The Cedars



Starring: Daniela Cruz (born 1990) is a Mexican City native raised in Texas whose work explores themes of time, nature, and the built environment through mediums of sculpture, photography, video, and installation. Cruz’s art explores socio-political issues of identity, race, gender, and class through an eco-focused lens. Follow on Instagram @danielacruz.

Director and Editor: The recipient of a 2022 Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, Boris Tsessarsky directed and co-produced the award-winning hip-hop documentary, The Remedy (2021). He directed King’s Highway: the Story of Malcolm Fairfield (2016), which won the award for Best Director of a Short Documentary at Chain NYC FIlm Festival. In 2018, Boris co-founded—along with PaulA Neves—Parkway North Productions. His most recent film, The Cedars, explores one Dallas artist’s obsession with architectural ruins and trash. It premiered at the 2023 FICIMAD festival in Madrid, Spain where it was awarded Best Cinematography for a Short Documentary. Follow on Instagram @btsessarsky, @parkwaynorthproductions.

Producer: PaulA Neves is a Luso-American poet, filmmaker and educator whose work explores first generation American and immigrant experience, artists’ communities, gender, queerness, and the confluence of urban and natural environments. The recipient of the 2020 NJ Poets Prize from the Journal of NJ Poets, fellowships from the City of Newark, NYFA, Canto Mundo,, and others, paulA is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Passaic (Get Fresh Books 2024) and co-founder of Parkway North Productions, co-producing with Boris Tsessarsky The Cedars as well as the award-winning documentary The Remedy (2021) about two NJ hip hop artists/musicians. Follow on Instagram @itinerantmuse and @parkwaynorthproductions.