Film Festivals: An Inside Look


Dec 14, 2016 • 7:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
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If you’re an emerging or established filmmaker looking to submit your work to festivals, you should be at BRIC FLIX: Film Festivals, An Inside Look on Wednesday, December 14 at 7PM.

In partnership with the Margaret Mead Film Festival and moderated by their very own Emily Haidet, this event was specially crafted for filmmakers and television artists who want to get their work noticed. Gain valuable insight from our esteemed panel of film festival programmers who will share tips about the selection process featuring clips of films that they found instantly compelling.



BRIC FLIX is a free film screening and conversation series at BRIC House. Offering premieres, shorts, and web series projects that reflect the excitement, diversity, and creativity of the borough— BRIC FLIX is where Brooklyn comes for film.

Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators and more.


Emily Haidet (Margaret Mead Film Festival)
Emily Haidet, Public Programs and Margaret Mead Film Festival Coordinator, American Museum of Natural History. Emily Haidet Public Programs and Margaret Mead Film Festival Coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History. Emily is the Public Programs and Margaret Mead Film Festival Coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Denison University. Emily programs and coordinates Hayden Planetarium Programs including the monthly Astronomy Live Series, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and other events year-round for adults and families. Her areas of interest include cultural anthropology, ethnographic film, informal education, and material culture.


Aidah Muhammad (Programmer, Urbanworld Film Festival)
Aidah Muhammad has 17 years of comprehensive experience in entertainment, fashion, and cultural arts production. She is passionate about authentic storytelling and building sustainable, intercontinental, creative collaborations. Her professional contributions include productions for Disney Theatrical, Viacom Networks, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Special Olympics, National Football League and others. In her sixth year with Urbanworld Film Festival, her commitment to creative art forms of story and diverse ethnic inclusion is parallel to Urbanworld's movement that celebrates global content makers and innovators. Aidah wants to live in a world where disagreements are resolved by a dance battle, nature is more revered than technology and humanity's strength is deeply rooted in the desire to connect with each other through shared experiences in stories.

Basil Tsiokos (Sundance Film Festival/ DOC NYC/ Nantucket  Film Festival)
Basil Tsiokos' Programming Associate, Sundance Film Festival and Director of Programming for DOC NYC and Nantucket Film Festival Basil Tsiokos' current programming roles include Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival and Director of Programming for both DOC NYC and the Nantucket Film Festival. He teaches a course at Pratt on film festivals which culminates in Wallabout, the annual student shorts festival organized by his students. Basil previously ran NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival between 1996-2008. He writes about documentaries daily at what (not) to doc and via Twitter @1basil1. Basil holds a Masters degree from NYU and two undergraduate degrees from Stanford.

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Cara Cusumano (Director of Programming, Tribeca Film Festival)
Cara Cusumano is the Director of Programming for the Tribeca Film Festival, where she has programmed feature narrative and documentary films since 2008. Prior to Tribeca, she programmed for the Hamptons International Film Festival, including curating HIFF’s signature Conflict & Resolution competition and Oscar-qualifying shorts program, and has also worked with film organizations including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film Festival, IFP, POV, and Chicken & Egg. She frequently serves on festival juries and panels, among them CPH:DOX, SANFIC, Silverdocs, Docville, Nordisk Panorama, and the Nantucket Film Festival, and is a member of the nominating committees for the Cinema Eye Honors, the International Documentary Association Awards, and the Gotham Awards. She holds degrees from Barnard College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work. 

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