|Independent View: Biographies & Production Credits|
Alexis Lezin, Host
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, actress Lezin has appeared with numerous renowned Bay Area companies, including Denis Johnson's Hellhound on my Trail; and Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories with Campo Santo; Bake Sale with The Fifth Floor; Sam Shepard's Icarus' Mother with The Magic Theater; and Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown with Theatreworks. She has provided the voices for dozens of cartoons, and can be heard regularly as Poko, The Homemaker, and Fertilidad in Piki & Poko, which airs weekly on the Internet. Her lead role in a film entitled, Sleep Come Free Me, helped earn the film audience choice awards in film festivals in Berlin, Austin and San Francisco. She is also the recipient of the SF Weekly's Black Box Award in 1998. She appeared in Theatre Rhinoceros' production of Eugene Ionesco's classic play Rhinoceros in the leading role of Berenger in January 2001.
Michael Fox, Correspondent
Fox is a Bay Area journalist and critic who has written about film and the arts for more than 30 regional and national publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Independent (New York) and SF Weekly. He teaches film at the University of California at Berkeley's Extension Program and moderates the monthly Camera Cinema Club (San Jose/Los Gatos). He is also the associate publisher of Film/Tape World, a monthly Bay Area industry publication.
Rubén Martinez, Correspondent
Martinez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, poet and performer. He is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and is a former co-host of KCET-TV's politics and culture series, Life and Times. "His The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond," a collection of essays and poetry, won widespread critical acclaim. He has been a guest commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and is the former news editor of the L.A. Weekly. Currently, he is a correspondent for WNET-TV's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.
Erika Dalya Muhammad, Correspondent
Muhammad is a correspondent for Oxygen Media's daily program, Pure Oxygen. She teaches and writes about film, music, television, contemporary art, new media and how digital technologies are transforming issues of race and ethnicity. Muhammad has worked in curatorial positions at both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image. Her writing has appeared in Ms. Magazine, index, The Independent Film and Video Monthly and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the cinema studies at New York University.
B. Ruby Rich, Correspondent
A working critic and longtime cultural theorist, Rich is a regular contributor to countless publications, including The New York Times, the Village Voice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Advocate, and Sight & Sound, UK, among others. She lectures widely, is a frequent radio commentator and holds an associate professor post at The University of California at Berkeley. Rich's book, "Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement," was published by Duke University Press in 1998.
Xandra Castleton, Series Producer
Xandra Maria Castleton immigrated to the Bay Area for the MFA program in cinema at San Francisco State, and felt right at home within the diverse independent film community here. She was the founder and director of El Rio Outdoor Cinema, an alternative film-screening venue in San Francisco. She co-produced and co-directed a television series on high-tech start-up companies called Wild At Start -- High Tech Adventures and the American Dream, and was a freelance independent producer before coming to work on Independent View in September 1999. Her films, videos and installation works have been primarily non-fiction, and greatly inspired by her experiences growing up in Brazil, New England and West Africa. Her next documentary is Orange Sunshine, the true story of a former LSD chemist and his daughter, both of whom struggle within the shadows of the hopes and the freedoms of the peace and love generation.
Tamara Gould, Executive Producer
In addition to executive producing Independent View, Gould executive produces This Week in Northern California on KQED and is also developing several new projects for KQED. Before joining KQED this year, Gould was the associate director of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). She also served as BAVC’s education director, managing a workshop program in technology, video and the Web with over 600 classes annually. Gould has taught film studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the College of Notre Dame, and is a former Fulbright Scholar. Gould received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in film studies from UC-Santa Cruz.
Jack Walsh, Executive Producer
Walsh is an independent filmmaker and producer who joined KQED in 1999 as executive producer. His credits include Independent View, which he also developed; Season by Season, a cooking series with Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello; and And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking, a behind-the-scenes look at San Francisco Opera’s production that premiered in the fall of 2000. Prior to joining KQED, Walsh was station manager for KTOP-TV in Oakland, where he produced 15 television series and three award-winning, live musical productions. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, with recognition from the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, the Atlanta Film and Video Festival and the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.