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M. Asli Dukan is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist who works primarily in the genres of speculative fiction as a subversive artistic and liberatory practice. She has screened at numerous film festivals in North America including the Newark International Film Festival, the Imagenation Film and Music Festival, the Langston Hughes Film Festival, the Blackstar Film Festival and at T.O. Webfest in Toronto, Canada. In 2017, her mixed-media, augmented-reality installation, the “Resistance Time Portal”, which centered Black radicalism in a futuristic narrative, made its debut in the Distance≠Time exhibition at the Icebox Project Space. In 2019, her experimental speculative fiction video, Memories from the Future, was a selection of Open Video Call for the spring/summer exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of several grants, awards and fellowships, including a 2016 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, a 2016 NBPC 360 fellowship from Black Public Media, a 2018 Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund, a 2018 Flaherty Seminar fellowship and a 2019 Sachs Program for Arts Innovation grant. In 2018, she completed Resistance: the battle of philadelphia, a near-future web series about a community’s struggle against surveillance and state violence. She is in production on Invisible Universe, a documentary about Black creators in speculative fiction. She is also in development on the anthology horror film, Skin Folk, based on the book by Nalo Hopkinson. She holds an MFA from the City University of New York and currently resides and teaches in Philadelphia.

Selected Filmography

  • Invisible Universe: SD|HD|4K, feature documentary, expected: 2020, producer|director|writer
  • Memories from the Future: HD, 6 min, 2019, producer|director|writer|editor
  • Resistance: the battle of philadelphia: HD, 40 min, 6 part short form web series, 2018, producer|director|writer|editor
  • Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): HD, 5 min, 2017, producer|director|writer|editor
  • M.O.M.M.: HD, 13 min, 2011, producer|director|writer|editor
  • 73: HD, 13 min, 2008, producer|director|writer|editor
  • Do You Mind, Artist: Hanifah Walidah: HD, 4:24 min, music video, 2008, producer|director
  • Boot, Artist: Tamar-kali: HD, 2:43 min, music video, 2006, producer|director
  • Orishas: SD, 13 min, 2001, producer|director|writer|editor
  • Sleeping on a train in Motion: 16mm, 30 min, 1999, producer|director|writer|editor

Selected Screenings

Memories from the Future

  • BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1-4 Aug 2019

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (6 part web series)

  • T.O. Webfest, Toronto, Canada, 11-14 July 2019, WINNER: Diversity Story Spotlight Award
  • BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2-5 Aug 2018
  • OnyxCon Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, 24-26 Aug 2018
  • Newark International Film Festival, Newark, New Jersey, 7-9 Sep 2018
  • MECCAcon International Film Festival, Detroit, Michigan, 12-15 Sep 2018

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue)

  • The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 Nov 2018
  • Blerd City Con, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, 14 July 2018
  • Philadelphia Assembled (curated screening), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sep – Dec 2017
  • Afropunk After Dark presents Far Out Black: An Evening of Short Films (curated screening), Brooklyn, New York, 26 Aug 2017
  • BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 Aug 2017

Invisible Universe (excerpt)

  • Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art and Worldmaking conference, UCSD, San Diego, California, 3-5 June 2016
  • Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, 26-29 Apr 2007

M.O.M.M.

  • Octavia E. Butler: Celebration of the Fantastic Arts celebration, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 21 Mar 2013

Orishas, 73, M.O.M.M. 

  • MALI Women’s Film & Performance Art conference, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Austin, Texas, 26-30 May 2011

73

  • Imagenation Film & Music Festival, Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, New York City, June 2008

Visual and Performance

Memories from the Future

  • On the way to the Moon, True Turn Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 7 Jun 2019
  • Open Video Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 Apr-11 Aug 2019
  • 20/92 Video Festival, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14-16 Mar 2019
  • See(d) the Future, VAE Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina, 8 Mar – 26 Apr 2019

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia

  • Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (Episode 1), Video Commission, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March – Apr 2018

Resistance Time Portal

  • Resistance Time Portal (multi-media, AR installation), Distance≠Time exhibition, “Time Camp 001”, co-presented by Black Quantum Futurism, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 Sep – 12 Oct 2017

Selected Presentations

  • Queer + Black + Speculative Filmmaking in Philadelphia | Methodologies of Art History | Visiting Artist | Stony Brook University | Long Island, NY | 26 Sep 2018
  • Black SF Filmmakers 2018 | SPECULATIONS | Programmer, Moderator | Blerd City Con | Brooklyn, NY | 14 July 2018
  • Making Radical SF Films | BlackStar Filmmaker Symposium | Presentation | BlackStar Film Festival | Philadelphia, PA | 3 Aug 2017
  • Exploring the Invisible Universe | Afrofuturism and Social Justice Conference | Presentation | Connecticut College, New London, CT | 4 Nov 2016
  • Looking Back at Octavia E. Butler | Shaping Change Conference | Presentation | University of California at San Diego | San Diego, CA | 3-5 June 2016
  • What is the Invisible Universe? | Laser Life: Queer Sci-Fi | Presentation | Lava Space | Philadelphia, PA | 04 Mar 2016
  • African American Speculative Fiction Writers Infographic | Academy at Palumbo | Presentation | Philadelphia, PA | 21 Dec 2015
  • The Invisible Universe in Speculative Fiction Film | TransformDH (Transformative Digital Humanities) | Presentation | University of Maryland | College Park, MD | 2-3 Oct 2015
  • The White Fantastic Imagination and The Invisible Universe | The SF We Don’t See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media | The Science Fiction Research Association | Guest of Honor presentation | Stony Brook, NY | 25-27 Jun 2015
  • The White Fantastic Imagination and The Invisible Universe | Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism Conference | Presentation | Essex County College | Newark, NJ | 11 Mar 2015
  • Brown Girl in the Ring/Voodoo and Zombies in Popular Media | The Shadows Took Shape | Presentation | The Studio Museum in Harlem | New York, NY | 15 Dec 2013
  • The Science Fiction Novels of Octavia E. Butler | M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Art Conference | Presentation | Carver Museum & Cultural Center | Austin, TX | 27 May 2011
  • An Octavia E. Butler Memorial Tribute | Presentation | Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, NY | 7 May 2006
  • What is the Invisible Universe? | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention | Presentation | The African American Museum | Philadelphia, PA | 19-20 May 2006

