Fabian Vasquez Euresti
The son of Mexican farm laborers, Fabian Vasquez Euresti was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He holds a BA in English Literature from CSU Bakersfield, and an MFA in Film Directing from California Institute of the Arts.
For Fabian, stories ultimately begin their journey in the physical landscape one occupies. The history of the land, at times troubling and tragic, provides a fascinating context. His formative years spent in rural California, largely inform his contemporary work.
Fabian’s work has screened at nearly twenty film festivals worldwide. He programs short and feature documentary film at Slamdance. He is currently working on a feature documentary about water in the West and developing a 1 hour episodic drama focusing on public health.
Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and activist based in London. Shire’s work embodies the kind of shape-shifting, culture-juggling spirit lurking in most people who can’t trace their ancestors to their country’s founding fathers, or whose ancestors look nothing like those fathers. In that limbo, Shire conjures up a new language for belonging and displacement.
She is author of collections Teaching My Mother How to Give (2011), Her Blue Body (2015), and Our Men Do Not Belong to Us (2015). Her poems have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, as well as in Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade (2016). Recently announced as London's poet laureate, she regularly tweets and shares her work on social media.
Walter Vargas is a filmmaker born and currently living in South Los Angeles. He has been dedicated to the transgressive nature of the moving image since shooting on Super 8mm film at 16. Teaching visual and media literacy is his principle belief in empowering youth from commercial representation of communities, Self and the other. A graduate from the California Institute of the Arts’ Film program, with a minor in Pedagogy, he’s in post-production of a feature film spotlighting indigenous Siberia’s encroachment from the forces of neoliberalist globalism.