Still from Between Earth and Sky by Andrew Nadkarni.


BRIClab 2022/2023 Film + TV artists: Andrew Nadkarni | Ash Goh Hua | ManSee Kong



BRIClab Film + TV Screening + Talkback : On Wed, Apr. 26 at 7PM, join us for a screening of 2022/2023 BRIClab Film + TV Cohort, by Andrew Nadkarni screening BRIClab ProjectBetween Earth and Sky, Ash Goh Hua, screening BRIClab Project: Untitled Kiento Film, and ManSee Kong, screening BRIClab project: What Happened to Danny. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.  RSVP NOW>>>




Andrew Nadkarni (he/him)

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Andrew Nadkarni (he/him) is a queer multiracial filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. His films explore how race, gender, caste, and trauma affect our identity, and the way values can be passed down across generations through storytelling. He most recently produced the narrative feature, Actual People, which will be released by Factory 25, following festival premieres at Locarno, Slamdance, and BAMcinemaFest. He also served as an associate producer on the film Bel Canto, and a production coordinator on Amazon’s Modern Love and Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. A film & TV graduate of NYU Tisch, Andrew has worked across the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He is currently in post-production on his debut documentary short, Between Earth and Sky, which won the grand prize at the If/Then x Redford Center Nature Access Pitch at DOC NYC in 2021. / @andrewnadkarni 

BRIClab Project: Between Earth and Sky

Seven years after surviving a life-changing fall from a tree, renowned rainforest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni confronts echoes of trauma across three generations of her family tree, unearths her own tangled roots, and plants new seeds.


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Closeup of ecologist Nalini Nadkar, a Brown South Asian woman with grey hair wearing a red helmet, looking up towards the sky.

Still from Between Earth and Sky.

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Ecologist Nalini Nadkar, a Brown South Asian woman is suspended in the trees by ropes.

Still from Between Earth and Sky.

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Ecologist Nalini Nadkar, a Brown South Asian woman lies on the ground in a forest surrounded by trees.

Still from Between Earth and Sky.


Ash Goh Hua (any pronouns)

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Ash Goh Hua (any pronouns) is a filmmaker and cultural worker from Singapore, based in New York. They create documentary and experimental based work informed by the politics of abolition and autonomy. By challenging and exposing dominant ideologies in their storytelling, often through intentional usage of archives and anachronistic formats, Ash's films show different imaginations to demonstrate the possibility of liberated futures.

Ash has been supported by programs and fellowships by Sundance, ITVS, Jacob Burns Creative Culture and NYFA. Their films have screened and won awards at film festivals internationally, and have been distributed by PBS and Third World Newsreel. / @ashgohhua

BRIClab Project: Untitled Kiento Film

Kiento is a Colombian-born, NYC-raised, trans and undocumented reggaeton artist. As he prepares to release his first EP, USCIS grants him his first opportunity in two decades to return home to Medellín—a mecca of contemporary reggaeton. The film explores this homecoming, his musical evolution, and the emotional journey of reconnecting with family and culture, embedded within politics of queerness and immigration.

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 Image of Kiento, a Colombian-born, NYC-raised, trans, undocumented reggaeton artist.

Still from Untitled Kiento Film depicting Kiento.

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 Image of Kiento, a Colombian-born, NYC-raised, trans, undocumented reggaeton artist.

Still from Untitled Kiento Film depicting Kiento.


ManSee Kong (she/her)

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ManSee is a filmmaker and cultural worker whose experience as a youth organizing in Manhattan Chinatown led her to pursue filmmaking as a means to organize and empower marginalized communities. Her work has screened at Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow Women’s Library, Museum of the City of New York, Maysles Documentary Center with support from the Jerome Foundation, LMCC, Camargo Foundation, Spike Lee Production Award, Puffin Foundation, and Asian Women Giving Circle. She co-founded Chinatown Art Brigade with Tomie Arai and Betty Yu, a cultural collective that uses art to advance community-led social justice campaigns, with support from Rubin Foundation, A Blade of Grass for Socially Engaged Art, Laundromat Project, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, among others. ManSee was born and raised on unceded Lekawe and Munsee Lenape land (Queens/NYC) to working-class immigrants from Hong Kong and China. She is a Third World Newsreel Production Workshop alum with an MFA in Film from NYU.

BRIClab project: What Happened to Danny

When a 19-year-old American soldier is found dead from a gunshot wound on a U.S. Army base in Afghanistan after relentless racist hazing by his supervisors, community leaders in New York’s Chinatown embark on a tireless quest to demand justice for Pvt. Danny Chen and his family.

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Group of protestors from the Chinese community holding up signs demanding justice for Danny Chen

Still from What Happened to Danny.


Portrait of Danny Chen, a young Asian-American man wearing an army uniform, sitting in front of an American flag on the left and a red curtain on the right.

Danny Chen.