|East Coast Premiere|
|Winner: BEST DIRECTOR - DOCUMENTARY SHORT|
|Cast: ||Alok Vaid-Menon , Janani Balasubramanian|
|Crew: ||Producers: Crystal Waterton - Screenwriters: Crystal Waterton - Editor: Crystal Waterton - Sound Editor: Samantha Giovinco - Cinematographer: Crystal Waterton, Khadeem Wilson
Decoding DarkMatter is a short documentary film about two Asian transgender poetry performance artists: Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. It documents their journey from Stanford University, where they began performing together as DarkMatter, to their first large theater production, It Gets Bitter, at Joe’s Pub in New York City. DarkMatter’s performances are a mixture of art, theater, and poetry. Both go by they/them pronouns, and through their spoken word poetry, act as art activists, discussing the obstacles and struggles trans people of color are facing worldwide.
Crystal Waterton lives in brooklyn, new york, United States. Decoding DarkMatter is Crystal Waterton's directorial debut.
Editor and Videographer, Crystal Waterton attended Montclair State University and studied Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Language. While studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, she shot and edited Estudiante en el Extranejro(Student Abroad), a film of her travels across Paris, Amsterdam, and Morocco–all intertwined with concert performances of Colombian musical artist, Juanes. Her first documentary, Man in the Mirror, represented her University at the Student Emmy Awards. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting.
Since, Waterton has been working as part of the production staff on various news magazine and talk shows, including The Montel Williams Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and Inside Edition. She now works as a commercial operations programmer at NBCUniversal for the Sprout Network. Always looking to improve her craft, Waterton is completing her graduate degree in integrated media arts in Hunter College’s M.F.A. program where continues to create short films and documentaries that shed light on the issues of marginalized communities and provide audiences a visual medium that encourages discussion and action.