Trish Gianakis is an immersive, award winning artist, digital art professor, NFT expert, published poet and artisan in residency at Bronxnet TV. Her art works have been exhibited internationally, across the east coast and Arizona. With a Master’s Degree in Computer Art Installation from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Gianakis has always been on the forefront of digital art and technology. Creating immersive art experiences and combining technology with her physical sculptures is her passion. After Gianakis’s cancer diagnosis in 2015, she spent the following seven years concentrating on her art, touching on healing themes of nature, humanity, peace incorporating physical art with digital art. Since March of 2021 she is known for turning her physical art into NFTs, incorporating 3D animations, augmented reality and creating Metaverse Art Galleries. Gianakis “This is a very exciting time for digital artist, it’s the new renaissance, now artist finally have a way to sell their digital art as a valued medium.”
Alejandra Ramos Riera is a Puerto Rican Playwright, actress, director and educator based in NYC. Winner of "The Miranda Family Voces Latinx Playwriting Competition" (2020) with her play "Malas mañas". She is also a 2021 Emmy Nominee as a Voice Over Actress for Animated Short Film “La Cucarachita Martina’s Musical Adventures”. Ramos has written over 20 short plays and 6 full length plays in English and Spanish, and has presented her work in Puerto Rico, Spain, New York and Los Angeles. Her published work include her book “En la azotea, 10 piezas cortas de teatro” (Ed. Callejón 2016), “Times of Fire” (Vice Versa Magazine, 2020), among others. Recent acting credits include her role of Patricia in the movie Angelfish featuring Princess Nokia and the Lover by Harold Pinter. She is also an artistic collaborator with Pregones/PRTT.Ramos holds a B.A in Dance and Theater, from University of Puerto Rico, and a M.A. in Scenic Arts from the University of Murcia, Spain.
NYC born and raised LA ROKA, also known internationally as BGIRL ROKAFELLA for herBreak dance mastery, performed as a teen in school productions and later at open mics such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She began to perform at theatrical venues with Full Circle Prod ( the non profit company she co founded with her husband Kwikstep) and found her voice after successfully providing interludes for the dance pieces in their evening length dance theater programs. La Roka is well rooted in Hip-hop and Afro Latin rhythms because she grew up at a time when so many genres were emerging. She composed a Gospel version of Jimmy Castor's "Just Begun" proving her versatility while offering an empowering message in her performances. With the help of Pepatian she honed her poetry and singing skills around the Bronx and had her poems published in an anthology of Bronx Poets.
She has proven her multi faceted creativity, as a model for Athleta, an actress in the film "On the Outs" and the choreo-play "SHE". She became a film maker directing the documentary "All The Ladies Say" and was hired to offer her unique Hip hop choreography for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 70th anniversary Hamlet. If you watched the Netflix series The Get Down, you saw her in the 3rd episode and she performed with the House of Ninja for DANCE PARADE 2016! In 2019 she was asked to participate in the launch party discussion for Bruce Lee's WARRIOR Cinemax/HBO series based on his writings. Recently she appeared in Lin Manuel Miranda's In The Heights Movie.
Roka usually does a Breakin demo during her sets because Hip-hop saved her life, so she reminds the world of its grace and power. She can perform songs in Spanish and offers tribute to her ancestors when she opens her shows.
She can perform solo, with DJ KS360 , with a band and dancers. She is currently an adjunct dance professor at The New School and has worked with the Smithsonian as a guest lecturer about Hip-hop, womanhood and the Afro Latin essence. She has been hired as a Key Note speaker for The Field at Gibney Dance and at the DanceNYC Symposium at Hunter College. Red Bull hired her in 2018 as a Host for the 1st ever International Bgirl Top 16 BC One battle in Switzerland.
As the Founder, Ceo and Director of Photography at Anibok Studios, Kobina Anibok is actively creating and building a catalogue of 100 films to shape the story-telling narrative of Ghanaian and Ameri-African culture. The guiding tenet of Kobina’s career is to establish a solid body of diverse work through collaboration and innovative ways of filming. Anibok Studios is a production company that develops content for Film, TV, and Streaming under the leadership of Kobina Born in Tema, Ghana, Kobina’s movie-watching pastime morphed into a lifelong passion for directing, producing, editing, and photography where the first time he was on a film set became a pivotal moment of his career. Kobina’s entrepreneurial approach to creativity means not merely focusing on creating content or film, but includes first, understanding the business of art to create a sustainable venture and second, creating opportunities for other Creatives in Ghana. The expediency of having a voice that leaves a positive impact on Ghanaian culture is what led Kobina to dig deep into communication, creative, and leadership capabilities to make the transition from Accountant to Director of Photography. It was through the mundane every day activities of working out, reading, and watching movies that Kobina further appreciated that he connected with the art of telling stories and film in a deep way that would not allow him stay on the side lines. Of particular interest to Kobina is the narrative surrounding violence against women, women’s empowerment, and support for the deaf and blind community.
Kobina’s body of work extends from Ghana to New York where his short films in particular are an eclectic treat of African culture interpreted through the lens of contemporary reality. Fuelled by the personal inspiration of his father who defied a myriad of financial and geographical odds to succeed both as an individual and family man, Kobina’s goal is to turn dreams into films. This he has put into play by building a company from the ground up and working with clients including Vogue Espana where he was Editor of the project, Brussels Airlines, Centric TV, Essence, and Shea Moisture. Kobina’s favorite memory from his career has been filming backstage at the 2016 BET Awards and seeing talents such as Samuel Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Fox, and Beyoncé.
Alba Enid García Rivas is an international award-winning Puerto Rican director, she is currently finishing her 4th film Dangerously Ever After, a stop-motion film based on the award-winning picture book. Alba is also working on a new live-action dark fantasy short titled Qiya. In 2018 she completed Dak’Toká Taíno (I am Taíno) a story about the aftermath of hurricane María in Puerto Rico and how Abuela Yaya helps her grand-daugther Marabelí understand their history, their Taíno culture and how to cope under the desperate situation they are in. Heather B. Henson (Jim and Jane Henson’s daughter from IBEX Puppetry is the Executive Producer. This film was shown at the Smithsonian Museum, The Museum of Moving Image, The Newark Museum. Dak’ Toká Taíno qualified to run for the 2019 Oscars and is currently on HBO MAX. About Alba (Director, Sculptress, Animator, Writer & Concept Designer) Her art creatures dolls are in private collections all over the world. Alba is a member of the Association International Du Film D’Animation, Women in Animation, POFA Puppeteers of America and the MOMI Museum of Moving Image. Alba opened FANTASIATION Studio in the Summer of 2008. She worked on Celebrity Deathmatch, MTV, as an Animator.