Jeremy Brockman is an Emmy Award-Winning cinematographer from Detroit. His passion for cinematography comes from his belief that powerful imagery can drive change in society. Being a versatile cinematographer, Jeremy has lensed a number of productions in dramatic narrative, documentary, and branded content. In 2018, Jeremy was awarded a NATAS Michigan Regional EMMY Award for Education/Schools Category for the documentary short, LYRICIST SOCIETY and a second NATAS Michigan Regional EMMY Award nomination for the documentary short, MATRIX BOXING. In 2022, he was awarded the Kresge Arts in Detroit Gilda Award for Film Directing.
Sydney G James
Detroit-bred and based Interdisciplinary Artist and 2017 Kresge Fellow Sydney G. James earned her BFA at the College for Creative Studies in 2001 and began her career as an Art Director in advertising. Sydney headed to Los Angeles in 2004, to expand her career as a visual artist in the film and television industry and earned her master’s degree in secondary education. Returning to Detroit in 2011, Sydney has become one of the leading creative voices in southeast Michigan. Primarily known for large murals, Sydney’s work explores themes of the racial and gender positioning of the black woman in America as “last” or “least among others” in society. Her portraits and murals seek to reposition this narrative of the black woman’s visibility and importance bringing them to the forefront of the conversation.
Anissa Lea is a soul and contemporary jazz singer-songwriter from Detroit. She puts a modern twist on classic jazz standards, and performs original songs with a mature, soulful, and smooth voice, as seen in her self-titled debut album. Her talent as an up-and-coming artist earned her a spot in the 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival as the youngest performer to ever take the stage.