I've been offline for about a year to do some self-reflection and soul searching. I also took a huge break from the arts to relax and focus on personal relationships in my life.
In the meanwhile, I have an exciting new collaboration with Brown Girl Magazine coming soon, my short non-fiction piece will be published in their anthology.
I am also working with a St. Louis non-profit organization to perform a piece for the April 2020 concert fundraiser on Earth Day to raise funds for a new environmentally-conscious collective school and building to be constructed in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information when available.
I plan to perform Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life again and will accept bookings or inquiries.
Being a selected participant at the HowlRound Deaf Theatre conference in Boston in the spring of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was selected to screen at Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival in Los Angeles in the summer of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was also specially selected as part of Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago in the fall of 2019.
Thanks for your support!
Have a great 2020!!!
We Are Moving Stories, a fantastic website that focuses on women filmmakers, interviewed me and asked me a few questions about making Deaf Brown Gurl and why I wanted to make it.
Read the interview here and be sure to like / follow We Are Moving Stories on social media!
My short Navajo-ASL poetry video, Wild Whispers: New Mexico, which I performed, filmed, and edited, was screened at Swindon International Poetry Festival in Swindon, England today. It was part of a large poetry film collaborative project spearheaded by Elephant's Footprint, with funding from Arts Council of England. Here are some tweets below about the event.
I was given an award by the jury panel at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival for my sign-language short poetry film Deaf Brown Gurl. It was selected as a Jury Award. I was flabbergasted and floored but I feel so incredibly lucky and proud. I love to make movies and it always feels so good to receive some sort of validation from a group of industry professionals who have worked in Hollywood for many years.
I had an incredible opportunity to speak to students at California State University-Northridge in Los Angeles today. I gave a talk about my works as a deaf filmmaker and discussed how I got into filmmaking, and I offered some helpful advice and suggestions. It was great to meet all the professors and students. I feel lucky to share my voice with others.
New York International Fringe Festival
October 20, 21, 23, 27 (various times)
Buy tickets online below to see me perform in "Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life"
Oct 20, Saturday at 7:30pm
Oct 21, Sunday at 7pm
Oct 23, Tuesday at 4:45pm
Oct 27, Saturday at 1:15pm
685 Washington Street
(corner of Charles Street)
New York, NY 10014
My short sign-language poetry film, Deaf Brown Gurl, has been accepted at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Los Angeles, California! Deaf Brown Gurl, along with other shorts and features, will be screened at the Wilshire in Beverly Hills over the course of 3 days on September 27-30, 2018. I am so excited and proud to be part of this fantastic festival. Thank you to the organizers for picking my film. I'll see you all in Los Angeles!
Women Cinemakers, an online magazine based in Italy, has interviewed me about making Deaf Brown Gurl and asked many questions about the process of filmmaking and why/how I made the film. I believe the interview might be interesting for many of you who have followed my works for years.
You can read the article (my interview starts on page 164-165)
I have already announced it a few weeks ago on my social media, but I'll say it again: I am very happy and pleased to inform everyone that my show Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life was selected by a juried panel to perform at New York International Fringe Festival 2018. I will be given 5 shows to perform in Manhattan, New York.
I will post more information with show dates and venue.
Any organizations, schools and colleges in New York City-- please be aware, if you are interested in having me give a talk or workshop, you can contact me through my website. I am happy to share my art and knowledge with as many people as possible.
See you in New York City!
My performance of Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life was a great success at the DEAFinitions Conference at Hampshire College. It was one of my biggest audiences to date and I received so much great feedback from audience members. So I am very happy and I feel accomplished. Here are some photos (credit: Junior Gardner).