Selected Panels

  • “Beyond Wakanda: The Resurgence of the Contemporary Black Reality & Future”, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 Aug 2018 (90 minutes, panel)
  • Future of Philadelphia Storytelling”, New Frontier Day Lab and Intensive, Sundance Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 Aug 2017 (90 minute panel)
  • qFlix Philadelphia, film festival juror, Philadelphia, PA, 5-10 July 2016 and 14-19 March 2017
  • The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), The Heruica Character Creation Award, judge, Philadelphia, PA, 2016 and 2017
  • “Filming the Future”, Ferguson is the Future: Incubating Alternative Worlds through Arts, Activism and Scholarship, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 14 Sep 2015
  • “ECBACC at the Movies”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, The Enterprise Center, Philadelphia, PA, 16 May 2015
  • “Conversation with Nalo Hopkinson”, Fire & Ink!, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, 9 Oct 2009
  • “Full Spectrum: The Entrepreneurs”, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, New York, NY, 16 May 2009
  • “Black Comics”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19-20 May 2007
  • “Black Sci-Fi Soul”, Imagenation Film and Music Festival, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, 25 Aug 2006
  • Black Vampirism symposium, Organizer, The Invisible Universe Speculative Fiction Conference, (Special guest: L. A. Banks), The City College of New York, New York, NY, 2006
  • “Black Sci-Fi Comics”, Big Apple Comic Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York, NY, 25 June 2006
  • “Black Sci-Fi”, Black Writers Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 7 Feb 2005
  • “Black Sci-Fi”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 14 May 2005
  • “Black to the Future”, Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA, 13 June 2004

Journal Publications

Honors and Awards

  • Leeway Foundation – Window of Opportunity Grant, 2019
  • The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation Grant, 2019
  • The Flaherty Seminar – Philadelphia Foundation Fellow, 2018
  • Scribe – Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund, 2018
  • Leeway  Foundation – Transformation Award, 2016
  • Black Public Media – NBPC 360 Fellow, 2016, Mentor: Arthur Jafa
  • Leeway Foundation – Art and Change Grant, 2016
  • The City University of New York Fellowship, 2014
  • Leeway Foundation – Art and Change Grant, 2014
  • Kitchen Table Giving Circle Grant, 2012
  • Urban Artist Initiative Grant, 2009

Work and Teaching Experience

  • The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Spring 2019 – Lecturer – Video I
  • The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – Fall 2018 – Senior Lecturer – Intro to Video Production
  • Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, PA – Dec 2017-Jan 2018 – Instructor – Webadelphia: Producing a web series in Philadelphia
  • The City College of New York, New York, NY – Sep 2001-Jan 2017 – Lab Technician – Media and Communication Arts Department
  • The City College of New York – New York, NY – Summer 2012 – Adjunct Lecturer – Media & Communication Arts Department
  • The City College of New York – New York, NY – Fall 2010 – Adjunct Lecturer – Media & Communication Arts Department

Education

  • MFA, Media and Communication Arts, The City University of New York, May 1999

Thesis: Sleeping on a train in Motion, 16mm, color, 30 minutes
Adviser: Ayoka Chenzira

  • BA, Media Arts Production, New Jersey City University, May 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • Scribe Video Center, 2017-present
  • The BlackStar Film Festival, 2016-present
  • Independent Feature Project, 2010-present
  • New York Women in Film and Television, 2010-present
  • Black Documentary Collective, 2008-present
  • Fractured Atlas, 2005-present

Professional Service

Mizan Media Productions, LLC, Principal, 2000-present

Selected Community Service

  • NYC Parks Department, Capoeira instructor, New York, 1999-2014
  • NWMAF, Capoeira instructor (annual camp), Chicago, 2006
  • Girls, Inc., Capoeira instructor, New York, 2004 & 2005
  • The Door, Capoeira instructor, New York, 2000-2001

Languages

  • English: Native Language
  • Portuguese: Intermediate Listener, Speaker, Reading and Writing

Computer Skills

  • Applications: Adobe Creative Cloud; Final Cut Studio; Avid Media Composer 7; Final Draft; Gorilla Film Production Software; Shot Designer; WordPress; MAMP
  • Platforms: OS X, Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome OS, mobile (iOS, Android)

Other

  • ABADA-Capoeira, instructor, (Afro-Brasilian martial art), 1999-prs.
  • Group aerobics instructor, (NYSC), 2001-2011
  • AFAA, certified group exercise instructor, 2001-2011
  • CPR (Adult/Child), AED, First Aid certifications, 2001-present

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