Director Biography – Destiny Faith (LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO)

Destiny Faith is an LA based Black, female actor, writer, director, and social advocate originally from the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. and raised in Las Vegas. She tends to focus on gritty dramas, metaphorical stories, and offbeat dark comedies set in real, diverse worlds and lead by underrepresented groups. With 10 years of working in customer service, a few years of traveling and sharing empathy around the world, and through her own unique upbringing of moving and adapting, Destiny has a desire to tell stories of the people in the communities that she has lived in and worked with. From experiencing a bit of relative privilege living in Orange County to a life of bus rides through the hood and homelessness, Destiny has seen and experienced a lot that fuels her desire to break down barriers and make life more beautiful for all people of all walks of life. Destiny won the Social Awareness Award at the Culver City Film Festival and the Nevada Women’s Film Festival Femmy Award (Local Filmmaker of the Year) for her first short film, The Trap, based on true experiences from her own life and family’s. Her goal and hope as an artist is to be apart of the positive change in the world that brings humans closer together, one ripple at a time.

Director Statement

Now that we’ve awakened, we can’t go back to sleep…I remember seeing an opinion column in the NY Times in 2016 that stated, “The only people not surprised by Trump’s election are Black people…” It seemed like Trump’s presidency was the beginning stages of our country beginning to awaken from a deep, and blissful, slumber…at least for the privileged ones. In the wake of George Floyd’s brutal and public death, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed to be that people collectively, now more than ever, were seeing how flawed and broken our system and way of life is. However, in the midst of all of that tragedy, has been rise of the largest grassroots movements in US history with people fighting for healthcare as a human right, and the largest Civil Rights movement in history, that called on the WORLD to participate. Having gone through my own unique experiences in life, I have grown to appreciate even stronger the people of color and women in my own life as well as those who’ve lead so many movements in our history that ultimately protect the American Dream. As a Black woman, I’ve recognized how resilient and badass we truly are, especially, when we come together. The American Dream is no longer the cruel race and climb up the ladder to the big, beautiful house, with the white picket fence; we’ve evolved to something greater than that. By looking another human being in the eye, we’ve learned to fight for an America where diversity and self-expression is the norm, it is the land where every person is truly free with equity and justice, and it is a land where you matter and get to live because you exist. If we stand together, and fight for that kind freedom, we can achieve the Dream for everyone.

Author: experimentalfilmfestival

Festival occurs 4 times a year. Showcased the best of experimental short films and music videos from around the world.

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