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cinéSPEAK In-Process Salon: Anula Shetty

Join cinéSPEAK for an intimate communing with award winning filmmaker and new media artist, Anula Shetty. This event will feature select excerpts of Shetty’s recent cinematic works. Shetty will be in conversation with multidisciplinary artist, Sophie Lee. Light refreshments to be served.

Anula Shetty (she/her) is an award-winning filmmaker and new media artist. She is currently an artist in residence at SEPTA, as part of Public Works a program of Forman Arts Initiative and Mural Arts. She a recipient of a Pew Fellowship and a Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship. She was previously awarded three Media Arts Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship. She received a Project Involve Fellowship, two Independence Foundation Fellowships and a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award for her art and social change work. Anula received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and serves on the board of the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. She is a proud member of A-Doc, Brown Girls Doc Mafia and a co-director of the artist run video collective Termite TV.

Anula was an Artist-in-Residence at Asian Arts Initiative and the Village of Arts & Humanities as part of two social practice artist residencies funded by ArtPlace America. Her work has been screened at festivals and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Flaherty Film Seminar, National Museum of Women In the Arts and the Pacific Film Archive. Her recent work involves creating innovative, socially engaged participatory media art projects with communities using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and mobile apps. Current projects include Places of Power, an immersive VR documentary about people and places of belonging and power in North Philadelphia, and Cosmic Egg, a poetic documentary set against the surreal landscape of egg harvesting, transnational surrogacy and the desire for procreation.

Sophie Lee (she/her) is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator, and musician interested in marginalized histories, collective storytelling, and urban design. Inspired by Korean folk arts and cultural history, her latest project is Anchovy Studio, an independent apparel brand that weaves stories of diasporic community and visions of past-present-future through gender expansive clothing design and illustrated zines.

Her work as a transportation researcher and arts educator activates stories of community at the intersection of art-making and urban geography. She has led qualitative research at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design centering the experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth on public transit and queer imaginations of accessibility in cities. She has also co-organized community events and exhibitions including the annual Young People’s Art Mart in Philadelphia, highlighting young creatives with The Young Artist Program and The Future Is Us Collective, and Chuseok Market, celebrating Korean-American small businesses in NYC. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dates & Times


Asian Arts Initiative

Thu, Nov 9
5:30 pm