M. Asli Dukan

filmmaker | visual artist | photographer

maslidukan@gmail.com | maslidukan.com

Education

1999 | MFA | The City University of New York | New York, NY

1997 | BA | New Jersey City University | Jersey City, NJ

Filmography

2019 | Memories from the Future | HD | 6 min | producer, director, editor

2018 | Resistance: the battle of philadelphia | HD | 42 min web series | producer, director, editor

2017 | Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue) | HD | 5 min | producer, director, editor

2011 | M.O.M.M. | HD | 13 min | producer, director, editor

2008 | 73 | HD | 13 min | producer, director, writer, editor

2008 | Do You Mind | Artist: Hanifah Walidah | HD | 4:24 min | music video | producer, director

2006 | Boot | Artist: Tamar-kali | SD | 2:43 min | music video | producer, director

2001 | Skin Hunger | Artist: Skyn | SD | 3:36 min | music video | producer, director

2001 | Orishas | SD | 13 min | producer, director, writer, editor

1999 | Sleeping on a train in Motion | 16mm | 30 min | producer, director, editor | Adviser: Ayoka Chenzira

Film Screenings

Memories from the Future: 

2019 | True Turn Film Festival | On the Way to the Moon | Tulsa, OK

2019 | Institute of Contemporary Art | Open Video Call | Philadelphia, PA

2019 | Icebox Project Space | 20/92 Video Festival | Philadelphia, PA

2019 | VAE Raleigh | See(d) the Future | Raleigh, NC

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (6 part web series): 

2019 | Idlewild Film Festival | Idlewild, MI

2019 | T.O. Webfest | Toronto, CAN

2018 | BlackStar Film Festival | Philadelphia, PA

2018 | OnyxCon Film Festival | Atlanta, GA

2018 | Newark International Film Festival | Newark, NJ

2018 | MECCAcon International Film Festival | Detroit, MI

2018 | Blerd City Con | St. Francis College | Brooklyn, NY

Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (prologue): 

2018 | The Barnes Foundation | Philadelphia, PA

2017 | St. Francis College | Blerd City Con | Brooklyn, NY

2017 | Philadelphia Museum of Art | Philadelphia Assembled | Philadelphia, PA

2017 | Afropunk After Dark: Far Out Black | Brooklyn, NY

2017 | BlackStar Film Festival | Philadelphia, PA

M.O.M.M.:

2013 | Spelman College | Octavia E. Butler: Celebration of the Fantastic Arts | Atlanta, GA

2011 | Carver Museum & Cultural Center | MALI Women’s Film & Performance Art Conference | Austin, TX

73:

2011 | Carver Museum & Cultural Center | MALI Women’s Film & Performance Art Conference | Austin, TX

2008 | Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture | Imagenation Film & Music Festival | New York, NY

Visual Art Solo Exhibitions

2018 | Icebox Project Space | video commission | Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (episode 1) | Philadelphia, PA

Visual Art Group Exhibitions

2017 | Icebox Project Space | Distance≠Time (Time Camp 001) exhibition | Resistance Time Portal (mixed-media, AR installation) | Philadelphia, PA

Grants, Awards, Fellowships

2019 | The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation Grant

2018 | Blackstar Film Festival | Member Award

2018 | The Flaherty Seminar  | Philadelphia Foundation Fellow

2018 | Scribe Video Center | Philadelphia Independent Media Finishing Fund

2017 | Sundance | New Frontier Day Lab Intensive

2016 | Leeway  Foundation | Transformation Award

2016 | Black Public Media | NBPC 360 Fellow | Mentor: Arthur Jafa

2016 | Leeway Foundation | Art and Change Grant

2014 | The City University of New York Fellowship

2014 | Leeway Foundation | Art and Change Grant

2012 | Kitchen Table Giving Circle Grant

2009 | Urban Artist Initiative Grant

Presentations

2018 | Queer + Black + Speculative Filmmaking in Philadelphia | Methodologies of Art History | Visiting Artist | Stony Brook University | Long Island, NY

