Hi! I’m Destini T. Riley, an award-winning filmmaker from North Carolina. In 2016, Filmmaker Magazine named me, as the younger filmmaker of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. My first film; “I, Destini,” was showcased around the globe at the Full Frame Film Festival, Short of the Week, Aspen film, and New York Times Op Docs. "I, Destini" was a 2016 CINE Award finalist and is now archived in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2021, I earned my bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Currently, I am working in Los Angeles and incorporating my new experiences into my craft, as I grow into the artist I want to be.
My work often explores the relationship between character, color, and experience through a wide range of mediums such as animation, design, video, and installation. Within every project, I am intrigued by investigating the power of expression and voice. As a Black woman raised in Durham, North Carolina, I began my research by finding ways to bridge and comprehend my experiences with race, class, community, and culture through my creative practices.
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