I am a filmmaker, producer and writer who has worked in various capacities in film production and development, including as Development Associate at Pipedream Productions. I directed and produced three short documentaries, including Four Women, which enjoyed screenings at various film festivals and conferences. I am currently developing my feature documentary, The Love Project, which is about Black women in America and HIV/AIDS. A native New Yorker who lives in Harlem and who also works as an arts educator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, I graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A in African American and Film Studies.
BV: Why are you interested in Web 2.0 and the election?
MD: For my generation and definitely for future generations, the Web is the first stop people go to for research and information about all aspects of life, culture and politics. The 2008 presidential election is especially exciting to watch not only for the way it has mobilized and engaged my age group in politics, but also for the many ways candidates are using the Web for fundraising and outreach.
BV: What candidates/issues/other aspects of the campaign particularly interest you?
MD: Because I think it is extremely important for every American citizen to have access to quality health care, I am particularly interested in what the candidates say they would do as president to solve the current crisis in health care and health care management. I am also interested in the continued dialogues about the intersections of race, class and gender that this election has brought to the national stage, as well as our economy.
BV: What do you like to do in your free time?
MD: Dancing is the best form of personal expression, and a good way to relieve stress, so I love to dance with friends, from salsa to reggae. I also like attending musical concerts of all kinds and would be in heaven for life if I could see Stevie Wonder perform live. I also try to travel to new cities and countries as much as possible. Other than that, you can find me reading a good book during my quiet moments, and spending lots of time with family and friends over delicious meals.
BV: Who is your favorite Beatle?
MD: I did not grow up listening to the Beatles, so unfortunately I have no favorite one to mention! However, my appreciation for their music continues to grow, thanks to Across the Universe.tags co-curators NY