JURY MEMBERS
 
 

FRANK CRAVEN
JULIAN MEYERS
ERIC VELASQUEZ
MIKE SARGENT
&
CONCEIÇÃO PRAUN

The Organizer

JUNE 5, SELECTION DAY




FRANK CRAVEN
(TV Producer, Actor, Musician, Visual Artist and Gardener)

Frank Craven is an actor, gardener, farmer and a visual artist.

Mr. Craven also produces an award winning weekly television show, broadcasting over Time-Warner Cable’s commercial-free public access, entitled “What's Ailing, What’s Healing America?”

“What's Ailing, What’s Healing America?” is a question we have a right and a duty to ask! To answer!

Mr. Craven has also authored a book entitled “2 Comedies On God" which is available at www.amazon.com.

Frank is also a musician who plays guitar and harmonica. His music is available on cdbaby.com

Mr. Craven’s television programming may also be viewed online via; www.mnn.org 

 

CONCEIÇÃO PRAUN
(Photographer, Filmmaker and Documenting Observer on Environment)

Conceição Praun was born in Olinda, Pernambuco in the north-east of Brazil.

Ms. Praun developed an interest in the complex processes behind the "camera obscura," (Dark Room) and learned the principles of this optical device while living in London. There, she had her first showcase followed by others.

Ms. Praun then moved to Paris where she met George Fèvre (1930-2007), the master of photo development and who was an apprentice to Henri Cartier-Bresson, an established photographer. This relationship encouraged Ms Praun’s deep appreciation on his theory of ‘l’instant décisif’.

Fèvre became Ms. Praun’s mentor and exercised a great influence on her career, her promising to him that she would focus into the metaphysical contrasts of black and white.
Her photographs are based on the characteristic of spontaneity over prose and composition, in between clear and hazy atmospheres.

Praun travels the world seeking to highlight the conditions of social and environmental circumstances in order to create awareness on society’s behaviours.

 “Take care of our environment -- it’s a duty which transcends cultural, socioeconomic and all kind of boundaries.” – Conceição

 



JULIAN MEYERS
(Saxophonist)

Julian Meyers performs as a professional musician extensively around the world. He has had years of performing in a wide variety of musical situations.
Mr. Meyer has also worked as a Music Educator in the NYC School Programs for 15 years.
In 2005, Mr. Meyer released his first solo album, “Emergence”, under his own label Anjulim Music.
Currently he is forwarding  a new “Jazz Gospel” project, as well as a duo effort with  “Cuz” Michael Sargent, called the “Jazz Lounge Project.

 



ERIC VELASQUEZ
(Ilustrator)

Eric Velasquez was born in Spanish Harlem and he grew up in Harlem. Mr Velasquez graduated from the High School of Art and Design and earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts. He also completed a year of studies with Harvey Dinnerstein at the Art Students League.

Mr. Velasquez has been illustrating for over 25 years. He has illustrated numerous book jackets and interior illustrations including Beverly Naidoo’s award winning “Journey to Jo’Burg”.

Mr. Velasquez’ first picture book “The Piano Man” by Debbie Chocolate, published by Walker & Co. won the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe award for new talent. He has since illustrated many Children’s books including “The Sound that Jazz Makes” by Carole Boston Weatherford, which was awarded the CBC-NCSS Carter G. Woodson award in the field of Social Studies.

Eric was recently awarded an NAACP Image award for his work in “Our Children Can Soar” which he collaborated on with 12 notable illustrators of children’s literature. His latest book is “Twice As Good” has gathered rave reviews.

Mr. Velasquez also wrote and illustrated “Grandma’s Records” and its follow up “Grandma’s Gift” which won the 2011 Pura Belpre’ Award for illustration that was also nominated for what could be Eric’s second NAACP Image Award.

 



MIKE SARGENT
(Writer/Director/Sound designer/Audio Engineer/Film Critic)

Mr. Sargent is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design and of Parson’s School of Design.

Mr.Sargent started his career in theatre and film production as a sound designer. He was nominated several times for the prestigious Audelco Award for excellence in Sound Design.

Mike went on to write, produce and direct radio drama and audio books, adapting the works of such acclaimed Science-fiction authors as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark

As an Illustrator, Mr. Sargent has also done storyboard for a number of films of which has included the horror film BRAIN DAMAGE by Frank Henenlotter and recent thrillers ILLEGAL TENDER and THE MINISTERS by Franc Reyes.

Mike is currently chief Film Critic for WBAI RADIO’s daytime film review program, REELWORLD, and host of WBAI’s popular late night radio show, Niteshift, which features live guests. Persons presented on his programming have included Richard Donner, Harlan Ellison, Richard Dreyfuss, Levar Burton, Esai Morales and Rah Digga.