Creative Edge Collaborative
Board of Trustees
The F.O.F Board of trustees is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our film and media industry.
Pierre Walcott is a proud graduate of Howard University’s School of Business where he majored in Finance. His interest in finance and entrepreneurship has always been about rebuilding the economic core of local communities through human creativity and imagination.
As a resident of Prince George's County, over time, Pierre became concerned that the unique stories that shaped his early life, narratives from the African diaspora, were not being uplifted and made available in traditional movie houses in the county. In an effort to correct this problem, in February of 2010, Pierre won community support to bring Haile Gerima’s film, TEZA to Regal Royale movie theater at University Town Center, Hyattsville MD, during Black History Month celebrations. It was an overwhelming success for filmmaker, venue and community residents.
This success eventually led to the formation of Creative Edge Collaborative as a leading change agent that collaborates with strategic partners to cultivate Prince George’s County as a hub of film and media production, education and exhibition. Throughout the county and beyond, Creative Edge nurtures and connects film and digital creatives, and leads the call for infrastructure and resources that will ensure their vital ongoing presence.
Talaya Grimes it CEO of T Muse Media (www.tmusemedia.com). She has worked on productions for Discovery Channel (Production Coordinator/Cha-Ching Money Makers TV; National Geographic (Assoc. Producer) Educational Video; and Smithsonian Networks (Operations/Men Who Brought the Dawn & Dream Windows documentaries). She also has worked with independent filmmakers Jennifer Fox’s American Love Story (Outreach Producer) and Adrena Ifill’s documentary Congressman Robert Smalls(Associate Producer) both documentaries aired on PBS stations.
Currently she is working with clients to produce the short film “N.O.S.” on mental disorders, youth and strict religious upbringing for Third Person Omniscient Productions; the play “The Woman Who Would be King" a one-woman show written and performed by Esosa E. that chronicles the journey of Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt; and the documentary, TEACH for The Literacy Project, on Freedom Schools of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement; and development and research of new projects for Sutton Hoo Studios.
She is Chair and Secretary and Manager for the Creative Edge Collaborative, a film and digital media collaborative. She is a former Board Member of Women in Film International and Women in Film and Video of Washington, DC.
Talaya earned her B.A. in Government & Politics with a Spanish Minor from the University of Maryland in College Park and her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University in New York City.
Carleton is the Head of Library Media Services, University of Maryland. He is UMD faculty and manages a library and staff specializing in physical and digital media collections, media conservation, information & technology assistance, curricular planning, media integration and video production. He is active in the American Library Association and CCUMC: Leadership in Media and Academic Technology; also a member of the International Documentary Association and International Association for Media and History. He has served on advisory boards of The National Media Market,CCUMC, Alexander Street Press, Creative Edge Studio Collaborative and the University of Maryland Alumni Association iSchool Chapter.
An Emmy and multiple Telly award winning producer, writer, director and President of TVA Media and TVA Productions,Ltd.(TVA) Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in a multi-lingual Afro-Caribbean household, Miriam’s pride in her roots is the foundation upon which her production career is built. She creates content with multi-cultural audiences in mind and tells their stories genuinely, often imbued with the engaging culture and continuing evolution in today’s global society. TVA was created in 1993 as a DC area film & video production company. In addition, Machado-Luces went on to develop programming for BET, BET Jazz, BET International, BET Event Productions and BETJ. TriniVene Tribe is a documentary about the history of a Afro-Caribbean/Latino family with ties to Venezuela, Trinidad and United States.
Craig Herndon is a retired Professor of Multimedia Studies at Howard University. Craig is an independent filmmaker and photographer. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Creative Edge Studio Collaborative. Craig taught Visual Communication and Photojournalism in the Howard Journalism Department.
Craig served as a photojournalist and editor at The Washington Post newspaper for 32 years. He was the Founding CEO of picSmart, an online marketplace for photojournalistic images. He produced and directed two experimental documentaries- Honey Child and Translumination- in addition to his current work- What is News and Monument.
Craig Herndon is a native Washingtonian is married, and has five children and four grandchildren.
(B.A.– Philosophy, Howard, 1970; M.A.- Digital Art, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), 2004; M.F.A.- Photography and Digital Imaging, MICA, 2005)