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The MPLS Photo Center has partnered with Visual MN (formerly the MN News Photographers Association),and will be hosting monthly meetings the last Thursday of each month, with a focus on all aspects of photojournalism.  

Join us on June 29th at 6:30 for a presentation by Maya Washington, a writer, actor, filmmaker, and arts educator.  Maya's work has garnered awards from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Film and Television and others. Her film work has allowed her projects to have a global reach, most recently in Toronto, Budapest, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Rome.
 
Maya will be speaking about work from throughout her career in filmmaking, as well as sharing stories about her experiences as a filmmaker and the challenges she's faced and the successes she's enjoyed.

Maya Washington is a writer, actor, filmmaker, and arts educator. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from Hamline University. Maya began her creative career as a dancer turned musical theatre actor in the Twin Cities vibrant theatre community as a child performer. While at USC, she studied acting, directing, film and dramatic writing, which allowed her to explore her passion for storytelling in a variety of mediums. While pursuing her MFA, Maya worked full time as a professional actor and choreographer. Maya is dedicated to projects that have a sense of “purpose” in the world, selecting stories that illuminate some aspect of the human experience that is untold, rarely seen, or might benefit from new approaches to issues of diversity and inclusion, primarily in America. 

 

Maya's work has garnered awards from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Film and Television and others. Her film work has allowed her projects to have a global reach, most recently in Toronto, Budapest, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Rome. Her written work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, The Playwright's Center Monologues for Women (Heinemann Drama 2005) and others. She edited the White Space Poetry Anthology featuring the work of deaf and hearing artists (White Space Poetry Project 2014) as a companion to her award-winning film, White Space (2011), starring ABC Family's Switched at Birth star Ryan Lane. She is currently in post-production on the football documentary,Through the Banks of the Red Cedar (forthcoming 2017), about her father, Minnesota Vikings and Michigan State football legend Gene Washington, who was a member of the first fully-integrated college football team in America.

 

Maya will be speaking about work from throughout her career in filmmaking, as well as sharing stories about her experiences as a filmmaker and the challenges she's faced and the successes she's enjoyed.


 

6:30-7:00: Social time – Some snacks and drinks will be provided.
7:00-8:30: Filmmaker Maya Washington*
8:30-9:00: Additional social time

Cost: $10 at the door

*Speakers may change

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