Crystal Kayiza

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Crystal Kayiza was raised in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Jacob Burns Film Center Woman Filmmaker Fellowship and Points North Institute North Star Fellowship. Her film, EDGECOMBE, which received the 2018 Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution by PBS. Her most recent film, SEE YOU NEXT TIME, which aired on Starz, was an official selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released by the New Yorker. Crystal received a Heartland Emmy Award in 2012 for her film ALL THAT REMAINS, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation's last all-black towns.