Ifeyinwa Arinze has been introduced because the 2021 Grantee for the inaugural Hayden5 RISE Gear Grant. Sponsored by  Hayden5 and Video Consortium, the initiative is devoted to supporting rising, underrepresented filmmakers and visible journalists. In being honored, Arinze acquired a video gear package deal with a retail worth of roughly $15,000 USD. The Video Consortium’s Filmmaker Advisory Council served as an impartial decision-making physique to assist choose the profitable filmmaker, out of 100 candidates.

Arinze is an NYC-based neuroscientist-turned-filmmaker from Nigeria. Her work is concentrated on highlighting Black feminine relationships and intimacy by a myriad of lenses. Her movies have screened at Detroit Arts Narrative, DePaul College, and the brief movie platform Argo. Arinze was additionally a part of Vimeo’s Black Artistry in Movie Showcase. 

At the moment a graduate instructing assistant and MFA candidate within the Graduate Movie program at NYU Tisch Faculty of the Arts, Arinze beforehand labored as a neuroscience researcher in Massachusetts and Michigan. She continues to attract inventive inspiration from human conduct as a filmmaker. She acquired her BA from Mount Holyoke Faculty and can also be a 2021 BAFTA New York Scholar.

“Creating tales about Black girlhood and womanhood, in all its complexities, is my North Star,” says Arinze. “I’m so honored to obtain the assist of Video Consortium and Hayden5 grant as I proceed to make intimate movies with us on the middle, and never on the fringes.”

Learn extra concerning the grant on videoconsortium.org.