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I was born in Paris, France to Cameroonian parents and later immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia at a young age. Being exposed to three continents during the most formative years of my life has shaped my interest in outcasts, marginalization, community, tradition, and collage. I am interested in the idea of collage on a conceptual and practical level. Genres like satire, dramedy, live-action animation mixtures excite me.

I specialize in short-form content, non-traditional portraits, and blending narrative and documentary techniques.  I am obsessed with the concept of community and what it means to belong.  At the root, my work is a commentary on traditions, systems, or societal values. 

Elodie Edjang, black woman holding a 16mm vintage film camera

Artist Statement

Elodie Edjang, A black woman performing stand up comedy in overalls
Two men eat at a table as a black woman eats from a dumpster
Close up of Elodie Edjang eating dry cereal in a dumpster
Elodie Edjang gives a hands on camera operation tutorial to young filmmakers

Professional Summary

Hi! I'm Elodie Edjang (she/her). I am a multi-disciplinary artist and documentary story consultant from Atlanta, GA. I value exploring the grey area in life. I specialize in short-form content, non-traditional portraits, and blending various mediums and techniques. 

Career

I worked as the lead video editor for Local Legend Films, a Chicago-based production company and social enterprise committed to employing young men at risk of gun violence. I was selected as a 2019 NeXt Doc Fellow, a fellowship for emerging filmmakers of color. I have been involved with media organizations exploring social issues including Australian television program Insight, a leading forum for ideas and powerful first-person stories and Kartemquin Films a non-profit production company and collaborative center for documentary media makers. My latest short documentary Book of Daniel (2018) screened at Tacoma Film Festival (2018), Black Harvest Film Festival (2019), and Block Cinema of Art (2018).
Community Building
I love community building and sharing resources and information, especially for emerging filmmakers. I currently serve on the mentorship committee for the Alliance of Documentary Editors (ADE) and help run and coordinate our Shadow Days program. Most recently I helped support the launch of ADE's BIPOC Doc Editors database. I am currently developing a podcast to further share knowledge among documentarians and am interested in birthing long-term solutions to ameliorate the filmmaking process.
Currently
I am directing a hybrid feature length documentary about queer Christian women of color and co-directing a short documentary about Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn through Red Door Media Collective, a five person collective of emerging filmmakers. I hold an MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University and earned a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A.J. in Advertising from the University of Georgia.

If you're looking for ways to support my work you can donate to my work in progress here.

Thanks for your support!

Elodie Edjang smiles as she hold her camera on a monopod
Elodie Edjang operating white drone during snowy Chicago Winter
Elodie Edjang posing with custom video editing pc build

Skills

Story Consulting/Feedback Creative Writing     Video Editing   Curating Conversational French    Coaching   Camera Operation  Matchmaking 

Adobe Premiere  Adobe Photoshop   Google Suite   Canon C Series    Sony FS5- FS7  DSLRS  Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Cameras  Lavaliere + Shotgun Microphones 

Custom PC Builds

Recent Work Experience

2020-

VILIFY MEDIA, Founder

Video Life From+For You | Production company and filmmaker coaching business that enhances creatives visions through a values-based approach

2020-

Manifold, Consulting Producer

Short docu-series centered on Black Chicago LGBTQ+ stories

  • Support young filmmakers through the production and post production process as well as share feedback with creative producers and directors on rough cut edits

2018-2020

Local Legend Films, Lead Video Editor

  • Responsibilities included editing, mentoring, directing, producing and post-production coordination

  • Clients: Hertz, Home Run Inn Pizza, Adler University

2018

National High School Institute at Northwestern University,  Faculty

5 week intensive summer program that teaches college level film production to high school students

  • Production Core

  • Hybrid Documentary

Education

Northwestern University

Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Media

University of Georgia

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Advertising

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology

Professional Memberships

  • Alliance of Documentary Editors

  • The Back Porch 

  • Brown Girls Doc Mafia

  • Experimental Sound Studios

  • International Documentary Association

  • Mezcla Media Collective

  • Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council

  • Red Door Media Collective