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EPIGENETICS
 
EPIGENETICS
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Diahnna Nicole Baxter

United States, 2019, 9min
Format: Digital (screening) - Alexa Arri Mini (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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showtime: 1:30 PM | Sunday March 24 | MoMI - Bartostickets

Cast:  Kaira Akita, Zax Balmore
Crew:  Producers: Diahnna Nicole Baxter
Email:  diahnnadiahnnanicolebaxter.com

synopsis
A Daughter, prone to depression, learns a family secret and struggles to survive its trauma. When she turns to her Mother for consolation she realizes how this poisonous pattern has been carried down through generations.

director
Diahnna Nicole Baxter is an artist who lives for creating cutting edge content that inspires. A pioneer of the web, she co-created, co-wrote and starred in SATACRACY 88, the first web series to win an Emmy Award, and was nominated again the following year. She also took home the Peoples Voice Webby Award (Noted as the Oscars of the internet by the New York Times) A graduate of Duke University, her studies of Literature and African/Women studies took her to Cairo, Egypt where she worked with famed activist and writer Nawal Al-Saadawi. Returning to the states with a new worldview, Diahnna integrated her love for acting and passion for studies of marginalized women's voices with performance. As an actress, Diahnna has traveled with a hit Off-Broadway show with her written piece, ‘Definitions' and appeared on many hit television shows, (Tell Me Your Secrets, Scandal, True Blood, Jane The Virgin, American Crime Story, The Fosters). Her latest short film that she produced, wrote, and starred in, Cowboy's Girl, screened at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and internationally. Her solo directorial debut Epigenetics, will be hitting the festival circuit this winter. She is currently developing a limited series, Finding Lady, about Billie Holiday.
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filmmaker's note
I am a ruthless storyteller with a compassionate heart. The stories I choose to tell revolve around women who have survived deep trauma or succumbed to it, leaving behind a legacy for us to take heed from. I like to punch people in the gut and rip open their hearts. I want people to question those dark parts of themselves, their inherent bias. I do this not for shock value, but to provide an opportunity for us collectively as humans be-ing, to redeem ourselves, to see ourselves in each other, shed some shame and hopefully, forgive. I believe trauma can be an opportunity for transformation, and as an emerging director I hope to continue to collaborate with fellow creatives who give themselves in service to these stories that many are too afraid to touch.

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