Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, musician, and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MPhil in cultural anthropology from New York University and a BA in music from Yale University, and studied documentary video production at NYU's Program in Culture and Media. In 2005, she received a Fulbright grant for the production of the feature documentary Birds of Passage (currently in post-production), about young songwriters in Uruguay. In 2008 she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for work on her PhD dissertation on the visual culture of popular music in Uruguay. She performs her original music with the band The Mystery Keys, and currently serves as Managing Editor of e-misférica.
Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from sculpture, installation, and painting to performance and video. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Brown University, and she recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in Studio. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), and was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Sculpture Space. In 2008, Woolfalk was a resident artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is currently working on a dance piece commissioned by the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts. With the support of a Franklin Furnace fellowship, the piece will travel to New York City in the Fall of 2009.