MEET OUR 2019 LINEUP.
ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name Madame Gandhi, is an electronic music artist and activist based in Los Angeles. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani and as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.
Jarina De Marco and her sound embody the multi-ethnic future. Her work defiantly transcends categories and borders. She is a creative visionary who sings in four languages and spearheads all aspects of her project: songwriting, production, visual design and video direction. She’s supported by a creative and politically left leaning community of like-minded globalistas, Jarina is out to make a difference through her art and music. Jarina's first single "Tigre" was released as part of the Broad City (Comedy Central) soundtrack, and is one of many songs of hers featured on the show. Pitchfork and FADER were among her early supporters as well as Mark Ronson and Major Lazer who have collaborated with her as a vocalist for their projects. Following the success of “Tigre”, she released "Release The Hounds" in support for the people of Standing Rock’s movement to protect their land against the Dakota pipeline. Rosario Dawson, Chris Rock, Laura Gomez, and others joined in the cause to create this moving visual piece. Jarina’s childhood and family inform her genre-defying sound and politics. She was born in the Dominican Republic and spent her early years traveling in remote parts of the Amazonian rainforest and Dominican countryside, cataloguing indigenous sounds and rhythms with her parents, both renowned musicologists and musicians. As part of the resistance against the brutal dictatorship of Joaquín Balaguer, her parents performed a protest song in front of a large public gathering and had to immediately flee the country and were forced into exile where they relocated to Montreal until it was safe to return home. As an outspoken advocate of women's rights and human equality, Jarina's music is a unique blend of global consciousness and global rhythms. She simultaneously supports the message of resistance, while creating a colorful sound entirely her own.
Calliope Musicals is a cheerful psychedelic party folk band from Austin TX. Their high-energy live performance focuses on involving the crowd. A squad of musicians fill in their folksy roots with a mix of vibraphone, tribal drums, bass, lead guitar and explosive vocals. The band exudes feel-good vibes that aim to swallow listeners and spit them out as happier versions of their former selves.
Memphis born, Dallas raised artist ZYAH is a singer, songwriter, and classically trained pianist. She started playing piano at the age of 4 and by the age of 13 she had already begun singing and touring with competitive all-city choirs and bands. She continued to fuel her passion for music by establishing herself as a beloved cover-act at the University of North Texas. She garnered a great word-of mouth buzz and began booking her own gigs at college showcases and local bars. Determined to not be pigeonholed as a cover-act, ZYAH took time write and develop her own original music. She began fusing jazz chords with clever word play and angelic sultry vocals to craft her own unique style. After college, she brought her talents to Dallas and began booking more shows to test out her new material. ZYAH has played some of the most prominent venues in DFW including Trees, The Palladium, Prophet Bar and Club Dada. After a few years of testing the waters, ZYAH is finally ready to take her full plunge into the music scene and solidify herself as an established musical force to be revered with her debut EP set to release 2017
fvck is a project archived on bandcamp. It's meant to be an "audio journal" of performer Shirley Zhu’s life. Stripped down and acoustic,a keyboard, and sometimes a violin or drum pad.
Nia KB [they/them] is a Black queer nonbinary poet, editor, and educator currently based in Austin, TX. They’ve received fellowships from Texas Christian University, Lambda Literary, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, Winter Tangerine, The Speakeasy Project, and UTSA’s African American Literatures and Cultures Institute. Their poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Matador Review, Sappho's Torque, Vagabond City Lit, Rising Phoenix Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Foglifter Press, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. When they’re not blessing stages or writing pages, they serve as a Teaching Artist for Creative Action and the Austin Library Foundation, Curator/Host of the open mic/reading series Austin Interfaces, Assistant Editor for Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Associate Poetry Editor for fields Magazine, and proud member of Lenguas Loc@s Writers Collective. If you got this far, follow them on the interwebs [at] nia_kb, and click here to view their CV.
Jess Garland is a Dallas based singer/songwriter, recording and performing artist. She is a multi-instrumentalist, using a combination of harp and guitar loops evoking elements of ambient folk and celestial tones. Jess most recently received a grant from The Nasher Sculpture Center to record her single "Live Again" and create a music video on Fair Park grounds. The setting for the music video will be at the Women's Building focusing on The Spirt of Centennial sculpture. Jess most recently performed in Austin on July 5th for New Media Art and Sound Summit sponsored by Church of The Friendly Ghost. Jess received a grant from the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs for her performance "Take Me Oya" in April 2019 for Dallas Arts Month at South Dallas Cultural Center. Jess also received a grant for Aurora’s 2018 Future Worlds theme for her performance "Resurrecting Gaia" in October 2018 at Kettle Art Gallery. "Resurrecting Gaia" was featured in New York’s Vulture Magazine and also listed as a top pick of events to see by KERA’s Art and Seek and D Magazine. In July 2018, Jess opened for The Academy member, Gingger Shankar for Fortress Fest Presents Modern Music Series at The Modern Museum of Ft. Worth. Jess is also an educator and has a non-profit free music education program, Swan Strings that has been recently featured in Advocate Magazine and D Magazine.
