M. Asli Dukan


P.O. Box 969

   NYC 10027


MFA, Media and Communication Arts, The City College of New York          May 1999

Thesis: Sleeping on a train in Motion, 16mm, color, 30 minutes

Adviser: Ayoka Chenzira

BA, Media Arts Production, Jersey City State College        May 1997

Honors and Awards

/ NBPC 360 Fellow        2016

Mentor: Arthur Jafa

Teaching Experience

Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, PA                Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

Instructor, Webadelphia: Producing a web series in Philadelphia

This workshop covered developing an idea for an episodic project, prepping for production, the basics of single or limited multi-person shoot, and the fundamentals of editing and post-production. The workshop is adapted to the realities of undertaking a media production in the city of Philadelphia. Participants completed one 1 to 3 minute episode.

The City College of New York, New York, NY                (Summer) June 2012

Adjunct Lecturer, Media & Communication Arts Department

Conceived and taught an undergraduate course, Themes in Sci-Fi Cinema,  where students screened, discussed and blogged about traditional/non-traditional themes in sci-fi films. Supervised the creation of an online blog where students published their film essays.

The City College of New York, New York, NY                Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Adjunct Lecturer, Media & Communication Arts Department

Taught a third year film and video course, Motion Picture Production One, focused on camera fundamentals and techniques, studio and location lighting and media production organization. Developed syllabus, written and practical tests, consulted with students on their productions.

Baruch College, New York, NY                Sep 1998 - May 1999

Teaching Assistant, English Department

Assisted English instructor and taught introductory video production workshops to non-film majors that focused on camera fundamentals and techniques, studio lighting and video editing. 16mm film projectionist.

Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ                Sep 1996 - May 1997

Teaching Assistant, Media Arts Department

Assisted film instructor in preparing materials and equipment for film production classes. Assisted students during class productions.

Selected Filmography

Invisible Universe: SD/HD, documentary/interactive documentary, post/expected: 2018

producer, director, writer

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia: HD, six part short form web series, post/expected: 2018

producer, director, writer, editor

Songs for Nina, HD, feature, documentary, post/expected: 2018

producer, director

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): HD, 5 minute SF short, 2017

producer, director, writer, editor


M.O.M.M.: HD, 13 minute SF short, 2011

producer, director, writer, editor

73: HD, 13 minute SF short, 2008

producer, director, writer, editor

Do You Mind: HD, 4:24 minute music video, 2008

producer, director

Boot: HD, 2:43 minute music video, 2006

producer, director


Orishas: SD, 13 minute SF short, 2001

producer, director, writer, editor


Sleeping on a train in Motion: 16mm, 15 minute drama short, 1999

producer, director, writer, editor

Selected Screenings

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): Philadelphia Assembled (curated screening), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September - December 2017

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): Afropunk After Dark presents Far Out Black: An Evening of Short Films (curated screening), Brooklyn, New York, 26 August 2017

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 5 August 2017

Invisible Universe (excerpt): Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler through Archives, Art and Worldmaking conference, UCSD, San Diego, California, 3-5 June 2016

M.O.M.M.: Octavia E. Butler: Celebration of the Fantastic Arts celebration, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, 21 March 2013

Orishas, 73, M.O.M.M.: MALI Women’s Film & Performance Art conference, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Austin, Texas, 26-30 May 2011

73: Imagenation Film & Music Festival, Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, New York City, June 2008

Invisible Universe (excerpt): Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, 26-29 April 2007

Visual and Performance

Resistance Time Portal (multi-media installation), Distance≠Time exhibition, “Time Camp 001”, co-presented by Black Quantum Futurism, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 September - 12 October 2017

Journal Publications

The Wall, Obsidian, Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts, 40th Anniversary issue, Spring 2017

An Immerse Response: Centering people, their connections and their ideas, Immerse, https://goo.gl/8itD9k, December 2016

The Producers Toolkit, Cinematic Magazine, vol. 1, no. 1, 2011, pp. 8-9

Selected Presentations

BlackStar Filmmaker Symposium”, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 August 2017 (120 minutes, presentation and panel)

