Nicky Tavares – Director/Producer/Writer
Nicky Tavares is a multimedia artist whose work spans from experimental documentary to handmade 16mm film to installation and sculpture. Her hybrid live-action and animated documentary Fwd: Update on My Life screened at film festivals and micro-cinemas nationally and internationally including: New Directors/New Films (The Museum of Modern Art,and Lincoln Center, New York City), Impakt, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, WAM!Boston Film Festival, Balagan Experimental Film Series, and MassArt Film Society. Additionally, her 16mm films have been shown at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, TIE – The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, and numerous galleries.
In 2014, Tavares was awarded an Austin Film Society grant for her documentary feature “Son of a Bug,” a film that explores Pakistan’s first rock ‘n roll band, the Bugs. Among other honors, Tavares was awarded an Iqbal Fellowship at the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue in Pakistan where she conducted research on early Pakistani rock music and taught courses in documentary production at the International Islamic University, Islamabad. She has received two LEF Moving Image Fund Grants and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She was a cinematographer for the PBS series Arab American Stories and most recently, a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.
Shams-Tabraiz Muzaffar – Producer/Writer
Shams-Tabraiz Muzaffar is an international development activist-scholar who has worked with Muslim communities across the globe. He was most recently an Iqbal Teaching Fellow at the International Islamic University in Islamabad as well as a Program Development Manager at the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan. He has lived and traveled extensively in India and Pakistan, where he worked for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in Karachi. He has also studied Urdu literature and poetry as a Berkeley Urdu Fellow in Lucknow, India. He has taught mathematics in Eritrea and worked for the HIV support organization Positive Muslims in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds an MA in International Relations with a focus on development/humanitarian studies and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and a BA in Mathematics and Islamic History.