Sunbuzzed, the self-described psychedelic brujas, hail from Denton, TX with each member individually coming from all over the state. The coven of four started playing music together in late 2015 and has since casted audience members into a spooky, intense and mindbending spell. Drawing from their shared latinx culture Sunbuzzed aims to channel brujeria and magic into their music. Honoring the ones who came before while still carving out a new path unique to themselves. Heavy guitar, driving drum beats, haunting vocals, and cathedral-like organ paint the sound that is Sunbuzzed.
The music of Little Mazarn is a cool float a few feet from the ground through a dimly lit, almost familiar forest. It is quieter than silence, big as everything, still but always moving. If you’ve ever had flying dreams, or an amazing night time bike ride on LSD, this might be a world for you. Chords are made up of notes; Little Mazarn gives them all their own moment. There are NO superfluous notes played here.
Lindsey’s kind and twisting voice ambles along over the spare sounds of Jeff Johnston’s saw bowing, Ralph White’s electric mbira wanderings, and her own slow banjo. Like DJ Screw, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, and anyone who chooses to walk instead of ride, Lindsey realizes the amazing power of slow… slow… slow music. Lindsey is at once a baby and a wise old man. Get in this canoe at dawn on some Texas river that remembers when Comanche slept under the stars.
Clee's brazen, electro fueled music embraces elements of pop, hip hop, and r&b and is matched by colorful visual style expressed in fashion and more. The San Antonio songwriter released her latest EP, OverKILL, in 2017 and has been on the glow up since. She gets her influence from 90s female rappers but fuses it with a futuristic version of the same confidence and mold breaking initiatives from those before her. She hopes to instill confidence in women and make them feel like they have the power to do anything they want despite what society expects. Currently she is working on her 2nd EP set to be released late 2019.
Heavily influenced by the soul, funk & jazz scenes of Chicago’s south side, DJ Shani has always been enveloped by music. Throughout her childhood, her family taught her the roots of her sound (Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Soul), while the radio (Energy 88.7fm, B96, WGCI) taught her the future of her sound. After a few years in the rave scene, first as a patron then as a promoter, she noticed that the energy was inviting, but it was missing something. While she was a junior at Loyola University - Chicago, she set in motion what would be her biggest contribution to the House music scene to date.
In May of 1998, DJ Shani created & produced a Deep House radio show coined “The Groove Temple®” on WLUW-88.7FM that filled a void for the most prominent, yet canceled house music radio station, WBMX. She has a humble, personal & realistic outlook about the DJ craft, “For me, it was & still is about sharing music, providing a music experience to people & giving exposure to DJs who aren’t given the chance to play out. I come from musicians – both grandfathers played music in the same band. My grandmother played piano, my uncle plays guitar and my immediate family still plays music for a living.”
Her father, was an avid record collector, her stepfather, guitarist Abdul Hakeem of the world music Chicago-based group Funkadesi, toured with Rita Marley when she was in high school. Her brother, who goes by the moniker KrushLove, has been making music longer than she’s been a DJ. Her mother is the only one that doesn’t make music, but she more than makes up for it by being a playwright. When people say they’ve grown up with music, she relates.
Even after her graduation from Loyola in 2001, she continued to produce The Groove Temple®, was a freelance writer for various Chicago music magazines (5Magazine, L’Afrique) & worked at the famous Gramaphone Records. There, she helped promote both, by organizing the first ever record fair between Gramaphone & WLUW. In 2004 she moved to Paris & attended L'Universite de Paris - La Sorbonne. She performed at La Maroquinerie with Karl The Voice (Playing for the City) and at Sanz Senz with DJ Wamba (Les Nubians).Once returning from Paris, she kept producing & hosting The Groove Temple®, continued as a freelance music journalist & DJ’d throughout Chicago for various residencies, events & music festivals. In 2006 she worked with Jay-Cee & Glenn Underground, wrote & performed “Mon Ami, Mon Amour”.
