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Creator


Leah Coloff is described by The New York Times as “a combination of artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness.” Raised in the Pacific Northwest, her classical roots collide with 70’s rock and a pioneer spirit creating her self-identified style, CLUNK (Classical + Punk) with songs and works that are honest, sensual, funny, brutal, pissed-off, beautiful and chilly sweet. 

 Leah is currently on an artist residency at the Silver Sun Foundation in Woodstock, developing a new piece of multimedia music theater.

Leah’s multimedia autobiographical song cycle, ThisTree, premiered in the 2019 Prototype Festival.  In addition to her personal creations, Leah is a professional cellist most recently performing as a member of the 7 piece onstage band in Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! from its run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to the Tony Award winning production of Oklahoma! Broadway. In the classical realm, Leah’s focus is working with contemporary living composers including Philip Glass, Ted Hearne, Joel Thome, Sean Friar and Michael Gordon.

Leah is a regular performer and band member for the Obie Award winning the Secret City and cellist for the Scorchio String Quartet, featured in the award winning documentary, Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome

She has performed and recorded with numerous musical artists including  Trey Anastasio, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Michael Cerveris, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Damon Albarn,  Ziggy Marley, Linda Thompson, Dean & Britta, Angelique Kidjo, Nancy Sinatra and Mark Mulcahy among others.

Read more about Leah’s work HERE.

Artist-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2021

Silver Sun & WFUV 90.7 fm Public Radio


In September, Silver Sun welcomed the two winners of WFUV’s songwriting contest to create a new theme song for their local music feature, New York Slice.  Recording artists Sidney Riley and Renée Orshan were each awarded 2 weeks at the Silver Sun Residence, along with an FUV Live session with Alisa Ali to be broadcast this fall. @AirwavesAli


Singer/songwriter Sidney Riley

Sidney Riley with Producer Rob Harkness at Silver Sun

Sidney Riley is a songwriter and singer originally from Washington, D.C. He has been involved with music since childhood. At age 9, he learned to play the piano and discovered his passion for singing as a cast member of “Children’s Choice,” a popular children’s British television show, filmed in the Middle East. Later, he started an a cappella group and began writing original music and had the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. His passion for music and songwriting continues today.
After recovering from a life-threatening disease, Sidney moved to New York City for college, and graduated from Fordham University. Sidney credits his recovery in part to the role music played in his life by keeping him motivated through that difficult time and giving him a sense of purpose. He is currently involved in several projects for himself, as well as other artists from various genres, and he is always looking to collaborate with new talented singers, songwriters, and other artists.
Watch Sidney’s lastest video for “Exposure” here.

Musician & Artist Rén with the Mane


Brooklyn based artist Rén with the Mane is back with new track ‘On My Own’. Receiving plaudits from Nylon Magazine, Paste, Line of Best Fit, Kitsune, and more, Rén is no stranger to the blogosphere. Grooving tracks like Changes, ‘Into the Unknown’, Already Gone and Fool For You have been featured on numerous Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, Indie Pop, A Shot of Indie, and also TV shows including MTV’s Teen Mom, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.

In addition to being a prolific songwriter and artist, Rén is an intoxicating performer and has become somewhat of a figure around the streets of New York this past year. In a time the city was yearning for connection, she found herself singing with a brass band throughout Manhattan to offer her fellow New Yorkers a sense of camaraderie and joy. She also works as a Hair/Makeup Artist and Stylist, primarily working with other musicians such as Regina Spektor, AJR Brothers, and St Lucia to help bring out their best side.

Ren with siblings & bandmates Eden and Reuben at Silver Sun

Watch Ren’s video for “On My Own” here

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2021

Maverick Concerts at the Silver Sun Residence



Music Director Alexander Platt

August ~ 2021

Maverick Concerts’ Music Director Alexander Platt celebrated his 20th Anniversary at Maverick Concerts in 2021. His innovative programming reflects his commitment to the highest level of artistic excellence and his role as an advocate for the music of our time. He reintroduced chamber orchestra concerts to Maverick and created a chamber orchestra version of Del Tredici’s Final Alice.

Alexander Platt has built a unique career spanning the worlds of symphony, chamber music and opera. He is presently Music Director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director for Music at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT. Previously, he also spent twelve seasons as Resident Coordinator and Music Advisor at Chicago Opera Theater, where he led the Chicago premieres of such landmark 20th Century operas as Britten’s Death in Venice, John Adams’ Nixon in China, and the world-premiere recording of Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik – all to high acclaim.

A graduate of Yale College, King’s College Cambridge (where he was a British Marshall Scholar) and conducting fellowships at both Aspen and Tanglewood, he started his career as the apprentice conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera. He has guest conducted the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Freiburg Philharmonic in Germany, the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, Camerata Chicago, the Banff Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Houston, Charlotte, Columbus and Indianapolis Symphonies. He has recorded for NPR and the BBC. His Cedille Records disc with Rachel Barton Pine of Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy is often heard on radio stations throughout the world.



