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2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows

  1. 1. Diego Bragà Diego Bragà was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil and lives in Lisbon. Diego is a non-binary artist who began their studies through dance. They lock themselves in the office and dances frantically every day. Diego received a lot of Love from their Ancestors, one of them dressed as a witch and chased them around the house. Diego tries to listen to the Universe, striving for a fluid, magical and beautiful future ahead. What film have you seen the most? Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Describe your community in three words Inspiring, Courageous, Queer Diego's Film: Think About The Beautiful Future Instagram: @diegobragagal
  2. 2. Karina Dandashi Karina Adriana Dandashi is a Syrian-American Muslim writer, director, and actress based in Brooklyn, NY. Her films aim to explore nuances in identity through the intersection of family, religion, and culture in SWANA and Muslim communities in America. Karina is the 2021 Silver Sun Diverse Voices Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center where she is currently in post-production on her next narrative short. If you could work with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Kaouther Ben Hania Who would you case to play you in a film? Sheila Vand Karina's Film: Short Shorts Instagram: @KarinaDandashi
  3. 3. Dylan Gee Dylan Gee is a half-Chinese, half-Caucasian filmmaker. In 2019, she graduated from NYU’S Tisch with a B.F.A. in Film + Television Production. Through film, she’s interested in making sense of the absurdities around us. Dylan currently works at Anonymous Content and formerly worked at Angry Hero Entertainment. She’s working on an upcoming short and writing her first feature length film. She’s also obsessed with chess. What is the best piece of advice you have been given? “You have to know where the funny is, if you know where the funny is, you know everything.” Who would you case to play you in a film? Aubrey Plaza Dylan's Film: The Hostess Instagram: @dygeezy
  4. 4. Justice Jamal Jones Justice Jamal Jones (He/They) is a filmmaker, actor, and writer based in New York City. Jones is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Arts Therapy for “Marginalized” Groups. As a self-proclaimed Black queer alchemist, they integrate Black Feminist and Queer theory into their art alongside Black diasporic spiritual practices, transforming everyday mundane western occurrences and conjuring them into serendipitous collisions of progressive storytelling, that center the marginalized. Recently their debut film How To Raise A Black Boy has been recognized at Cleveland International Film Festival, Outfest Fusion Film Festival, and at Atlanta Film Festival, where Jones won "Filmmaker to Watch.'" The film also had its digital premiere with NOWNESS. Justice is also the founder of Rainbow Farm Productions (Rainbowfarmprod.com), and they are developing their first feature film Crossroads Blues. What film have you seen the most? The Wiz (1978) What is the best piece of advice you have been given? The greatest thing that you’ll learn is just to love, and to be loved in return. Justice's Film: How to Raise a Black Boy Instagram: @justicejamaljones
  5. 5. Dubheasa Lanipekun Dubheasa is a South London-based writer, director, and producer working across film and theatre. She is a co-founder of failsafe, an arts collective focusing on the importance of embracing failure in the creative process and also aims to bring opportunities to other budding young creatives. Dubheasa currently works in photography-based arts education and on independent films while writing and directing her own work in between projects. Who would you cast to play you in a film? Katt Williams If you could work with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Jimi Hendrix Dubheasa's Film: Blue Corridor 15 Instagram: @sunzy_dee
  6. 6. Lindiwe Makgalemele Lindiwe Makgalemele is a South African filmmaker based in the United Kingdom. She is a graduate of Harvard University with an honour’s degree in History and Science and a minor in Romance Languages and Literature. Her short film, The Town, has just began its festival run. Lindiwe is interested in stories that celebrate the small, intimate, and spectacular moments that make up people’s lives, particularly those of black and African women. She is currently completing a master’s degree at the University of Oxford and developing a short she intends to shoot this fall. What film have you seen the most? The Parent Trap Describe your community in three words. Young, Gifted, Black Lindiwe's Film: The Town Instagram: @lindiwemakgalemele
  7. 7. Maliyamungu Gift Muhande Maliyamungu Gift Muhande is a Congolese Documentary filmmaker and Artist based in New York City. In 2020 she Directed a 6-week, film program for under-represented teens in Monticello, NY. From that program came her documentary-in-progress Near Broadway, co-created with her students, about their lives in the economically depressed town and in the U.S. as it exists today. Muhande's short documentary on the 80-year-old African American New York City street photographer, Louis Mendes, was screened in the fall of 2020 as part of the Doc NYC film festival and was selected by the National Board of Review. She is currently working on expanding this short into a feature film. Who would you cast to play you in a film? Alfree Woodard What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Film everything. Maliyamungu's Film: Nine Days a Week Instagram: @congolesetraveler
  8. 8. Natalie Murao Natalie Murao is a yonsei, fourth generation Japanese Canadian, filmmaker from Vancouver. She received a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University. Her work explores themes of generational disconnect, personal memory, and communication. Her latest short film, No More Parties (2020), was selected for Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent program at Clermont-Ferrand and is now available to watch on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of their Community Impact shelf. Describe your community in three words. Always evolving together If you could work with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Edward Yang Natalie's Film: No More Parties Instagram: @natmurao
  9. 9. Marilyn Oliva As a first-generation Latina filmmaker hailing from the Bay Area with an educational background in Anthropology, Latinx Studies, and Documentary Media, Marilyn Oliva is an independent documentary and experimental filmmaker. Her experimental films explore the diversity of Latina/o/x communities and lives, often using oral indigenous histories. Furthermore, her documentary films explore how the Latina/o/x community navigates several U.S. social, political, and economic institutions. What film have you seen the most? Selena Who would you cast to play you in a film? Alexa Demie Marilyn's Film: Plantas Sin Fronteras Instagram: @artistaoliva
  10. 10. Juanita Umana Juanita is a filmmaker from Bogota, Colombia based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her films and documentaries explore the personal and subtle moments of family life with a focus on social commentary. When she’s not directing or writing her own films, she enjoys working as a camera assistant and production assistant. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? If you want good things to happen, you have to change your mindset and make yourself believe that it will happen. Describe your community in three words. Unconditional supporting love Juanita's Film: Before the World Was Big Instagram: @juanita_umana

Meet the 2021 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows.

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