Naima Ramos-Chapman is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York.
She tells stories of transformation and understated bravery that stem from true accounts, incorporate magical realism and use choreographed gestural movement to render psycho-spiritual realities we can not see. She is interested in investigating victimhood ontology as expressed through the female gaze by complicating the archetype of the imperiled or victimized woman in order to envision hope, healing and agency.
Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It also screened at the L.A. Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Blackstar Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Urbanworld, CinemAfrica in Stockholm and Tacoma Film Festival--where it won Best Director. It is now a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Currently, Naima is in post-production for her second short, PIU PIU which received generous support from Art Matters, Rooftop Films and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. In 2017, Naima received a fellowship from the Sundance Institute for Screenwriting Intensive for her first feature-length script SAD SONGS IN LANGUAGES I DON'T UNDERSTAND, currently in development.
In a previous life, Naima told stories as a journalist exploring the intersections of race, gender, pop culture, and economics. Some of her writing can be found in no particular order, on Colorlines, Saint Heron, Postbourgie, The Nation, and Huffington Post to name a few.
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