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I’ve been making music since I was four. Since then, I have been guided by the urge to “infect” spaces. These “infections” have taken form as songs, endurance-based performance work, installation, short films, drawings, intimate moments with loved ones, echoes in a train station, and merely sitting still. I dropped out of community college in

Nikyatu Jusu made history in 2022 with her directorial debut, Nanny. It was the first horror film ever to win Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, and only the second time that award had gone to a Black woman director. Creative Capital awarded Jusu in 2020 to help fund the creation of Nanny. The New York Times

Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz’s Creative Capital project, Oriana, is a feature-length film about band of feminist militants that take refuge in a thriving Puerto Rican landscape. It premieres October 14, 2022 at EMPAC in Troy, NY. Hear from the 2015 Creative Capital Grantee about what inspired her about this story, and how she managed to create a film in such a turbulent time.

Building upon and expanding disability aesthetics in film, Reid Davenport’s 2021 Creative Capital Project I Didn’t See You There is a groundbreaking work of documentary cinema. Screening from September 30 through October 6 at DCTV, Davenport shares what inspired him to tell this story.

Faye Driscoll, described by the The New York Times as a “startlingly original talent,” frames her dance performances as a shared rite of passage with her audience. Since receiving the Creative Capital Grant for her Thank You For Coming trilogy in 2013, Driscoll has embarked on a long-term creative endeavor exploring issues of perception and connectivity. As the Los Angeles premiere of the final installment of the trilogy nears at REDCAT, Driscoll shares about her practice, what she hopes to achieve, and finding joy in art.

A darkly comic ode to mothers, immigrants, and dreamers everywhere, Wes Hurley’s 2019 Creative Capital Project, Potato Dreams of America, has been a lifetime in the making. The autobiographical film shares the American Dream from an immigrant’s perspective, tracing the story of Hurley and his mother as they came to America in the 1990s—her as a mail-order bride, and him as her gay, closeted son. The film is now available on DVD, video-on-demand, and limited-edition Blu-ray.

Jasmín Mara López’s Creative Capital Project, Silent Beauty, is a lyrical and sensitive autobiographical exploration of her family history with child sexual abuse and a culture of silence. The film premieres virtually and in-person at BlackStar Film Festival on August 5.

How is tending a garden connected to prison abolition? 2020 Creative Capital Grantee jackie sumell’s social practice shows that both require similar care, fortitude, and collaboration. An offshoot of her Creative Capital Project, The Abolitionist’s Apothecary & Tea Party, the installation Growing Abolition is currently on view at MoMA PS1.

How does one transform an abandoned gas station and convenience store into a dynamic community space? SuttonBeresCuller (Creative Capital Grantee 2008)—otherwise knows as John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler—address this challenge with their Creative Capital Project, Mini Mart City Park, debuting next week in Seattle, WA.

Using techniques of durational observation, Daniel Eisenberg’s (2012 Creative Capital Grantee) film The Unstable Object II reveals the deeper meanings of these objects and sites, and in our world where the nature of work is radically changing, allows us the time and space to consider our own place in the order of things. Premiering this week at FIDMarseille, the film reveals paradigms of contemporary production, organization, and labor.