The Team

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Kweighbaye Kotee

Founder, Ceo

Kweighbaye Kotee is a Liberian born, NYC raised entrepreneur, talk show host, writer and filmmaker.  She founded her first company, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) in 2007. Under her leadership, The Bushwick Film Festival has grown from a small community organization to one of Brooklyn’s strongest cinematic events.

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Timur York

Creative Director

Timur is a Bushwick-based artist and designer. Born in the former USSR, as a teen he immigrated with his family to New York to start a new life. His early interest in images led him on the path of artistic explorations, eventually landing him at the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the experience he still holds dear to his heart; and subsequently School of Visual Arts.

Throughout the years Timur’s work garnered awards in both Fine Art and Design industries, opening doors to exciting opportunities, friendships and collaborations. Always a dreamer with goals, he keeps forging ahead, looking for compelling ways to express ideas, and make new friends.

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Nathalie Thomas

Executive Assistant

Nathalie Thomas is a native New Yorker and thrilled to be part of Bushwick Film Festival. An alumni from the Center For Art Education program, Nathalie got her start working in arts administration right out of high school. Since graduation at the top of her class she has gone on to be Miss Teen U.S.A and had the pleasure to work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Nathalie has also danced and worked with Brooklyn-based dance company Nonalee Dance Theatre. Nathalie is currently a member of Brave New World Theatre Repertory Company and also a teacher at Power House Dance Company. She continues to pursue her career in the performance industry.


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Joseph Willwerth

Director of Programming

Joseph Willwerth is the Creative Projects Coordinator for The Bushwick Film Festival. He is a born-and-raised New Englander who moved to New York to earn his BA in film at Hunter College, and stayed to immerse himself in the city’s bustling film industry.
As someone who is always exploring new stories, Joseph stays busy creating short films and writing music outside of work. He can often be found meditating, listening to soul singers, or watching Philip Seymour Hoffman performances on repeat. Joseph lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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Muneeb Hassan

Feature Film Programmer

Muneeb Hassan was born in the city of lights—Karachi, Pakistan—and began writing and directing plays and skits at the age of 7. His Brooklyn College thesis film We Just Met, currently playing festivals, won the best screenplay award at the Chicago International Screenwriting Festival. His prior short films have screened internationally—from India to Tel Aviv to the Ukraine—and on New York television. Other credits include associate producing the feature film The Nearest Human Being and producing a Danish documentary short Left in a Box. He has received a recognition scholarship award from the Motion Picture Editors Guild, where he now works as a training coordinator while editing shorts for other filmmakers. Muneeb has never lost his childhood captivation with storytelling and the moving image and looks forward to continuing to hone his talents.


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Jesse Broome

Website Manager & Digital Strategist

Jesse is a seasoned digital strategist with a successful track record in the planning and delivery of large-scale, web and marketing projects across various industries including healthcare, education, B2B and B2C sales, fashion, and entertainment. His expertise is concentrated on content that brings ideas, concepts, products, and brands to life, implementing a creative spin that perfectly aligns the clients’ vision with the ultimate result. Having worked with clients across several industries, Jesse has the proven track record of setting realistic expectations, creating accurate deadlines and budgets, leading diverse teams, managing client relationships, and delivering consistent results. Jesse currently splits his time between his work in New York City and his wife and daughter in New Jersey.


Amy Chang

Copy Editor

Amy Chang was made in Taiwan, but grew up in Georgia by way of Kansas. She graduated from Brown University with a major in Art Semiotics and is presently an actress based in New York – specifically, the artistic and energetic neighborhood that is Bushwick.

She considers it a bit of serendipity that her upstairs neighbor, the lovely Kweighbaye Kotee, is the founder of the Bushwick Film Festival, and she is honored to join the BFF team as an editor. Recent works she edited include two fantasy novels written by Jaysen Headley, A Love Story for Witches and A Home for Wizards. For acting-related projects, Amy can be seen on Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, and opposite Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) in the horror film Hypothermia. Check out for more details about her work.

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