Meet the 2023 LEF New England Flaherty Fellows

Since 2009, LEF New England has partnered with the Flaherty to support the participation of 4-5 New England-based nonfiction filmmakers at the Flaherty Film Seminar each year. This year’s seminar, Queer World Mending, will take place at Skidmore College from June 17–23.

Cam/a.c. Howard (they/them) is a writer, ‘zinemaker, and multidisciplinary artist, and the program coordinator at the Points North Institute in Maine, USA. Their work focuses on queer coming of age, community care, nature, music, and the future. a.c. has made short films, interactive workbooks, comics, podcasts, and fiction & nonfiction zines. Their writing has appeared in The Bollard, Oroboro, and their newsletter The Deal. They are currently working on an essay about Brian Eno, and a comic about trans-masculine lesbian identity. Cam studied radio and podcast production at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, and documentary filmmaking at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They live on Wabanaki land with their leopard gecko, Nero.

Chloe Zimmerman (she/her) is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator engaging with ecologies, documentary poetics, collaborative learning, and making across disciplines. She currently teaches film, writing, and fungi-based workshops at RISD, MassArt, and Brown University. She is the curator of an upcoming film and poetry series called ESSAI. Chloe was a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and recently completed an MFA at Brown University.

Enrique Rivera (he/him) is a Puerto Rican filmmaker born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He uses his passion for research-driven documentary and archival preservation to highlight and empower stories from BIPOC and marginalized communities. While elevating nuanced and inclusionary perspectives, his practice revisits conversations surrounding decolonization, abolition, and our relationships with land and agriculture. His documentary work on legal institutions, belief systems, trafficking, and cultural icons has appeared on Netflix, HBO Max, National Geographic, CNN, and The Atlantic. Most recently he was the producer of the HBO Max documentary series Menudo: Forever Young. He is a graduate of Emerson College.

Stephen Wardell is an American filmmaker whose experimental narratives move fluidly between fiction, documentary, and essay. Their playful films investigate systems of power and explore the contemporary forces that construct queer identity. Recent screenings include: Visions du Réel, L’Alternativa Independent Film Fest Barcelona, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. From the Midwest, currently they live in Boston, MA.

See the full list of Flaherty fellows on the Flaherty website.

Learn more about the fellowship on our website.

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