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Mike Tyner is a filmmaker, high school teacher, and music producer from Washington Heights, New York. Tyner has produced, directed and/or edited over ten films including Malcolmology (2011), a six-part web-series featuring the late Dr. Manning Marable, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.

Mike Tyner teaches filmmaking, script writing, African-American history and a History of Hip-Hop class at Urban Academy High School, in New York City. He is currently developing several feature-length projects, both fiction and non-fiction, including Lefty Changes and the Revolution, a documentary about Mccoy and Jarvis Tyner and their work as Jazz legend and political activist, respectively. He still lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Scarlet.


Karim López is a writer-director, editor and cinematographer from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York. He began making films (on video) when he was ten years old and started teaching himself editing when Final Cut Pro was born. Since then, he has produced, written and/or directed over twenty short films: from original narratives, to documentary and for-hire promotional pieces.

In 2012, Karim edited, shot and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Let Fury Have the Hour, directed by Antonino D'Ambrosio. Fury premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival’s prestigious Spotlight Series, made several top ten lists, and has since played at various festivals in Europe and the U.S. (including Rotterdam International). It was released theatrically in December, 2012 (opening in more than 15 U.S. cities) and online in March.

In the Spring of 2013, Karim teamed up once again with director Daniel Peddle to cut his first narrative feature, Sunset Edge, for which he also served as Director of Photography. Sunset Edge will be doing the U.S. festival circuit in 2014.

Karim and Mike recently submitted their latest narrative short, Poblano (which he wrote, directed and edited) to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and is currently in pre-production on another short, The Last Days of Hustling -- an excerpt from a feature-length screenplay of the same title. Last Days has been accepted into the final round of submission for the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

His work (both professional and original) has screened internationally at numerous festivals, including: the Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Wroclaw Film Festival (Poland), NorthWest Film Festival (Ireland), Brooklyn Arts Council International, Rooftop Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Union Square Awards, H2O International Hip-Hop, ACT Now and others. It has been broadcast on A&E, BBC, the Documentary Channel, Democracy Now and Link TV.