Director-producers Saelyx Finna, Mia Imani, and Laurie Polisky will make a documentary about dream know-how and surveillance with the backing of Gamechanger Movies and Sandbox Movies. In keeping with a press launch, the trio are growing their mission, “Below the Dream,” as recipients of Gamechanger and Sandbox’s Inventive Science Nonfiction Accelerator award. Designed to spice up range, fairness, and inclusion in science documentary filmmaking, the prize comes with $50,000 to develop the mission in addition to “a full spectrum of artistic and sensible assist from Sandbox and Gamechanger.”
“Below the Dream,” which delves into the burgeoning discipline of dream tech and the Black-led motion to guard our minds’ privateness, can be government produced by Gamechanger CEO Effie Brown and Sandbox Head of Manufacturing and Growth Jessica Harrop.
The filmmakers said, “We’re impressed by and in dialog with the Radical Relaxation Motion, neuroethics, and neurorights advocacy, contemplative observe and contemplative science, and the myriad artists and dreamworkers throughout millennia who’ve honored the dreamscape as a robust web site of discovery, expression, problem-solving, ritual, and liberation.” They defined, “We’re members of the Guild of Future Architects, one of many houses for our work with dream tech and Radical Relaxation.”
“As filmmakers, we consider that sleep and desires are sacred areas for private and collective therapeutic,” Finna, Imani, and Polisky continued. “With ‘Below the Dream,’ we search to lift questions like: how may tech that interacts with our desires assist or damage us? Who can afford to dream? How may relaxation develop into a central a part of racial reparations?”
Brown added, “Gamechanger Movies thrives on expansive storytelling that challenges what we predict we all know and calls for various views. ‘Below the Dream’ is undoubtedly a mission that can stir many minds to reframe and reimagine their respective locations inside the universe, and sit with our conceptions of management and safety and what that appears like.”
Bios for Finna, Imani, and Polisky are beneath, courtesy of Gamechanger and Sandbox.
Co-director, Producer Mia Imani interrogates the ways in which disenfranchised communities can heal particular person, communal, and societal trauma by creating works that dwell in-between the worlds of artwork and science. This “third-way” mixes unconventional strategies (desires, rituals) and science (ethnography, geography, psychoanalysis) to dream new potential methods of being. Her artistic and collaborative work has lived within the Northwest Movie Discussion board, Seattle Artwork Museum Lab, Savvy Modern, and is increasing into the digital and different interdisciplinary areas. Her written work lives each digitally and in print inside publications Cultured Journal, Modern And, Daddy Journal, Frieze, Hyperallergic, Vice, and extra.
Co-director, Producer Saelyx Finna has over a decade of expertise as a movie nonprofit CEO, producer, story and distribution advisor, movie programmer, impression producer, and dream tech researcher. As a advisor, Saelyx has labored with Sundance, AMC, DOC NYC, the Criterion Assortment, Movie Unbiased, Cinereach, and Academy Award nominees. Beforehand often known as Courtney Sheehan, Saelyx is the previous inventive and government director for Northwest Movie Discussion board (NWFF), Seattle’s beloved nonprofit movie heart and artwork home theater. Saelyx has offered on the neuroethics of dream tech on the Interplay Design Affiliation and Worldwide Affiliation for the Research of Goals. She produced the narrative characteristic MUGRI (post-production), and is a creator and host of the podcast Below the Dream.
Co-director, Producer Laurie Polisky (she/her) is a filmmaker and podcast producer with a background in neuroscience. She is the director/producer of the characteristic documentary PAIN BRAIN, which follows a mind-body examine on power ache examine on which Laurie was a co-author; the outcomes had been revealed in JAMA Pyschiatry. Fascinated by the way in which that audio and visible media can be utilized to translate scientific concepts to most of the people, she can be the producer of the psychological well being podcast Inform Me about your Ache, ranked within the high one % of most listened-to podcasts about psychological well being. She is a creator and host of the podcast Below the Dream, and has labored on movies together with THE SOCIAL DILEMMA (2020) and CLASSIC (2019).