ATTACK WARNING

Running time, 2:48 | Brooklyn, NY | 2014

The inspiration for creating this film was drawn from my experiences photographing the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as a direct response to a court case that was taking place at the time involving a female protester who was charged with assaulting a police male officer. Her claim: self defence. She testified in court that while attempting to clear an area of protesters, the male police officer lifted her from behind and in doing so grabbed her right breast. As a knee-jerk reaction, she inadvertently elbowed him in the eye. I began to think about how intimate protest situations are, the expectations and roles played by both protesters and police, the hierarchy of power, and the fine line between violence and sex and pleasure and pain. When creating this piece I worked with footage from my archives and appropriated imagery from the internet.

Screenings
2014 | Slidefest | International Center of Photography | New York, NY
2015 | EXTRA TASTY | International Center of Photography, LIC Studios | New York, NY
2015 | OPEN SHOW NYC | Videology | Brooklyn, NY
2016 | MAMA LOVEY'S FILM SALON | The Cellar @ Finborough Arms | London, UK
2018 | IV Festival de Video nodoCCS | Caracas, Venezuela


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LOVE YOU MADLY

Running time approx 22:00 | Brooklyn, NY | Currently in Production

Love you Madly is an animated, experimental documentary film shaped by the encounters and conversations with Mr. Steve Cannon – a playwright, mentor, poet, and retired professor – who has been a fixture in the Lower East Side art scene since the 1960s.

Director, Cinematographer + Editor - Tracie Williams
Composer - Bob Pouding
Producer - Carly Anne Kenneally
Director of Animation - Jon Appel
Creative Consultant - Angel Urrutia

Screenings
2016 | UnionDocs Preview in the Park: Just to Get By | Farm on Kent | Brooklyn, NY


HAVE NO FEAR

Running time 18:00 | Brooklyn, NY | 2016

In response to the senseless murders perpetrated by police of unarmed black and brown women, men and children, the Ase Dance Theatre Collective, led by founder and choreographer Adia Whitaker, prepare a performance as a form of both healing and resistance—empowering their community and passing lessons of strength to their youth.

Co-directors - Beata Calinska + Sarah Jacobson in collaboration with Adia Whitaker
Director of Photography - Tracie Williams

Screenings
2016 | UnionDocs Preview in the Park: Just to Get By | Farm on Kent | Brooklyn, NY
2017 | International Documentary Film Festival Visions du Reel | Nyon, Switzerland - World Premiere
2017 | BAMcinemaFest Independent Film Festival | Brooklyn, NY - US Premiere
2017 | BAMcinematek Movies with the View | Brooklyn, NY
2017 | International Film Festival Cine Migrante | Buenos Aires, Argentine - Argentine Premiere
2017 | NYU Shanghai | Shanghai, China
2018 | Polish Seattle Film Festival | Seattle, WA
2018 | Polish Film Festival LA | Los Angeles, CA
2018 | Kurzfilmtage Recommendations Program at International Kurzfilmtage | Winterthur, Switzerland
2018 | NewFilmmakers Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA
2018 | New York Polish Film Festival | New York, NY
2018 | New York City Independent Film Festival | New York, NY
2018 | The Best of UnionDocs Spring Celebration | Brooklyn, NY
2018 | 7 Dudley Cinema Program | Beyond Baroque Arts Center | Venice, CA
2018 | Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) | Paphos, Cyprus
2018 | New York African Diaspora International Film Festival | Columbia University | New York City, NY

Awards
2018 | Best Documentary Film | Talca International Film Festival | Talca, Chile
2018 | Jury Special Distinction | New York Polish Film Festival | New York, NY
2018 | Best Direction in a Short Documentary | CYIFF | Paphos, Cyprus