Pianist Daniel Gortler joins us at Silver Sun Residence

for Maverick Concerts’ program


Surviving: The Triumph of Creative Expression

in concert with the Catalyst Quartet

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler has delighted audiences and critics alike with his memorable performances around the world, receiving great praise for both his technical mastery and his musical ingenuity. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world including the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the Houston, New World, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Other highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recital at Wigmore Hall in London, and tours around the world.



JULY ~ 2021



Participating Artists:

Alison Cimmet, is an actress and a writer. She’s writing a collection of personal essays about otherness, art making, mental illness and family legacy.

Erik Patterson is an LA based playwright and screenwriter. He’s writing a romantic comedy screenplay about how he pulled off a surprise wedding for his best friend. And by surprise wedding, he means: all 120 guests knew about the wedding but the bride and groom did not.
Evie Star is a trans non binary, queer performance artist who makes photography, illustration, drawings, installation, experimental music and more. They live in the ArtLife Institute in Kingson. Evie will be working with their partner, Jaguar Mary X on a new performance piece.
Jaguar Mary X–performance artist, activist, DJ, radio host. Jaguar Mary lives in the ArtLife Institute in Kingston, where they curate, create work and host work by others. Jaguar Mary X will be working on a new performance art piece with their partner, Evie Star
Jill Rothstein, is a librarian and a writer. Jill’s working on a collection of essays exploring the body and her body, specifically. Issues of gender, sexuality, body image, fat and acceptance are explored.
Larry Kunofsky is a NYC-based playwright turned memoirist. His memoir-in-progress is I’m Not Mamet—A Self-Deprecation, in which the author compares and contrasts his life and work to that of David Mamet. A memoir, yes, but also a book about Larry’s not-always-healthy obsession with Mamet once he started to publicly express political views diametrically opposed to his own.
Laural Meade is a playwright and performer, and the choir director for The Secret City. Laural is working on a performance piece/song cycle about Sophie Tucker.

Raghubir Kaur Khalsa is a visual artist, teacher and Kundalini yoga practitioner who’s working on a new book about yoga and creativity.

Pamela Dunlap is a celebrated actress who is currently working on a memory chronicle … a series of prose poems or shot stories, that may or may not become a performance piece.

Filmmaker César Martínez Barba


In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

César Martínez Barba is a San Antonio, TX born filmmaker and editor living in NYC. He is a graduate of Occidental College with an Honors B.A. in Media Arts and Culture. César has been selected as a Sundance Institute 2020 Art of Editing Fellow, the Fall 2018 Social Justice Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a 2018 NeXt Doc Fellow, and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. His editorial work has appeared at festivals such as HotDocs, Mountainfilm, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His client work has been the recipient of a 2020 Shorty Social Good Award. His film ¡Chaporazzi! was broadcast on Season 2 of POV Shorts.


Filmmaker Brit Fryer


In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

BRIT FRYER is a queer and trans director and producer. He has produced a variety of narrative and nonfiction projects, most recently the Tribeca Film Institute-supported documentary, BUG FARM, which will premiere on PBS this June. His work has been shown at festivals including Indie Grits, NewFest, Outfest, Inside Out, MIX NYC, and Blackstar Film Festival. Brit is an alum of Sundance Ignite Fellowship, the Creative Culture Fellowship, and sits in the Jonathan Demme Changemaker Board Member Seat at the Jacob Burns Film Center. He currently supports established and emerging writers in his role at the Writers Guild of America, East.


Filmmaker Lydia Cornett


In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an alum of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and the Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Fellowship, and she is a two-time recipient of the NYC Women’s Fund. Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals including BAMCinemaFest, Sheffield DocFest, AFI Docs, AspenShortsFest, and DOC NYC. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, PBS Reel South, Nowness, and Vimeo Staff Picks.

Spring 2021 Residencies

Filmmaker Crystal Kayiza

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021


In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Crystal Kayiza was raised in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. As a director, her work reimagines the aesthetics used to tell stories about Black folks across generations and landscapes. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Jacob Burns Film Center Woman Filmmaker Fellowship, Points North Institute North Star Fellowship and Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellowship. Her film, Edgecombe, was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution by PBS.
Her most recent film, See You Next Time, was an official selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released by the New Yorker. 
Her short narrative film, Rest Stop, was the winner of the 2020 Tribeca CHANEL Through Her Lens program grant. Crystal received a Heartland Emmy Award in 2012 for her film All That Remains, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation’s last all-black towns. She is currently in pre-production on her first non-fiction feature film, which recently received the 2021 Creative Capital Award.


