Stephanie Owens' background stretches from creator to curation. Her experience as a filmmaker, photographer, and film festival programmer has equipped her with insight into various forms of storytelling and the multifaceted needs of filmmakers and artists. She has programmed for Sundance, Palm Springs ShortFest, LA Film Festival, IDA’s Getting Real Conference, and has also participated in festival and funding juries. Owens is driven to support distinct voices from emerging and BIPOC filmmakers and artists working in nonfiction. She's excited to cultivate spaces that encourage and uplift artists developing their own language to tell stories and pushing the boundaries of form. Her personal work is rooted in collaboration with the people she records, often exposing the relationship between filmmaker and protagonist. Owens is continuously pulled to explore what it means to be both here and there—a part of and apart. She has a BA from the University of Virginia and MFA in Art and Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts.