Montré Aza Missouri

FOUNDER | Executive Creative Director

Montré is a Washington DC native, film studies and cultural studies writer, filmmaker and an Associate Professor in Film at Howard University. She has lived and worked in the UK, Ghana and Nigeria and is passionate about independent film and visual culture. Montré is also the author of recent film studies text Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity and her interest is in images of Yorùbá Atlantic-Religions, sexuality and racial/cultural hybridity in film and visual culture.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Kimberly C.  Gaines

Cultural & community Engagement Director

An experienced arts education and community arts advocate, Kimberly has worked at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, CentroNía and is now involved in the launch of #HS48 the first ever 48 Hour Film for teens. She is  also Creative Director of DeanwoodxDesign as well as her own photography and graphic design firm sondai expressions creative, llc. Kimberly was a programmer for WPFW 89.3 FM's Sophies Parlor one the first all women's radio shows featuring independent music produced by women and she has been awarded funding from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for community and educational work. 

 

 
 
 

Andrea R. Thompson

Development Director

With over a decade of experience arts and culture nonprofit administration, Andrea is currently Development Director at the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in New York City and for Parallel Film Collective. She has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, The Washington Performing Arts Society, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and WPFW (89.3fm). Also, she has first hand experience in the arts as a performer and teaching artist. Andrea has traveled in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa as part of her work. 

 
 
 

Jami Ramberan

Creative Director

Jami is a DC Native, an award-winning filmmaker and educator. She is an Assistant Professor at Howard University where she heads the Film and Television Program and is also a Film Instructor at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Jami is also the co-organizer of Storycode DC focused on immersive digital storytelling.  As a director, Jami worked in New York on music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries for several years. Her latest short film award-winning Silent Brave focuses on the psychological effects of Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

 
 
 
 
 

Srikanth Nandigama

Creative Director

Originally from Hyderabad, India, Srikanth is passionate about Telugu Cinema specifically, areas of production and distribution in Southern India's 'Tollywood' industry. Srikanth also remains connected to home through his work with Hyderabad based film venture The Fishtank Entertainment Company which has partner with Parallel in curating rarely seen art house films from South Asia. Although Srikanth wears several hats in Parallel, his main focus is cinematography and he has worked on several projects locally for Twelve 14 Media Production.

 
 
 

Lodi Matsetela

Director of Productions 

Lodi is a South African filmmaker who has produced content for corporates, broadcasters and cinematic release both domestically and internationally. With business partners Makgano Mamabolo and Vincent Moloi, Lodi heads Johannesburg based television and film company  Puo Pha Productions where Lodi wrote and produced the short film Berea which premiered at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Puo Pha recently been awarded a three year slate/contract with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in South Africa.

 
 
 

DJ Ausar

Musical Director | Resident DJ

Based in Atlanta, DJ Ausar hosts The Kalakuta Show on WRFG 89.3FM and produces BodyMusic for UK based SoulAndJazz.com. In addition to dj'ing, Ausar works with Ocha Records in radio promotions. He has also headed musical and community educational events in Atlanta such as "ORIGINS: DJ Diaspora Festival" as well as "Sacred Spaces, Spiritual Places: DJ, Dance & Deities" discussion at Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Hans Charles 

ARRAY Releasing Co-Leader   

As an Assistant Cameraman and Director of Photography, Hans has worked with arange of directors including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay (Venus vs) and Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom, Sparkleand worked on films like Just Wright, PariahMiddle of Nowhereand Mother of George.  Films he shot  have screened at the Urban World Film Festival,  Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, the New York City Latino Film Festival, OutFest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Zanzibar Film Festival, HBO and ESPN.  Hans has also worked on camera for BET network television shows, The Start Up, and the hit The Game. His latest cinematography work is Nijla Mu'min's feature debut, Jin. In addition to filmmaking, Hans is an Assistant Professor in Film and Video Studies at George Mason University where he teaches cinematography.