Donyale Nao, Filmmaker and Interactive Media Producer. Born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned a B.F.A in Film Production at UCLA where, influenced directly and indirectly by filmmakers and professors central to the “L.A. Rebellion”, such as Haile Gerima, Billy Woodbury, Julie Dash, Barbara McCullough, Teshome Gabriel and Ben Caldwell and Pan-African Film Festival director, Ayuko Babu. She produced/directed/wrote “Frontlines”, 1991, a 10 min video piece using Operation Desert Storm and a Black soldier’s letters home to discuss African American participation in the U.S military and the short film “Two Deep”, 10min, 16mm abstract film that follows two friends through a day of self discovery in L.A.’s Crenshaw District. She continued on to earn a M.F.A at CalArts where she co-organized “Sistavision” a Black Woman’s film festival and taught video production to youth at Ben Caldwell’s KAOS Network and the Watts Towers Art Center through the CAP Program.
Her time in the corporate world has consisted of web design/development, multimedia production and UI design. Her work may be seen in your inbox in the form of an unopened email from someone (apparently corporations are people too) like JCPenney, Yahoo!, Estee Lauder, American Express or Limited Brands. Random Sojourner Truth quote here. During this time she also founded and developed Wild Roots Media, a curated blog of political, cultural and conscious information.
Jungle Hieroglyphs is an interactive site employing various forms of media to motivate dialogue, thought and action. These projects portray people, culture and events with the goal of inspiring positive social change.
I am available to work with corporations and non-profit organizations on documentary-style photography, video and interactive media.
Let’s work together.