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Artist

M is a visual storyteller working in cinema, writing, photography, and public art. Her films and writing combine a fictional and documentary narrative approach. Wired magazine called M a "filmmaker provocateur." PALM TREES DOWN 3rd ST. won the Adrienne Shelly Award and was called "a masterpiece" by Film Threat. The award-winning sci-fi MOONLESS was reviewed by Stigmart/Videofocus13. Obsidian Theater Festival produced and staged her play A METAPHOR IN 3 ACTS.

 

Flourishing Films represents her films which are screened around the world. M moves through scriptwriting, poetry, playwriting, and fiction writing. Writings published in Forum Magazine, Obsidian Journal, Alternative Litas, and Undertone Mag include poetry, essay, and playwriting. Short and feature scripts have been official selections at Slamdance, Windy City International Film Festival, Silent River Screenplay Competition, The International Gullah Film Festival, and the Cindependent Film Festival. 

 

Indigo Impact was founded in 2016 to produce impactful left-of-center documentaries, fiction narratives, art projects, and community campaigns. As a total cultural worker and hood educator, she sits on the board of School of the Alternative, offering affordable non-hierarchical arts education. Other classes on cinema studies are taught in open virtual and public space to advance discussions on the future of Black cinema. Curricula include: SCREENWRITING ROOTED IN DECOLONIZATION AND ABSTRACT THINKING, THE PRINCIPLES of GOOD STORY, BLACK FILM as PROTEST, and the 101 ESSENTIAL BLACK FILMS.

 

Practicing "autonomy first," her artist's role is not to disrupt but interrupt the signal to noise, propaganda imagery, and missive narratives. Her work, process, and narratives aim to center Black, Indigenous, and marginalized lives, experiences, and spirit. Her first feature, ELEPHANT, is in post-production. She can be found on Yelamu land named by settlers as San Francisco, kicking around the fog.

m@mariaaj.com

@mariaajudice

 

CalArts, San Francisco, Adrienne Shelly Directing Award, Dance, Comedy, Clowning, Hollywood Blast, Indigo Impact, BAWIFM, WFI, WFilm, Autonomous Filmmaking, San Francisco, Producer, MATATU