MEET THE CREW
Dr. Zeldes will direct the narratives of the transmedia project, laying out the arcs of each story and the aesthetic tones and styles of what one will see and hear. She also raises the funds and hires the crew who will make the magic. As a Flintstone and social documentarian, it is necessary for Zeldes to engage in her hometown and tell stories that uplift and anger.
GERI ALUMIT ZELDES, PH.D. - Director
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and serves as ComArtSci’s Faculty Excellence Advocate who leads the college's Inclusiveness Committee, helps recruit and retain staff and faculty and tries - tries to move the needle of awesome-ness in the building.
Zeldes doubles as an academic and practitioner, finding some success. She has a dozen best paper awards from international communication associations and 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for coverage of social justice issues from the Asian American Journalists Association, Edward R. Murrow and Unity awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, two national Best of Festival Awards from the Broadcast Education Association, Top 25 Public Vote recognition for an exhibit in ArtPrize, three regional Emmys ®, and a handful of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press Editors’ Association awards.
ANDREW CELINI -
Andrew Celini is a junior at Michigan State University currently studying Media and Information with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Andrew has worked on several documentaries in the past, mostly focusing on climate change and pollution. In addition to documentary work, Andrew has worked as a professional photographer and freelance videographer for the past 5 years.
OLIVIA HOOVER - Producer
Olivia Hoover is so stoked to be working on Rap On Flint. Hoover has been producing everything from films to hangouts with friends, for as long as she can remember. Thanks to Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, she has had a plethora of opportunities to spread her producing wings and hone her craft. Outside of producing for Rap On Flint and Breed, she co-produces a sketch comedy YouTube show called The Giraffe House, produces a documentary for her documentary capstone class called Bags to Butterflies, creates social media posts for a queer online streaming platform based in Glendale, California called Revry, and she works at Espresso Royale Coffee as a barista. Olivia hopes you enjoy the beautiful stories surrounding MC Breed’s Flint rap and hip hop community, and feel the love and passion of the multiple artists affected by his legacy.
JASON HOWARD - Director of Photography
Jason Howard is a student in MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences Media and Information program. Jason currently works with MSU athletics operating cameras for sports video board shows and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion office as a media specialist. He also is the co-head of the MSU Telecasters group TURN, producing short films with other MSU students. Jason has been in the camera department for projects including short films, features, documentaries, commercials, and live events.
ZOE KISSEL - Website Designer
Zoe Kissel is a filmmaker, artist, and musician specializing in post-production editing, graphic design, and analog film photography. Zoe is currently completing her final semester at Michigan State University, from which she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information, a concentration in Film and Media Production, and a minor in Documentary Production. Zoe is also the co-student leader of MSU TV, Michigan State University’s campus television channel, and works as a freelance video editor and web designer for various films and creative projects. The opportunity to tell a story that post-production presents is her passion in filmmaking.