Discipline: Film/Video – feature

Naima Ramos-Chapman

Discipline: Film/Video – feature
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Naima Ramos-Chapman is a witer, director, and editor on the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Random Acts of Flyness.” Ramos-Chapman has been featured in Cultured, Nylon, and The Cut. She makes stories, stemming from true events, which incorporate magical realism and seek to juxtapose psycho-spiritual realities alongside the brutal mundanities of everyday life. Naima draws attention to stories infrequently told in and by her community.

Naima’s first short, And Nothing Happened, explores the psychological aftermath of sexualized violence and premiered at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival. It also screened at the L.A. Film Festival, BAMcinemafest, Blackstar Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Urbanworld, CinemAfrica in Stockholm and Tacoma Film Festival--where it won Best Director. It is now a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Naima’s second short film, PIU PIU, premiered at Blackstar Film Festival in 2018, won its first award—for best cinematography—at Tacoma Film Festival, and screened at Slamdance Film Festival in 2019. In 2017, Naima received a Sundance Institute Screenwriting Intensive fellowship for her first feature-length script Sad Songs in Languages I Don't Understand, currently in development.

She enjoys making art with her friends and families in Bed-Stuy and Flatbush, Brooklyn.



Naima Ramos-Chapman worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio and recital hall for chamber music, the latter purpose was soon found to be too disruptive to…

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