In 2013, she was diagnosed with MS and attributes the music & DJ culture to her healing. For 17 years, DJ Shani was the Executive Producer of the Saturday night, 4 hour radio show, with hundreds of listeners worldwide. The Groove Temple® has hosted an impressive roster of guest DJs & interviews like Derrick Carter, DJ Touch (France), Osunlade, DJ Légo, Alix Alvarez, Sean Haley, Oscar McMillan, Lady D, DJ Frique, Bucie, Andre Harris, Phil Asher, Leonard Part VI, Black Coffee, DJ Heather & Ron Trent just to name a few. In October of 2017 she relaunched The Groove Temple® and partnered with Soundwave Radio and 92.3 fm in London, England. The Groove Temple is now back to basics with the same vibe and energy that it once had almost two decades ago. In 2009 she moved to Austin, Texas where she currently resides.
Femme Frontera was founded in 2016 by six female filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region of El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. We advocate for the amplification of films made by women from border regions across the globe. In 2017, Femme Frontera was featured in Variety Magazine, Remezcla, and Texas Monthly magazine, among others.
The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase began as a celebration of films made by women filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region. Since then, we have expanded to include powerful short films from around the world, whose stories challenge perceptions about women, border communities, immigrants, people of color, the LBGTQ community, and other marginalized communities. For 2019, Femme Frontera will host its first annual Children’s Showcase as part of its additional programming.
Femme Frontera is Angie Reza Tures, Ilana Lapid, Iliana Sosa, Jazmin Harvey, Jennifer Lucero, and Laura Theresa Bustillos Jáquez.
B.B. Araya is a Texas-based filmmaker. After interning for director Richard Linklater, she created and directed the short film series, We Are, which was was picked up for distribution by Issa Rae Productions. Her latest short film, Yirga, had its world premiere at SXSW 2019 and she’s currently penning her feature film debut.
Jenni Kaye is a filmmaker and programmer in Austin, Texas. She's deeply passionate about facilitating accessible opportunities for indie filmmakers to create and present their work. She has over a decade of experience leading arts organizations in Florida, New York, Seattle, and Austin, including co-founding HIVE, Hyperreal Film Club, and new immersive film series Lifted Traces. Her own work spans short films and music videos to experimental visuals for musical performances.
Alison Week is a freelance filmmaker whose work has taken her across the globe from the beaches of Portugal and Hawaii to glaciers in Alaska.
Alison shoots news style video. directs and produces both narrative and documentary films. and lives in Austin, TX.
The path to greatness for a woman of color in life, as well as entertainment, isn’t always the easiest. Within the mind of Tiara “Tia” Williams her dreams aim to bring reality to both the silver screen and the male dominated entertainment industry. Born in Austin and raised in a small town right outside of the city of Houston, Tia followed in her mother’s footsteps and moved back to the weird city as an adult, for a change in pace. Tia found her creative niche while podcasting and combined her true love for writing and love for people of color to begin blogging about victims of Police brutality, and expanded her storytelling abilities with romantic short stories and screenplays. As a new filmmaker Tia’s goal is to use HER art to tell the stories that help not only entertain, but break down societal norms and highlight Black excellence.
Samantha Panger is a New York and Austin based cinematographer. Her work on short documentaries has traveled festival circuits in the US and abroad. Her work with Collective Sex on the short NAMES OF WOMEN has also been on tour around the country and in collegiate settings inspiring women and their partners to share their stories without judgement. She recently completed production on MERCY MISTRESS, a web series that explores the world of the kink community through their own stories with an emphasis on honoring marginalized voices. She is also working on a feature doc ALTERED that will explore genetic testing and how it can influence life decisions.
Having been a camera technician in New York for nearly a decade, Samantha has a range of experience in formats including short, feature, television and web content. And in styles including narrative, documentary, and commercial. Samantha uses this experience in her work to play with light, expand her skill set, and create within the budget and creative ideas of directors she works with.
Samantha was also selected as a Signal Fire Resident Artist in 2018.
Well this film is really a reflective piece into getting started as a female filmmaker of color, as well as exploring the Latina "look". My friend Tabitha and I reconnected at the last Boss Babes fest, and declared that this year we'd submit a short for the fest. This is the short that came of it, and that has a sprung up new friendships, opportunities, and overall confidence.
FemBeat is a production team that aims to connect people with candid, honest stories about self-identifying women and how they take up space. Using digital storytelling told through an intersectional lens, we strive to provide an uninterrupted platform that amplifies the voices of women and showcases the work they do in the community. Whether an artist or an organizer, an athlete or a musician, the women whose stories we tell represent what it means to be a feminist, and we are committed to providing a space for their perspectives to be seen and heard.
