The New Hotness believes in the value of every voice. All of our stories are critical to a prosperous and just society that treats people as equals. The power of storytelling offers an opportunity to build understanding and peace between seemingly disparate communities. We establish our social mission through the projects we develop, inclusive hiring practices, industry mentorship and extensive community engagement.
Tilke Hill holds three degrees in performance including a graduate degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York where she was chosen to participate in their inaugural class. Within the 15 years she has worked in the entertainment sector, she has won multiple awards for her work as an actress, director and producer in over 100 productions across all mediums. In 2017 she received a certificate of recognition for her contributions to the growth of the entertainment industry in Buffalo, NY, was awarded the moniker 'culture cultivator' from Cultivate Cinema Circle and was promoted to Festival Director of the Buffalo International Film Festival - where her dedication to inclusion has been a huge influence to the story of the festival. She also did some other cool stuff in 2017 - wrote a book, directed The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night-Time, had a bunch of acting students book paid, professional jobs, wrote a new series, became a vegan and certifiable yogi.
Lukia Costello is an artist and entrepreneur with over 14 years visual storytelling experience. An award winning photographer, she holds a B.A. in International Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.Her portrait series 'Newcomers', a loving look at WNY's beautiful and growing refugee population was awarded a New York State Council on The Arts Independent Artist Commission and exhibited at the Castellani Art Museum. An international editorial and documentary photographer, her work has been contracted by organization such as The India-US Transplant Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Western New York and Jericho Road Community Health Center. A strong believer in community collaboration she sits on the board of the University Heights Arts Association, contributes her work as a member of Frontline Arts Buffalo and is a proud supporter of The Ukrainian Museum Of Canada, The Ukrainian American Civic Center, Color of Change and Human Rights Campaign.