Montage Film Series 2024

Ali Cultural Arts Center
Feb 29 | 7:00 pm | FREE

The event is hosted by Black Cat Media.

Cathleen Dean - Black Cat Media

Screening #1 February 29th 2024 - Carmen and Geoffrey

This screening will focus on legacy of 2 iconic dancers! The centerpiece of the evening is a screening of the captivating documentary Carmen & Geoffrey. Panel Discussion Following the screening, a panel of local dance professionals will delve deeper into the film’s themes and the legacy of Carmen & Geoffrey. This is a rare opportunity to gain insights from experts, engage in a lively discussion about the history & future of Black artistry in dance.

About the Panelists:

Alonzo Octavias Williams is a choreographer, dancer, poet, educator and curator of many artistic disciplines. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a B.A. in Dance and an M.S. in Student Affairs. Williams is also the receiver of an M.F.A in Dance Performance.

Pablo Malco is a choreographer, producer, public speaker and a dancer first making his mark on the world as a street dancer from Brooklyn N.Y. But young and motivated he began studying Jazz in high school and elaborated on his technique with education in Ballet and acting.

Daniela Wancier - MFA, CLMA, MPA, RSME, Associate Dean - Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities. Wancier is an educator, presenter, consultant, and movement specialist. Currently, she serves as Associate Dean for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities Department on Broward College’s Central and Downtown campuses. Prior to this, she was Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance program at Broward College for almost a decade. She holds an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and holds numerous certifications including Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and Movement Pattern Analysis.

Jemilah L. Jones - Dance and Educator with twenty-eight years of experience in teaching various dance styles ages 3 to adults, beginner to advanced dance levels. Experience in creating educational curriculums for the Arts and Early Childhood education. Experience in creating and directing programs in the Arts. Director for Grant funded programs, Arts programs for communities, and educational programs.

Terrence “T.M.” Pride is a multifaceted artist, with an expansive career showcasing many roles including director, choreographer, dancer, costume designer and teacher. A graduate of Florida A&M, he has choreographed over sixty pieces of work, including musicals, and commissioned ballets. T.M. is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, with Off-Broadway credits including For Colored Boyz; Regional credits in American Black Princess and American Son; along with Film/TV credits in: First Ladies, Lovecraft Country, and Underground Railroad. He currently serves as the producing artistic director for Brévo Theatre and director of the dance program at Dillard High School for the Arts.

Screening #2 June 2024 - A Hero of a Thousand Faces and the Dance Film


A Hero of a Thousand Faces Project seeks to discover what makes a hero as it pertains to black men as they seek inclusion and contribution to a society that might see them otherwise. Hero #14 George Gadson - Artist.

About the Filmmaker:

George Gadson: A self-taught artist whose artworks express different spiritual aspects and values of life. His unabated passion for creating translates into exuberant and joyous figurative sculptures, abstracts, photography and more, inspired by his surroundings, people and their environment, and mundane objects of everyday life that often go unnoticed.

Drawing on many sources and ideas for his work, including his personal life story and experiences makes the creative process to be as equally important as the final work. The allows him to feel, explore, and discover the insight, enchantments, and spiritual empowerment that the experience of creating brings.

Gadson seeks to bring to life the forgotten history found in many communities and capture civic memories through creative design works for public spaces. Such efforts aid in rebuilding the tangible and intangible characters of a community, bringing disparate groups together, creating safer neighborhoods, promoting a greater sense of place and belonging, and breathing new life into the “soul” of a community and its residents.

Michael Anderson is a highly experienced and creative technical
professional with over 23 years experience in digital media as well as Broadcast Television. Project management, producing, and directing are some of Mr. Anderson's areas of technical expertise His work ranges from live events and historical documentaries to feature films, commercials, web series and reality TV. Michael Anderson has worked closely with companies such as WLRN Public Media Channel 17 Miami, Discovery Channel Latin America, Accord Productions, Cineworks Digital Studios, and SuperGroup International. He has a great capacity to not only meet deadlines but also a keen ability to work under pressure.

His latest projects include the 2021 Suncoast Chapter Emmy award winning show "Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale.” "Hometown Hero" is part of WLRN’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo’s Moon Landing short films series. 2020 Suncoast Chapter Emmy nominated “The Secret Weapon That Won World War II'' produced for WLRN Public Media which is currently in distribution to PBS stations nationwide. The short film “Midway Home” has received a Producers Guild of America award. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Suncoast Chapter. Michael Anderson continues to use his talents and experience to tell the stories of our communities.

Fabian Cardenas: is a Multi-Emmy Award-winning film director, producer, and screenwriter passionate about storytelling and a deep understanding of film and theatre. In the high mountains of Ecuador, the midnight moon glinting in the darkened sky, his grandfather whispering vivid tales of terror as the wind rustled through the eucalyptus branches and shadows closed in; sparked the desire in young Fabian to capture an audience’s imagination and emotion.

Today Fabian directs films and documentaries that speak the language of creativity, conflict, and imagery; Fabian continues collaborating with diverse professionals on various projects.

Fabian is known for solidly managed productions, delivered on time and within budget. Film festivals have selected several projects, such as Freddie of Wynwood and #theconnectedman, and then these short films are distributed to broader audiences on Amazon Prime or PBS. In addition, the short movie Midway Home received a Producers Guild award. Fabian is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Suncoast Chapter. In 2022 he was nominated for three Regional Emmys, winning one Emmy. In 2021 he had two selections; one of his projects, Hero of a Thousand Faces, won an Emmy.

Montage Film Series 2024