Naima Ramos-Chapman is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York. She makes movement with body, word, image, silence, sound, and technology, to tell stories of transformation and understated bravery. Her stories stem from true events, incorporate magical realism, and seek to render psycho-spiritual realities we can not see alongside the mundanities and banal brutality of everyday life.
Her first short, AND NOTHING HAPPENED, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It also screened at the L.A. Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Blackstar Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Urbanworld, Tacoma Film Festival–where it won Best Director. It is now streaming as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Naima served in the capacity of writer-director-editor-actor on HBO’s critically acclaimed RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS. In 2017, she received fellowship of the Sundance Institute for Screenwriting Intensive for her first draft of her feature film SAD SONGS IN LANGUAGES I DON’T UNDERSTAND, was a teaching Artist-in-Residence at Reel Works Teen Filmmaking for Narrative Lab class.
Naima trained at the following institutions: The Alvin Ailey School for Dance, The Barrow Group for Acting, Howard University and Brooklyn College (CUNY) where she holds a B.A. in Journalism. Some of her writing can be found in no particular order, on Colorlines, Saint Heron, Postbourgie, The Nation, and Huffington Post to name a few.
Winning Project: Piu Piu