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Berlin Faculty: Summer Programs

Developing the Screenplay: Alternative & Experimental Structures

Mo Ogrodnik

Mo Ogrodnik first began her filmmaking career as an AC to Kevin Rafferty and Sandi Sissel on the film, Blood in the Face, a documentary about the emergence of the KKK and the New Right. Her first film, Richard and Nicole, about a transsexual who wanted to start a women's group in the Unitarian Church, sold to WNYC and won numerous festivals. She has produced pieces for National Geographic and their Explorer Journal series. She is the writer, director of the feature film, Ripe that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was theatrically released, and received critical acclaim. She is one of the writers of Uptown Girls, and Killer is producing her next film, Deep Powder Alpine Country Club. In development: The Don't Room, Three Loves, and The White House Gang.

Member of Writer's Guild America, East

Read Mo Ogrodnik's full bio.

Sight and Sound Documentary in Berlin

Marco Williams

Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary and nominated fiction film director.

Williams’ directing credits include: The Undocumented (2013), Inside the New Black Panthers (2008), Banished (2007), Freedom Summer (2006), I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004), MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (2003), Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities (1995), The Pursuit of Happiness: With Arianna Huffington (1994), Without A Pass (1992), In Search of Our Fathers (1991), From Harlem To Harvard (1982).

Executive Producer Credits: A Son’s Sacrifice (2007), Bronx Princess (2009), More Than a Month (2012), Bible Quiz (2013).

Marco’s film awards include: Banished (2007) the Knight Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the Miami International Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award. Freedom Summer (2006), Emmy Award for the series: Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America; I Sit Where I Want, the recipient of the 2005 Beacon Award; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; The National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award 2004. His film Two Towns of Jasperreceived the 2004 George Foster Peabody Award and the2004 Alfred I duPont Silver Baton. It is the winner of the 2002 Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival Silver Award for Best International Documentary (2002); it is also the recipient of the 2002 DoubleTake/Full Frame grand prize: The Center For Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, and the winner of the 2002 Independent Feature Project Third Annual Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award.

Williams’ film, In Search of Our Fathers is an award winning and nationally and internationally acclaimed documentary. The film follows the filmmaker’s seven-year effort to learn about and to meet his father for the first time. It is a film about the search for identity and the affirmation of the family. It was awarded The Silver Apple at the National Educational Film and Video Festival.

The film was broadcast on the PBS program “Frontline”. It was exhibited at festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. It was featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1996 “Black Male Exhibition, the 1993 Whitney Biennial, the Panorama section of the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival, the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, Cinema Du Reel, the Toronto Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Bombay International Film Festival.

Marco is a nominated fiction film director as well. His dramatic short, “Without a Pass” was nominated for three Cableace Awards including Best Director of a Theatrical Special and Best Theatrical Special. It premiered on Showtime.

Williams received a B.A. from Harvard University, in Visual and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts degree from UCLA in Afro-American Studies and a Master of Fine Arts also from UCLA in their Producer’s Program. He is the recipient of the Institute of American Cultures Research Grant (1998 & 1990), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, (1987) and a Creative Artists Program grant (1984).

In addition to Marco’s film work, he has served on numerous documentary jurys from Sundance to Full Frame, to the Editorial Commission for PBS’ flagship strand POV.

Summer Dance Residency in Berlin

Pamela Pietro

Pamela Pietro received an BFA from Florida State University and MFA from University of Washington. She is an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University, Tisch School for the Arts. Pamela has performed professionally with Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance and bopi’s black sheep/dances. She was a dancer and the rehearsal director for Houlihan and Dancers from 1991–1999, artistic director Gerri Houlihan and rehearsal director for the New World Dance Ensemble Australian Tour in 1994. Pamela served as Mark Haim’s assistant for the Saint Joseph Ballet projects (2002,2004,2007) and part of their summer faculty in 2004. She has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997 and a guest teacher with the ADF linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China) and the Dance Library summer conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pamela has been on the faculty at Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, Hollins University, New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Dance New Amsterdam and a guest artist at universities all over the country. Pamela's choreography has been presented by Dancespace in Miami, Booker School for the Arts in Sarasota, Florida, Momentum Danza Company in Panama, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and presented at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor as well as the assistant to Irene Dowd in New York City. Pamela received the first place award for academics and performance from the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1985. Her latest research was presented at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki in 2007. Pamela choreographed and performed a new solo “Down is Down” in Phoenix, Arizona at the Ice House as part of the dulcedance company’s season. She will continue working on this solo and beginning a multi-media collaborative project with musician and PhD candidate Allen Fogelsanger.

Recently, Pamela received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence 2012/2013. She fulfilled her 17th summer as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival where she taught contemporary technique, choreographed a new piece, taught a series of somatic classes to the Durham community, mentored 3 ADF/Hollins University graduate students on their thesis performances. She also continued her work with Irene Dowd in assisting her in a Neuromuscular Workshop at the ADF, as well as developing new material for our workshop in the summer of 2014. She has been asked to be a judge for the On Your Way, talent scholarship program, which awards scholarships to winners in acting, classical voice, creative writing, dancing, filmmaking, musical theater, filmmaking, and visual arts. All participants gain valuable exposure and feedback, and create online portfolios in the process. Pamela is working on a new piece for the company Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts in Mumbai, India for 2014.