Filmmaker Jalena Keane-Lee

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021


In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

Jalena Keane-Lee is a filmmaker who explores intergenerational trauma and healing through an intersectional lens. Jalena’s work subverts traditional narratives about the female, Asian American Pacific Islander experience. Sheʻs currently directing her first feature length film, Standing Above the Clouds which follows Native Hawaiian mother daughter activists. Her short film by the same name screened at over 30 film festivals, won best short documentary at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and Special Jury Mention from the Center for Asian American Media, and is playing on the Criterion Collection.
Jalena co-founded Breaktide Productions, an all women of color production company that has won two Cannes Lion awards for branded content. She’s produced commercial series for Nike and Facebook, and won Tribeca Through Her Lens 2020. Her work has been supported by AAJA, NeXt Doc, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pacific Islanders in Communication, Nia Tero, CNN Films, and Points North Institute.




Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021


In partnership with Close Up ~ A cinematic initiative for

non-fiction filmmakers.


For over 25 years, Burres has been a passionate leader, media educator and producer at the intersection of arts, culture and human rights & social justice. She is a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, and a founding partner and tutor for Close-Up, an international co-production initiative for emerging Middle East and North African filmmakers. Burres is an advisor with Doc Society’s Good Pitch, and from 1991 to 2008 was the director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which she also cofounded. Bruni is the co-writer and associate producer of Beyond My Grandfather Allende, which won best documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and cowriter and producer of Whose Country? by Mohamed Siam, which had its USA premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival.


Winter 2021 Residencies




Artist-in-Residence ~ Winter 2021

David Pulkingham is an internationally renowned guitarist, recording artist and performer, known for his abilities in numerous styles, including classical, Flamenco, Brazilian, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.

From 2002 until 2012 David toured internationally with the famed Texas troubadour Alejandro Escovedo, and served as his orchestra’s music director. He has performed on many international stages such as Carnegie Hall, and has performed with icons including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Robert Plant and Patty Griffin.

In 2011 he released a solo instrumental album entitled “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar.” In 2012 he released a 5 song EP of originals called “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar and Sings” and in 2014 he released a third volume of “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar”, and will soon release a full album of originals. David currently tours with Patty Griffin and plays internationally under his own name.


Paul Sturtz & Polina Malikin

Artists-in-Residence ~ Winter 2021


In partnership with Upstate Films, a non-profit, member-supported arts organization presenting the best in world & independent cinema in the Hudson Valley since 1972.

Paul Sturtz is the new co-director of Upstate Films in Rhinebeck with Jason Silverman. He co-founded the Ragtag Film Society in Columbia, Missouri in 1997 with David Wilson, and between 2000-2017 worked as the head programmer at Ragtag Cinema. In 2004 they co-founded the True/False Film Fest, a nonfiction festival, with Paul then serving a 16-year run as co-director. Paul served on Columbia City Council between 2008-2011, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2017 for his contributions as a social entrepreneur and his positive impact on local and regional culture. His short documentary Dear Valued Guests premiered in 2013 and played at a dozen festivals around the world. Paul was selected in the inaugural “Indiewire Influencers” list, described as “visionaries changing the course of film.”
Polina is an artist, writer, teacher, and community organizer whose varied projects are motivated by a vision of regenerative ecology, peace, and transformative justice. She has traveled nationally and internationally to work as a filmmaker, humanitarian aid worker, and teacher. Before moving back to New York, Polina founded and ran a forest school in Columbia, Missouri; created a community art space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and was a member of a feminist art collective and started a community garden in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also taught art and film at Brown University, University of Wisconsin, and Stephens College. She helped start the Citizen Jane Film Festival and directed the Education program at the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema.

Autumn 2020 Residencies


Musician Helen Ballentine & Producer Noah Weinman


Artists-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2020

Ballentine has been playing music for most of her life — piano from age five, guitar since high school — but her songwriting didn’t emerge until later. After moving from her home in upstate New York to Los Angeles to study studio art in college, Ballentine was working full-time at a Los Angeles gallery, poised to continue onto the trajectory of visual art she had been on since she was a teenager. Instead, it didn’t feel right, and she quit. Suddenly faced with a peculiar freedom, Ballentine decided, somehow both confidently and tentatively, to seriously pursue music for the first time. While nannying on the side to make ends meet, she wrote “Places/Plans,” her first song for Skullcrusher, a little over a year ago.

Despite her extensive background in visual arts, Ballentine suddenly found songwriting to be the best avenue for her artistic visions, an easy way for her to organically discover what it is she was trying to say. ‘Skullcrusher is, by all accounts, an exploration of the ways you become yourself when you aren’t looking – and how that feels once you start paying attention.’




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. 

Summer 2020 Residencies


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.

Spring 2020 Residencies

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:

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 2020 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