One of the most influential Black women in technology is a figment of our collective imagination. Mavis Beacon was invented by the Co-Founder of Myspace to sell the world’s most popular typing software, but the real woman she was modeled after, Renée L’Espérance, disappeared in 1995. Seeking Mavis Beacon poses critical questions regarding anthropomorphization and the consumption of marginalized bodies in the tech industry, while reimagining the legacy of a missing woman.
About The Team
Jazmin Jones (Director) is a Brooklyn-based, Bay Area raised visual storyteller and thot leader with BUFU: By Us For Us. Her aim is to build platforms for more vibrant and nuanced representation of the marginalized communities she’s a part of. Working across visual mediums, her projects often echo personal experiences as a queer, Black femme waging intimacy in the Post-Internet era. She’s been granted the Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Association of Education, the Fair Use Award from the Media That Matters Film Festival, a Civic Arts and Humanities Fellowship with the Flaherty Film Seminar and was recently featured in SFMoMa’s Raw Materials podcast. In 2015, Jazmin co-founded BUFU: a project-based collective interested in solidarity amongst Us, co-creating experimental models of organizing with You. The collective was awarded Eyebeam’s 2017 Trust Residency and are 2020 residents with the Brooklyn Community Foundation Incubator Project.
Guetty Felin (Producer) is an award-winning independent filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in New York, she holds an MFA from the University of Paris School of Cinema. Throughout her career, Felin has worked on factual and narrative films for European and American television. Her films explore haunting themes such as memory, exile, foreignness, and the unending search for home while interconnecting our common global humanities. She produced and co-curated the critically-acclaimed Haiti on Screen in 2004 to celebrate Haiti’s bicentennial. She also helped to launch Haiti’s Film Festival Jakmèl in 2004. In 2007, she launched BelleMoon Productions, a U.S.-based company that since has been the producing entity of all of her works. In 2014, the Women’s Film Institute honored her as one of the most vital figures in film, television, and media in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her 2016 drama Ayiti Mon Amour explores the intertwined lives of three people in Haiti five years after an earthquake. The film premiered in Toronto and won the Best Feature Narrative Award at the 2017 BlackStar Film Festival. The film has traveled to over 40 festivals around the world and was Haiti’s first ever entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Category for the 2018 Academy Awards. Besides producing Seeking Mavis Beacon Guetty is also in pre-production phase of her upcoming narrative A Rooster On The Fire Escape.
Olivia McKayla Ross (Associate Producer) is an 18-year-old Caribbean-American video artist, programmer, and poet from Queens, New York City. Her work is inspired by the relationship between electronic video and vanity, deep fantasy, Instagram filters, glamour magic, mirrors, and the fantasies and anxieties of video transmission: immersion, absorption, surveillance, and control. She hopes her practice as a cyber doula will encourage her generation to nurture a critical relationship with technology. She is a recent alum of the School for Poetic Computation and has taught at Black Girls Code, BUFU, POWRPLNT, Ethel’s Club, Hacking Hustling, and Pioneer Works. Her work has been featured in Well Now WTF, Transfer Gallery, Bitch Media, i-D UK, and i-D Italy.
Seeking Mavis Beacon is a Cinereach grantee.