Tamar Price is an independent producer committed to bringing unique stories to the forefront through collaborative creation. Through her marketing and digital coordinating position at notable alt-weekly, The Austin Chronicle, she forged connections with the arts community and gained valuable event management experience. In 2017 she developed and produced the “We Are” short film series with director B.B. Araya, which landed on Issa Rae Productions’ YouTube channel. In 2019, their following project, Yirga, premiered at SXSW.
Antonette Masando is a multimedia creative based in Austin, Texas. In 2016, while attending the University of Texas at Austin, she began her media work as a music intern at radio stations KUTX 98.9 and KMFA 89.5, and later, as a promotions assistant at iHeart Media, Inc. She then went on to host and executive produce the entertainment news show Austin Underground, honored as the “Show of the Year” and “Best Social Media” by Texas Student Television in May 2018.
Today, Antonette continues to amplify Austin music culture through video production and podcasting. Her latest project, ‘Untapped’, focuses on the lives and experiences of up-and-coming artists of color across the city.
Sarah Fohl is a writer, director, producer, and international public health professional with over 13 years of experience working in development, women’s health, and multimedia production. While her professional work has largely included research and evaluation for designing and implementing projects focused on sexual and reproductive health, gender issues, and youth advocacy, her passion has always been focused around the power of visual storytelling. Originally from Tennessee, Sarah has lived in and visited some of the most inspiring cities like Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, DC, Dakar, and Ouagadougou, before moving to Austin in 2017. She is currently an independent consultant supporting multimedia projects for non-profit organizations, a freelance producer and director, and is a co-founder of The Fem House ATX, a collective for women and non-binary filmmakers.
Sarah Jones is a lady looking to experience the fullness of life. She grew up in East Aurora, NY, making videos in her backyard with friends and editing them at the kitchen table. In 2015, Sarah graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Cinema Art + Science, where she focused her studies in digital and film cinematography. Frustrated with the challenges that filmmakers face while trying to break into the industry, Sarah spent the summer of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park to rediscover herself, and along the way fell in love with the mountains. She then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton, MT, a nationally award winning creative development program for high school students interested in learning about filmmaking, graphic design, music production, computer technology, and entrepreneurship. In the fall of 2018, Sarah moved to Austin to continue her growth as a cinematographer and a filmmaker. She has kept busy shooting short films, crewing in camera department, and co-founding the Fem House ATX.
Meghan Ross is a writer, producer, and comedian from New York, now living in Austin with her dog, Dreidel. She recently directed, produced, and wrote her first short film, An Uncomfortable Woman, featuring an all-women & POC cast & crew. She's also the host of the all-women late night show, That Time of the Month, and her writing has appeared in Broadly, Reductress, The Toast, and IFC.
Deborah is a Haitian filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. Her passion for her home country of Haiti drives her to bring to light unique stories centered around the Haitian narrative and the Haitian Diaspora. Her latest short film, Le 27 Juillet, premiered at Babes Fest last year, and went on to two other festivals. She is currently working on another short film that will be filmed entirely in Austin.
Laura Bustillos Jáquez is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from the border of Mexico and the United States. As a transnational woman of color, she focuses on telling stories about immigration and social reconstruction movements within the U.S.-Mexico border, Africa, the Caribbean, and the world. Laura graduated with a BA in Visual Journalism and a special recognition from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. She then obtained a David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University in 2015. She is currently based in New York City and Ciudad Juarez-El Paso (U.S.-Mexico Border).
Sandra Paola López Ramírez (BFA, EdM) is a latinoamericana dancemaker, improviser and performance activist. Her community-based interdisciplinary work plays with gender, identity, and sociality, and it has taken her through the US, Colombia, Brazil, Cyprus, France, Germany, Denmark, Canada and Mexico. Since moving to the United States from her native Colombia in 2004, she has developed her practice to integrate her creative process and her community organizing efforts. Driven by her commitment to social transformation, Sandra Paola co-founded and directs the Institute for Improvisation and Social Action (ImprovISA) – an organization empowering diverse populations to develop through performance and improvisation in the U.S.-Mexico border. She is currently dance faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso and is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Performance Creation concentration at Goddard College. **Photo Credit: Laura Bustillos Jáquez
Xochitl Rodriguez received her BFA from UT-El Paso. In 2009, she accepted an invitation from Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck and artist Kama Wangdi to serve as Bhutan’s first artist in residence. For sixteen months, she was the only visitor to live adjacent to the country’s government housing complex. She carried out youth-driven forum theater and public art projects across the country. In 2011, Xochitl moved to Kansas City for a residency with the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project. In 2012, family called Xochitl home and in 2013 she co-founded the Caldo Collective, a 501c3 non-profit. In 2016, her work was seen around the world when she organized 52 women from both sides of the border to braid their hair together, forming a human chain across the international boundary between El Paso/Cd. Juarez.
