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Reimagining Tomorrow

Reimagining Tomorrow follows Adjua, a Black queer artist and organizer, as they create an art project that answers the question “How do you reimagine your reality?” What happens next is a heartfelt story filled with love, struggle, and an invitation into a more loving world.

  • Sarah Oberholtzer
  • serena violet hodges
  • Sarah Oberholtzer
  • serena violet hodges
  • Adjua Pryor
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sarah Oberholtzer, serena violet hodges

Sarah Oberholtzer and serena violet hodges are filmmakers who met in Chicago with a passion for radical storytelling. Sarah is based in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Radio, Television + Film from Northwestern University. Sarah has created works for a number of social advocacy campaigns. Most recently, they directed the short “Love Letter to Chicago’s Black Womxn” in collaboration with Defund CPD, Grassroots Collaborative, & the national Black Girl Freedom Fund. As an arts educator, they were nationally recognized by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs as the August 2019 Connected Educator of the Month. serena violet hodges (they/them/theirs) is a documentary cinematographer and filmmaker based in Minneapolis and Los Angeles. serena holds a B.A. in documentary production from DePaul University in Chicago. Their work has appeared on ESPN, Netflix, and PBS. serena recently worked as Director of Photography on Smriti Mundra’s docu-series: Bollywood Fusion (working title). They were also a Visual Communications Armed with a Camera fellow in 2020 and their first fiction short Mango Baby, premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander Film Festival and Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Both Sarah and serena believe in the process of filmmaking as an opportunity to build community and the power of film as a means to tap into our collective imaginations. serena violet hodges is a filmmaker who fell in love with cinematography through verite-style shooting, while Sarah Oberholtzer drew to film as a vibrant means of communicating necessary stories. Both Sarah and serena have been working at the intersection of activism and documentary filmmaking for the entirety of their college career and beyond. Reimagining Tomorrow is incredibly close to their heart because first and foremost, Adjua is community in struggle with them. As people who want to continue to reshape the process of documentary filmmaking and its potential to build community, they are excited to share a story often at the margins. As queer people of color, the two are also inspired to highlight relatable subjects as a way of affirming a future that supports how they interact with the world.