Chelsea Odufu is a filmmaker, content creator, and digital nomad whose mission is to use art as a tool to regenerate positive empowering images of underrepresented people on-screen. A passionate traveler who has visited over 25 countries to date, Chelsea’s creative vision is international and multi-cultural.
Upon graduating from New York University’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts, Chelsea hit the ground running with the creation of her award-winning film, Ori Inu: In Search of Self. This film has won several best short film and best director awards at film festivals and screened around the world. It also screened in England at the British Film Institute, the premiere institution for film in England and for other organizations as well. The creation of Ori Inu film merged with Chelsea’s passion for social justice, women issues and community development launched Chelsea’s speaking career in 2016. Since then, Chelsea has spoken at many universities including Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Reed College, Arizona State University, Trinity College and more. Articles about the film and Chelsea have been featured on NBC News, Huffington Post, NY Times, Afropunk, Saint Heron, OkayAfrica and many more news outlets.
Chelsea got hired straight out of university to work for Oscar award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee on a number of his projects including Chi-Raq and his latest Netflix Series She’s Gotta Have it. She has also directed and produced content for brands such as General Motors, Cadillac as well as worked with artist such as Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Vashtie to name a few.
Recently Chelsea has traveled through Asia for four months living and creating branded video content on entrepreneurship for Fiverr as their Chief Digital Nomad. As a result of her being a trailblazer and her exemplary work as a Chief Digital Nomad, Forbes Magazine also wrote an extensive article about her. Chelsea has also directed content for Gillette, Venus shavers where she was also featured in its tribute to women directors as they make up such a small percentage of the film industry. Chelsea was most recently interviewed on The Build Series NYC about her new and upcoming series Black Lady Goddess.
Chelsea’s work seeks to close the media gap disparity by creating powerful imagery of diverse communities. Her work as an art activist encourages people to be proud of their cultural roots, to be strong women and to stand firm in their truth. In future, Chelsea hopes to continue making work that will start conversations about difficult topics as only through communication will there be change. Chelsea cannot wait to share her new project Black Lady Goddess with you.
Emann Odufu is an art activist, writer and film producer who is passionate about films that reflect the full spectrum of the black experience. His writings on film and Afro-Futurism have been published by media publications such as Okay Africa and Atlanta Black Star.
Emann studied film production and screenwriting at both Sarah Lawrence College and the New School University where he graduated in 2013. In 2015, he created, wrote, and produced the film ORI INU: In Search of Self with his sister Chelsea, and through the film was able to speak at some of the top institutions and universities around the country including Harvard, Yale, NYU, etc. This film has won many awards, was screened across the globe and was featured by some of the top media publications in the country including NY Times, Huffington Post and NBC News.
Emann also toured 36 US cities across the country with famed visual artist, Hank Willis Thomas’s public art project “In Search Of The Truth. This project is a trans-media project and anthropological study, which toured the country to find out what the truth is to Americans in 2016.Apart from working for himself Emann has worked for the White Privilege Conference, a social conference that has been around for 16 years. This conference fosters conversations on privilege and identity in our society. Working for this conference for several years has greatly influenced his creative work as a filmmaker.
Deirdre Odufu has her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and holds her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, the gold standard for project management around the world, through the Project Management Institute. Prior to working in film as a Producer, she worked in Finance, Accounting and Project Management at a Fortune 100 company. After leaving Corporate America and due to her love for the arts, she transferred her business and project management knowledge, experience and skills to film ensuring that film projects are completed on time, and within cost and scope. She has worked on several short films and most recently on the award winning film Ori Inu:In Search of Self as well as on the creation of content for brands such as Cadillac.