Filmmaker, waterfront festival founder, Arts administrator, and East Cleveland
native, Fanon Hill is no stranger to community transformation through strategically engaged artivism. Hill serves as Executive Director and co-founder of the Youth Resiliency Institute- a social benefit organization that provides culturally responsive arts-based programming in East Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland.
Hill has served as a consultant for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and a multitude of school districts and organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
In 2016, Hill produced and directed the documentary Lom Nava Love, the unflinching story of Black families in public housing in Baltimore, Maryland harnessing the power of art to challenge the systems and institutions that would
dictate their realities. The accompanying award winning Lom Nava Love
soundtrack, was produced and composed by Hill.
As a musician, arranger, and producer, Hill utilizes vintage recording equipment
wherever possible. His original songwriting compositions like ‘Operation 666
Poverty,’ ‘It’s Still About Freedom,’ and ‘Love Journey’ work to expand the rim of
freedom for those struggling under the weight of oppressive inequities.
In 2014, Hill presented at the White House and the U.S. Department of Education on the power of the cultural arts in Black communities with high rates of poverty.
Hill has received a Congressional Citation from the U.S. House of Representatives for his work as a cultural arts organizer dedicated to the application of Resilience Theory in disinvested communities.
Hill is a Case Western Reserve University Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellow and an Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Seminar cohort member.
Hill currently serves on the boards of Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future and The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.
Director of Cinematography & Editor
Toroes Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker who uses his life experiences to
create new stories and share them with the world. As a cinematographer, Thomas has worked with Legendary Pictures, the NBA and other international clients. He received his B.S. in Film Production at Morgan State University. In 2016, Toroes and his filmmaking partner started a production company, Waasi Films. Using his father’s passing as inspiration, he directed and co-wrote “The Beach,” a short film about an unforgettable experience with his father. “The Beach” has shown at several film festivals and won Best Short Film at the 2019 Denton Black Film Festival as well as the Creative Alliance award in Baltimore. Thomas is currently in pre-production on his first feature film Senior, based off his short film “The Beach.”
Jack M. Angelo: Cinematographer
Navasha Daya: Production Manager