Awarded MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute Visiting Fellowship

I'm an 2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute Visiting Fellow workshopping Expanding Sanctuary. We'll also be discussing collaborative filmmaking and community media practices. This hybrid artistic-academic experience combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the fulfillment of mentoring the next generation of practitioners in the beautiful setting of Saratoga Springs. The institute brings together professional artists, [...]

“Queering Latinx” Fireside Chat at the University of Pennsylvania

On March 24th at 6PM EST, I'll be in conversation with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author of The Undocumented Americans! The fireside chat titled "Queering Latinx: Imagining Inclusive Urban Space" is moderated by Kareli Lizarraga, Associate Director for the Center of Hispanic Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the Transdisciplinary Urbanism in Times [...]

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

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 [...]