Exploring the Invisible Universe”, Afrofuturism and Social Justice, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 4 November 2016 (120 minutes, multimedia presentation, Q&A)

“Looking Back at Octavia E. Butler”, Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler Through Archives, Art and Worldmaking, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California, 3-5 June 2016 (45 minutes, video presentation, Q&A)

“What is the Invisible Universe?”, Laser Life: queer sci-fi reading, Lava Space, Philadelphia, PA, 04 March 2016 (15 minutes, reading)

African American Speculative Fiction Writers Infographic, Academy at Palumbo, Philadelphia, PA, 21 December 2015 (30 minutes, multimedia presentation, Q&A)

The Invisible Universe in Speculative Fiction Film, TransformDH (Transformative Digital Humanities: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Class in DH), University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2-3 October 2015 (5:30 minutes, video presentation)

The White Fantastic Imagination and The Invisible Universe, The SF We Don't See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media, The Science Fiction Research Association, Stony Brook, NY, 25-27 June 2015 (Guest of Honor, 60 minutes, multimedia presentation)

The White Fantastic Imagination and The Invisible Universe, Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism Conference, Essex County College, Newark, NJ, 11 March 2015 (20 minutes, multimedia presentation)

Brown Girl in the Ring/Voodoo and Zombies in Popular Media, The Shadows Took Shape, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 15 December 2013 (60 minutes, multimedia presentation)

The Science Fiction Novels of Octavia E. Butler, M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Art Conference, Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Austin, TX, 27 May 2011 (60 minutes, multimedia presentation)

An Octavia E. Butler Memorial Tribute, Vassar College , Poughkeepsie, NY, 7 May 2006 (3 minutes, video, Q&A)

What is the Invisible Universe?, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 19-20 May 2006 (20 minutes, multimedia presentation)

Selected Panels

Future of Philadelphia Storytelling”, New Frontier Day Lab and Intensive, Sundance Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 August 2017 (90 minute panel)

qFlix Philadelphia, film festival juror, Philadelphia, PA, 5-10 July 2016 and 14-19 March 2017

The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), The Heruica Character Creation Award, judge, Philadelphia, PA, 2016 and 2017

“Filming the Future”, Ferguson is the Future: Incubating Alternative Worlds through Arts, Activism and Scholarship, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 14 September 2015

“ECBACC at the Movies”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, The Enterprise Center, Philadelphia, PA, 16 May 2015

“Conversation with Nalo Hopkinson”, Fire & Ink!, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, 9 October 2009

“Full Spectrum: The Entrepreneurs”, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, New York, NY, 16 May 2009

“Black Comics”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19-20 May 2007

“Black Sci-Fi Soul”, Imagenation Film and Music Festival, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, 25 August 2006

Symposium Organizer, Black Vampirism symposium, The Invisible Universe Speculative Fiction Conference, (Special guest: L. A. Banks), The City College of New York, New York, NY, 2006


“Black Sci-Fi Comics”, Big Apple Comic Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York, NY, 25 June 2006


“Black Sci-Fi”, Black Writers Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 7 February 2005


“Black Sci-Fi”, The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 14 May 2005


“Black to the Future”, Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA, 13 June 2004

Professional Affiliations

Professional Service

Mizan Media Productions, LLC, Principal/Producer/Director, 2000-present, a multimedia production company that prioritizes fiction and non-fiction narratives from the African Diaspora. MMP also specializes in using the genres of the futuristic, fantastic and imaginative as a way to explore the possibilities of the transformation of society.

Selected Community Service


Computer Skills

Applications: Microsoft Office; Final Cut Studio (Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color, Compressor); Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Soundbooth, OnLocation, Encore); Avid Media Composer 7; Final Draft; Gorilla Film Production Software; Celtx; Wordpress; MAMP; FileZilla; Carbon Copy Cloner; MPEG Streamclip

Platforms: OS X, Microsoft Windows, Google Chrome OS, mobile (iOS, Android)



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