SIGNIFIED is a web-based documentary series featuring the work of queer artists and activists. The series highlights alternative narratives of artistic creation, community organizing, gender re-imaginings and the transforming of State mechanisms that police queer bodies and communities.
SIGNIFIED premiered their first season of interviews with The Guggenheim Lab in Fall 2011 and has since expanded internationally, featuring over twenty interviews in Argentina, Colombia, and Cuba. The series is available in both English and Spanish and has been viewed over 40,000 times in more than 60 countries.
SIGNIFIED also serves as ongoing platform to organize screenings, media literacy workshops, and discussion series to connect our virtual and physical communities.
CREATORS & DIRECTORS:
Brooklyn based filmmakers and media educators: Anna Barsan and Jessie Levandov.
Anna Barsan is an NYC-based artist and media educator working in film, installation, and live video performance. She holds an M.A. in film and new media studies from The New School and a B.A. in international relations and global media studies from the University of Michigan. She teaches film and media studies at SUNY Empire State.
Jessie earned her BFA in Film Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where she divides her days between filmmaking, community arts education and making things with her hands. She is a storyteller who fell in love with capturing moving images and uses film as a means of engaging with social justice, fostering community and most importantly joy.
Sam Tabet is an independent producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Sam is passionate about social change media, especially that which examines state violence against QTPOC communities. In addition to producing SIGNIFIED, Sam is currently Executive producing a feature documentary “Southwest Of Salem”, and a short fiction film “Forever, Ally”. Sam previously was the assistant producer of the feature documentary “CALL ME KUCHU”, and has worked and volunteered at various organizations including Chicken & Egg Pictures, NewFest Inc., and POV. Sam holds a B.A. from Connecticut College in Film and Gender studies.
LATIN AMERICA: DIRECTOR