Awarded Independence Public Media Foundation Grant

Expanding Sanctuary has been awarded a grant from the Independence Public Media Foundation (IPMF)! The Independence Public Media Foundation (IPMF) announces a major investment in the local filmmaking community with grants totaling $1.3 million to filmmakers, festivals, and film organizations, with an emphasis on supporting artists from underrepresented communities, and films with a commitment to social [...]

Joining the CinéSPEAK Editorial Board

The news is out! I'm joining the CinéSPEAK Editorial Board along with Bedatri Choudhury, Hansen Bursic, John Morrison, and Mariam Dembele. The Editorial Collective is composed of passionate filmmakers, journalists and community organizers who will help inform the CinéSPEAK online-only publication, funded with the generous support of the Independence Public Media Foundation. LEARN MORE

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Jury Committee for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short

For the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, I was on the Jury Committee for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short! This year, through the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, we also co-presented the screening of the narrative feature Spider Moth Butterfly and I moderated the Q&A with the cast and crew via the PAAFF Facebook Page.

¡Presente! Media Spotlight on AFROTAINO

AFROTAINO for spotlighting the work of ¡Presente! Media Collective! We produce solutions-based and investigative documentaries and stories rooted in social justice, collaborate with Latinx and communities of color, and provide support for emerging media makers. Along with my brilliant Co-Founders, we answered questions about our inspirations behind the collective. Read more:

BEYOND Philly Collective Design Thinking Sessions

Join BEYOND Philly, a virtual summit presented by the Lenfest Institute. The event is designed to create a collective vision for equitable journalism in Philadelphia. On November 18th from 11AM – 12PM EST, ¡Presente! Media will present a documentary that explores city residents’ information needs and how journalism can rise to increase their agency. Also, I will be part [...]

To My Motherland Screening with SIFT Media 215

On Thursday, October 19th at 7PM EST, join SIFT Media 215 for the last screening of the fall Philadelphia Filmmakers Community Online Screening Series. Catch the 'Calling On The Ancestors' program which includes my Bryn Mawr College thesis film 'To My Motherland,' a personal essay that explores the complexities of immigration to the US and the difficulties of returning [...]

Awarded DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Short Lab

Expanding Sanctuary has been selected for our 2020 DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Shorts Lab! DCTV’s Docu Work-In-Progress Shorts Lab supports select filmmakers with their independent documentary short film currently in post-production, providing dedicated feedback throughout the editing process. It will be facilitated by Chloe Gbai with Darius Clark Monroe joining as the guest for the final [...]