Angie Reza Tures has worked in independent film since 2003 after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Media Studies and minor in Music. For twelve years, she worked as a producer, director, and editor in the Bay Area mentoring under Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning documentary filmmakers. Her awards in filmmaking include a 2012 Best Film made by an Adult at the San Francisco WritersCorps Poetry Projection Project Film Festival and a selection as semi-finalist for Best Art Short Film at the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival in New York City. Since 2011, Angie has lived and worked in El Paso serving as the Executive Director of Femme Frontera.
Lily Shepard is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and dancer/choreographer with over 20 years of experience.She spent 11 years in Las Vegas where she was a cast member of multiple productions on the Las Vegas strip and danced along Beyonce` at the Billboard Awards.
In 2015 she relocated to Austin and created Body Bloom ATX to share her love of using dance, fitness and community as a means to empower.
Body Bloom ATX aims to provide safe spaces for people of all backgrounds, races, sizes and orientations to enjoy themselves and each other while doing something good for their bodies and having fun!
Margaret Williamson Bechtold is a brand director and stylist living between Austin and New York and working all over.
IN HER WORK AS A creative consultant, she helps brands of all sizes and types with their look, feel and follow-through.
& Her editorial WORK has BEEN internationally published.
She writes a bit every now and then too.
Margaret loves new projects and new friends.
I am a Mexican-American/Xicana intuitive energy healer, psychic, tarot reader, dream and drawing interpreter, pendulum reader, and still figuring out my mediumship abilities. My spiritual practice is combination of mexican curanderismo (healing), with modern tarot and clairaudience abilities. I grew up surrounded by many healers and spiritual practitioners, and I learned so much from just observing as a child as it was so heavily embedded in my culture. I started to use my spiritual healing gifts in 2015-2016 when I was mentored by a Shaman in the Ecuadorian Amazon. At the time, I was a peace corps volunteer living and working in Ecuador. I gained a lot of wisdom and insight about my shamanism abilities, and my past life spiritual roots in South America. As spiritual healer, I always seek to heal the energy around trauma, and provide others the necessary resources to continue on their healing journeys. My goals are to guide clients through difficult emotional, physical, and spiritual blockages.
Margaret Galton is a Talent Buyer working on Festivals and Concerts at C3 Presents. In the past eleven years she has had the privilege to work on accounts such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (Indoors and Outdoors), Live Out Festival, C3 Concerts in various Austin venues and all throughout Texas, Longhorn City Limits, Auckland City Limits, Sydney City Limits, Austin Food and Wine, Nickelodeon SlimeFest, and The White House Easter Egg Roll (Obama Administration).
Nigerian American artist Dawn Okoro lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her primary areas of focus are painting, video, and wearable art. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in fashion design from the University of Texas, and her law degree from Texas Southern University. Her desire to become an artist spawned from her love of fashion illustration, photography, and design. Her work has been featured in Forbes and Drawing Magazine. She has shown at the Texas Biennial, George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, New York University, and the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn.
Dia Luna Arts is a one woman show created by Natalie Duran. Her craft has many faces but there is one thing that glues her aesthetic all together, nature. She ethically forages and wild crafts for the precious gifts that nature provides and preserves their beauty in her art. Her main goal is to raise money to give back to organizations that protect natural habitats from urban sprawl and from pollution. Pollution and habitat degradation effects minorities and marginalized people the most, so by supporting efforts to clean up this beautiful earth you are also helping poorer communities to live in a healthy environment. Dia Luna Arts is of the earth for the earth and all its beautiful inhabitants.
Tierra Denae is an artist, anatomy and movement Educator, yogi and the founder of The Disconnect Retreat.
Rachel Rascoe is a music and culture writer based in Austin, Texas. Her weekly column for The Austin Chronicle, Faster Than Sound, covers all things music news in the live music capital. Her work has been featured in Broadly and Austin Woman Magazine.
Austin born Multimedia Artist, Alie Jackson, works with a range of mediums to explore how the digital landscape has shaped the perception of ourselves, others, and the world around us. Her background in Digital Design and Art Direction has helped influence the technology used to create her work.
Her commercial art career spans a decade, creating award-winning Digital Ad Media, Social Media, and Augmented Reality Campaigns. She is an Official Lens Creator and Ambassador for Lens Studio, Snapchat's Augmented Reality building software and has created Lenses and Filters for clients such as Snapchat, Nike, Lionsgate, and FX. Learn more about her work at www.aliejackson.com/art.