Artemis Shaw and Prashanth Kamalakanthan

Artemis Shaw is a filmmaker and educator from New York City inspired by Dada, Greek tragedy and growing up on the Internet. She is interested in tragicomedy and satire and works in collaboration. Shaw directed Aquaculture (2017) and Real Talk (2020); co-directed New Strains (2023), which won a Special Jury Award at IFFR 2023; and produced the film Have a Nice Life (2021). Shaw has taught film and run education programs at Tribeca Film Institute, Ghetto Film School, Museum of the Moving Image, Thaden School, and currently at NYU. Prashanth Kamalakanthan is a filmmaker and professor born in India and raised in North Carolina. He has a background in music, documentary, and photography and currently teaches film theory and screenwriting at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and previously at Brown University. Kamalakanthan has made films for The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, and other media outlets. His debut feature, Have a Nice Life (2021), was followed by New Strains (2023), co-directed with Artemis Shaw, which won a Special Jury Award at IFFR 2023.