Sunday, August 5, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Plafield, Manhattan, 10021
Professor, TV personality, and activist Mila Burns is joined by Ginny Suss and Paola Mendoza, the founders of Women’s March and Resistance Revival Chorus, and legendary Brazilian music producer Béco Dranoff to discuss urgent topics at the crossroads of music, resistance and social justice, sharing their personal experience and perspectives. A discussion bound to interest anyone curious about the powers that affect our societies, and the role that art, artists, and consumers of art play in them.
RSVP is required to attend this pre-show panel. Please RSVP to RSVP@CityParksFoundation.org.
Following the panel will be performances from Xȇnia França, The Hamilton de Holanda Trio featuring Roberta Sà, and BaianaSystem. No RSVP required for these performances. For additional information, click here.
For more than a decade, Mila Burns has been a prominent journalist in Brazil and New York. She is currently the anchor of Globo Notícia Américas, a newscast dedicated to the Latino community broadcast on Sundays at TV Globo Internacional. Mila Burns is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College (CUNY). She is the author of Sorriso Negro (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) and Nasci para Sonhar e Cantar: Dona Ivone Lara, a mulher no samba (Record, 2009).
Ginny Suss is the former Vice President of Okayplayer.com and the co-founder of OkayAfrica.com, two music and culture based media companies. She is invested in creating platforms for music, arts and culture often overlooked in mainstream media. Regularly involved in social justice work, Ginny produced the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. She helped produce the March for Science, and currently has an all women’s chorus, the Resistance Revival Chorus, which is focused on protest music and recently performed with Kesha at the 2018 Grammys. Since March of 2018 she is running her own production company, Ginny Suss Productions.
Film Director Paola Mendoza, was the Artistic Director for the Women’s March on Washington, the largest political protest in the history of the United States. Before organizing the Women’s March Paola directed several critically acclaimed films. She works in both narrative and documentary. Her films have continually tackled the effects of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States. Paola is also co-author of NYT Bestseller “TogetherWeRise” and co-founder of WeAreSoze and the Resistance Revival Chorus.
Based in New York since 1988, Béco Dranoff is a Brazilian/American music, film and cultural creative and producer active as a relevant bridge in the creation, production and promotion of international Brazilian entertainment content end events. His multi-faceted career includes credits as co-producer for the Red Hot + Rio HIV/AIDS charitable compilations, Ziriguiboom music label co-founder, Grammy nominated artist Bebel Gilberto co-producer and A&R, documentary Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves In Global Music co-producer and music supervisor, compiler of The Best of Os Mutantes with David Byrne, music supervision team for Oscar nominated documentary How To Survive a Plague (dir. David France) and the Brazilab online radio program among many.