Greisy Genoa ‘18 (she/they) graduated from DePauw in 2018 and is a multidisciplinary storyteller, who explores and honors the connection between folklore and nostalgia as it appears in the hyphenated Dominican experience. They have been published in the anthologies “Women of Eve’s Garden” by A Gathering of the Tribes Press, “Ritmo Que Late” and "Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla" from the Dominican Writers Association, and Sarah Lawrence College’s “Lumina Journal.” Greisy studied folklore at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago de Los Caballeros, studied Creative Writing with renowned Spanish writer Gabriela Llanos and taught screenwriting at Cinema Boreal in Santo Domingo.
Greisy is a poet and filmmaker from Queens, N.Y., with a bachelor’s in English Writing and Film Studies from DePauw University. Their film work was featured at the Femujer! Film Festival in Santo Domingo and their short, “Si Ardiera La Ciudad,” won first place for the “Dominicans in the Diaspora” short film competition of the 2020 Dominican Film Festival in New York. Greisy has also produced “Stories of the Diaspora," a series dedicated to capturing the narratives of multi-generational Dominicans in New York.
Watch the “Si Arderia La Ciudad” Trailer:
"Si Arderia La Ciudad" Trailer from Greisy Genao on Vimeo.
Poetry and Writings:
This piece is titled Kids Crying: Niños Llorando. This is an archival video with the voices and crys of children who have been separated from their families and put into detention centers. One can hear the crys and desperation of these children wanting to see their family members but the “law” does not allow that. I also incorporated audio footage of other children reading excerpts of written statements of the experiences of the children being detained. The reason why there are no actual recordings of these children being interviewed and only written statements is because cameras are not allowed inside the detention center and these inhumane conditions these children are living in are being hidden. This idea of incorporating other children reading excerpts of the children being detained allowed for the audience to connect to the piece on a deeper level and really reflect and recognize our privilege. I consider this archival piece an emotional video that some may find difficult to listen to because of the consent cries for help these children are seeking and that trauma that is being created by ICE agents (immigration and customs enforcement agents). I incorporated English but also Spanish subtitles because it was important for me not only for the English speakers to understand but also acknowledge the Spanish speakers in having a form of representation for them as I myself am a Spanish speaker. Finally the reason I chose the title Kids Crying: Niños Llorando was because as an audience most people might think “oh it’s just kids crying” over not getting what they want etc. but as one listens there’s an element of surprise because one realizes it’s much deeper than kids crying but children crying for help.
Winner of the 2021 Prindle Prize for Ethics for the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts
Director/Producer JP Olsen serves as the director of the Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Prior to working at DePauw, Olsen worked as a writer, journalist, filmmaker, producer, television executive, musician, and educator.
“Monochromatic Dreams” is a poetic short documentary that follows multimedia installation artist Yvette Mayorga as she produces work in her Chicago studio for an upcoming show at MASS Gallery in Austin, Texas. "Monochromatic Dreams" is directed by Kristen Nutile, JP Olsen, and Brian Zahm. Original Score by Natalia Perez.
Watch the trailer here:
MONOCHROMATIC DREAMS (English Trailer) from BRIAN ZAHM on Vimeo.