"The Astor Goes To"
The Astoria Filmmakers Club presents The Astor Awards to the winners of the Triborough Film Festival
join the live stream on our home page - Feb. 11th 2023
"The Astor Goes To"
Luciann " 2 Feathers " Berrios
Luciann Berrios is a published poet and been a voice for female empowerment through her written publications such as "Women Of Eve's Garden: An Anthology", a poetry collection she curated, edited, and contributed to, consisting solely of female and non-binary voices(accept into US Library of Congress in 2018). She is currently chair of new non profit and wellness center Women In Need PR located in Puerto Rico and is a meditation guide and Reiki master.
Leana Guzman is a Colombian-Dominican Latina Actress, singer, producer and passionate VO artist, originally from Charlotte, NC where she obtained a BFA in Music Theatre from Catawba College. After Associate Producing her first short film “First” in 2019 through Covid, she transitioned to film/tv (most recent training being at T.Schreiber Studios in NYC for film/TV) and VO work at Edge Studios. Her credits include ‘Lection’ (Amazon Prime), ‘The Street Lights Are On’ (TubiTV) and she is currently Associate Producing a dramedy series titled “Hayawan” written by Sophia Alawi, due early 2024. You can find her on all socials @leanasguzman
Ava Paloma is an actress, writer, & producer. She has appeared on Law and Order, The Blacklist, and Bull. Her film credits include Deadlock (starring Bruce Willis) & the upcoming 72 Hours (playing opposite Sam Trammell). She is an associate producer with Workhorse Cinema & is currently developing multiple projects in both New York & Georgia.
Born in the village of Tepa, Ghana my father and I traveled to America for an opportunity to change our narrative and while living in New York City, I have been blessed with various hands on opportunities to cultivate my skills in filmmaking and storytelling and recognize the responsibility that I have to be a voice for people of diverse backgrounds. I have much to learn but will never give up as I am a living testimony of the power of one man’s dream.
Through my storytelling I aim to challenge perspectives & take every mind, body, and soul on a journey full of sound, truth, & exploration.
Josafat Concepción (any pronouns) is a filmmaker from the Canary Islands currently based in The Bronx, where proudly serves as a board member of The Bronx Filmmakers Collective. After moving to NY, they had the chance to work for one of their childhood heroes, LLoyd Kaufman, as head of the department of international sales and acquisitions at the legendary film house Troma Entertainment. Their latest film ¡Ay bendito se le paró el carro!, an experimental documentary, premiered at the 2022 Film Diary NYC.
James Avatar is a native New York multimedia producer who sat on the creative panel beside Jupiter communications's CEO Josh Harris and became one of the many "artistic consultants" for the development of PSEUDO.COM, one of the first original online streaming content services in NYC. His work history includes founding the art collective BROOKLYN MEDIA LAB (2002-2011), writing jingles for radio, serving as music director for the animated online series "WHIRLGIRL" and songwriter for the Brooklyn family-music Band AUDRA ROX.
James is currently working freelance and living in Queens as a Social Media Influencer and Brand Ambassador for COMFORTLAND Restaurant in Astoria and is completing an album called "SONGS U HATE ABOUT LOVE" which chronicles recent historic events over the past 20 years.
Jibran is a Pakistani-American filmmaker, born and raised in Detroit. His last film, BabyShower, ran the festival circuit in 2022. Currently, he is developing a dramatic feature film. For his day job, Jibran works for the World Economic Forum.
Lashawn "Suga Ray" Marston, born on March 14th, 1984, would endure a lifetime worth of pain by the time he was only 20 years of age; including losing his dad and oldest sister to cancer, being shot, going to prison, and witnessing friends killed by friends, but by a constant reflection of self and his surroundings, he found his way and since 2008 has been committed to assisting in the elevation of humanity and the liberation of all oppressed people.
"Suga Ray" is a true American Hero. He is an artist and activist dedicated to community building through storytelling, filmmaking, and spoken word. He recently completed an Art Residency at MoMA PS1, and his work has been featured at Flux Factory and the Museum of the Moving Image, as well as in local New York City magazines. He has received numerous honors and awards from high ranking government officials, his peers, and countless others he has worked with, on various fronts, from various parts of the World. None of that has changed him as he remains committed to the mission of healing our hurting world, and thus gives much more than he receives.
“Suga Ray” is committed to using media and arts-based solutions to address systemic issues of racial and social injustice. Through art and community organizing, Suga Ray is actively building a world that centers community safety and care.
"Suga Ray '' is a peace activist, food activist, spiritual guide, community builder, public speaker, universal educator, program developer, writer, artist, humanitarian, podcast host, and involved with various community based organizations."
Malka Wallick is a NYC based multi-hyphenate. She grew up in the Modern Orthodox community in Brooklyn, NY. Her work explores the intersection of girlhood, queerness, and Judaism. She is the founder of Girl Gang Production(s) with whom she produced "klutz,” which had its premiere at Dances with Films, and for which she was nominated for best actor. Her Feature film "Our Bodies & Other Shames" was a finalist with the 2023 Sundance Feature Development Track. It is currently in development with the aim to shoot fall 2023. Select acting credits: “Indecent” (SF Playhouse), “Bachelorette Bachelorette” (Bad Guru), “Work Study,” and upcoming: “Visit Joe Whitefeather,” (Florida Studio Theatre).
"The Astor Goes To"
join The Astoria Filmmakers Club in presenting sixteen awards to the winners of the Triborough Film Festival
1 Best in Borough
The Chian Federation Ballroom
44-01 Broadway, Queens NY 11103
February 11th 2023
- Doors open at 4:00 PM
- Popup event 4:00 - 9:00 PM
- Ballroom Opens 5:00 PM
- Award Ceremony 6:00 PM
- VIP After Party 7:00 PM
Networking ~ Vendors ~ Music ~ Filmmakers ~ Awards ~ VIP After Party
Community Creativity & Joy
special presentations include
Singer, Songwriter Annie Stone
Stand up Comic Bob Greenberg
Magician Rene Clement
Amazing Amy Special Guest Contortionist