Havana Faculty

Documentary Video Production

Jennifer Redfearn
Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and producer. She directed and produced the film, Sun Come Up, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Jennifer’s recent film, Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. In this intimate character driven story, three blind women from Havana, Cuba confront their heartbreaks and hopes and navigate their profound desires for personal independence. In her client work, Jennifer has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. She also produced several short documentaries and multimedia pieces for MediaStorm. Projects she produced and edited at MediaStorm were nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Wellesley College, and Villanova among others, and she has led documentary workshops and taught media skills at MediaStorm, NBC, and DCTV. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

Tim Metzger
Tim Metzger is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated cinematographer and filmmaker with over a decade of experience filming documentaries. He is currently serving as the director of photography for a National Geographic series. He filmed the Emmy-nominated 6-part series RISING: Rebuilding Ground Zero for Discovery/Dreamworks, chronicling years of construction and healing at the new World Trade Center, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Tim was nominated for an Emmy for the history special Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live. He was recently nominated for his 2nd Emmy, as DP of a Discovery/AHC docudrama series about the old west. Tim filmed and produced the 2011 Academy Award nominee Sun Come Up, a documentary film about a small island community that is forced to relocate because of rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Over the past decade, Tim has filmed in more than 20 countries and his work has appeared on HBO, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, CNN and many more.

More information about the spring program Documentary Video Production.

Photography: On Location in Havana

Adrian Fernandez
Photographer Adrian Fernandez studied at the Superior Institute of Art and at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts. His solo work has been exhibited in Cuba and the United States, including the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas, and the Center for the Development of Visual Arts and the Juan David Gallery at the Yara Movie Theatre Cultural Center, both in Havana, Cuba. His group exhibitions have been viewed in international venues such as the Art Public Contemporain in France, Paseo de la Reforma, Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico, and the Paix Foundation of Guatemala. Visit the Adrian Fernandez website.

Helmo Hernández
President, Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Helmo is an art historian and specialist in visual arts, theatre, and cultural policy and development as well as a curator and critic. Helmo serves as an Advisor of the National Fine Arts Council and the National Performing Arts Council, Havana. Helmo is also an adjunct professor at the University of Havana and at the Superior Institute of Arts.

More information about the spring and summer program Photography: On Location in Havana.

Clive Davis Institute x Havana: The Cuban Music Scene

Andres Levin
From the Teatro Nacional de Cuba to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, audiences have applauded GRAMMY® -winning producer, filmmaker, educator, and TEDxHabana co-creator Andres Levin’s dedication to expanding opportunities for Cuban artistry on stage and in recording studio. 

Hailed by Americas Quarterly in 2015 as an “Arts Innovator” the vitality of la perla de las Antillas performing arts scene is Levin’s oxygen. With Cuban-American - GRAMMY® nominated singer and actress CuCu Diamantes, he founded the critically acclaimed band Yerba Buena. 

For over three decades Levin has lent his professional expertise and insight to a who’s who of notable artists including David Byrne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Anthony, Orishas, Caetano Veloso, John Legend, Miguel Bosé and Carlinhos Brown. In 2009, Levin’s work as a producer on the cast album for Broadway hit In The Heights resulted in a GRAMMY®. His TV and Film credits include Executive Music Producer on the legendary Cuban filmmaker Jorge Perugorría’s Se Vende and work on the soundtrack for Hotel Transylvania 2.

Whether at his Manhattan offices or his home studio in Havana, the island nation has graciously served as both muse and platform for Levin’s launch and oversight of a diverse range of projects in the entertainment industry include conferences that celebrate ingenuity like TedxHabana, social-consciousness raising concerts such as Red Hot + Cuba, engrossing high energy films from Amor Crónico to Havana Motor Club, and decidedly original ventures for businesses including Bacardi’s Loud and Untamable.Postcards from Cuba

Postcards From Cuba

Gail Segal
Gail Segal is a poet and filmmaker. A passion for documentary stirred in graduate school expanded to large format films working with renowned IMAX directors, Francis Thompson and Bayley Silleck in New York City. Subsequence film experience has included the Peabody Award winning film, Arguing the World (Co-Producer), the feature length documentary, Five Wives Three Secretaries and Me (Story Editor and Assoc. Producer), and a 15-part television series, The Shakespeare Hour, hosted by Walter Matthau (Assoc. Producer). Her most recent films include a narrative short, Filigrane, set in the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert, and two documentary shorts, Meanwhile, in Turkey, and Soapy – both celebrating work done by hand. Published writing includes an essay, “A Praise of Doubt,” anthologized in the book entitled, Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts and two books of poetry: In Gravity's Pull (2002) and The Discreet Charm of Prime Numbers (2013). Translations of Italian poet, Alfredo de Palchi appear in his book length collected works, Paradigm and in the FSG Book of Twentieth Century Italian Poetry. She initiated a documentary practicum for The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and served as Interim Chair of the Grad Division of Film and TV from 1998 to 2000. At present, she is the Department Head of Interdisciplinary Collaborations, the Film Area Head in the Department of Design for Stage and Film and the Tisch School of the Arts liaison for NYU’s Global Network University. She is currently developing a narrative feature project set in the Deep South and is completing a book of essays about film entitled: Dramatic Effects: with a movie camera.

More information about the January Term program Postcards from Cuba.