Maori Karmael Holmes

Maori Holmes | Credit: Adachi Pimentel, Leeway Foundation
Mediamaker-in-Residence, Annenberg School for Communication
Curator-in-Residence, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Maori is the Artistic Director of BlackStar Film Festival, which she founded in 2012. She has organized programs in film at a myriad of organizations including Anthology Film Archives, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The Underground Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—where she organized screening programs in conjunction with the 2019 Biennial. Other projects include KinoWatt (2011-2012) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival (2006-2010). As a director, her works have screened internationally including her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (2006). She has also directed and produced works for, Visit Philadelphia, and Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter India.Arie.

Previous professional affiliations include: ARRAY Alliance, Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania, Leeway Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, Department of Media Studies & Production at Temple University, Netter Center at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association, Sony Music, and Washington City Paper. She has taught at Drexel University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Temple University, University of the Arts, Villanova University, Scribe Video Center, and Philadelphia Community Access Media.

Her writing has recently appeared in The Believer, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, and How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. Maori received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and her BA in History from American University. She currently serves on the board of American Documentary (POV), the advisory boards of Ulises, Vidiots, and Lightbox Film Center, and has been a long-time juror for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.

She received her M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, her B.A. in History from American University. Included in Essence Magazine’s 2019 Woke 100 List, she is also a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow.

Founder and artistic director of the BlackStar Film Festival, Maori Holmes is a Mediamaker-in-Residence at the Annenberg School.

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