2018 | Black SF Filmmakers 2018 | SPECULATIONS | Programmer, Moderator | Blerd City Con | Brooklyn, NY

2017 | Making Radical SF Films | BlackStar Filmmaker Symposium | Presentation | BlackStar Film Festival | Philadelphia, PA

2016 | Exploring the Invisible Universe | Afrofuturism and Social Justice Conference | Presentation | Connecticut College, New London, CT

2016 | Looking Back at Octavia E. Butler | Shaping Change Conference | Presentation | University of California at San Diego | San Diego, CA

2016 | What is the Invisible Universe? | Laser Life: Queer Sci-Fi | Presentation | Lava Space | Philadelphia, PA

2015 | African American Speculative Fiction Writers Infographic | Academy at Palumbo | Presentation | Philadelphia, PA

2015 | The Invisible Universe in Speculative Fiction Film | TransformDH (Transformative Digital Humanities) | Presentation | University of Maryland | College Park, MD

2015 | 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 | Guest of Honor presentation | Stony Brook, NY

2015 | The White Fantastic Imagination and The Invisible Universe | Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism Conference | Presentation | Essex County College | Newark, NJ

2013 | Brown Girl in the Ring/Voodoo and Zombies in Popular Media | The Shadows Took Shape | Presentation | The Studio Museum in Harlem | New York, NY

2011 | The Science Fiction Novels of Octavia E. Butler | M.A.L.I. Women’s Film & Performance Art Conference | Presentation | Carver Museum & Cultural Center | Austin, TX

2006 | Octavia E. Butler Tribute | Presentation | Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, NY

2006 | What is the Invisible Universe? | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention | Presentation | The African American Museum | Philadelphia, PA

Panels

2018 | Film for All: Identity and the Pursuit of Freedom | The Barnes Foundation | Philadelphia, PA

2018 | Beyond Wakanda: The Resurgence of the Contemporary Black Reality & Future | BlackStar Film Festival | Philadelphia, PA

2017 | Future of Philadelphia Storytelling | New Frontier Day Lab and Intensive | Sundance Institute | Philadelphia, PA

2016, 2017 | qFlix Philadelphia film festival juror | Philadelphia, PA

2016-2019 | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention juror | Philadelphia, PA

2015 | Filming the Future | Ferguson is the Future: Incubating Alternative Worlds through Arts, Activism and Scholarship | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ

2015 | ECBACC at the Movies | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention | The Enterprise Center | Philadelphia, PA

2009 | Conversation w/ Nalo Hopkinson | Fire & Ink! | Blanton Museum of Art | Austin, TX

2009 | Full Spectrum: Entrepreneurs | Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery | New York, NY

2007 | Black Comics | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention | Temple University | Philadelphia, PA

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

2006 | Black Vampirism | The Invisible Universe Speculative Fiction Conference | The City College of New York | New York, NY

2006 | Black Sci-Fi Comics | Big Apple Comic Con | Penn Plaza Pavilion | New York, NY

2005 | Black Sci-Fi | Black Writers Conference | Temple University | Philadelphia, PA

2005 | Black Sci-Fi | The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention | Temple University | Philadelphia, PA

2004 | Black to the Future | Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival | Seattle Center | Seattle, WA

Publications

2019 | An Afrofuturist Time Capsule - Introduction | We Travel the Spaceways

2017 | The Wall | Obsidian-Speculating Futures: Black Imagination & the Arts 40th Anniversary Issue

Bibliography

2018 | A Sci-Fi Filmmaker Imagining the Future of Resistance | Colorlines.com

2018 | Meet the team that created a dystopian West Philadelphia film where Black folks rise up to fight police brutality | Philly.com

2017 | The Nature of Resistance | BlackStar Film Festival catalogue

2017 | Exploring the Unseen: Interview with M. Asli Dukan | ShadowandAct.com

2016 | Science Fiction Isn’t Just For White Nerds, It’s For Black Nerds Too | Vice.com

2016 | There Is a Precedent for the “DuVernay Test” to Consider… | IndieWire.com