About Me

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

Skills

Artist Statement

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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. 

Research Story Consulting  Feedback   Creative Writing   Curating Interviewing  Video Editing  Conversational French   Coaching   Camera Operation Matchmaking  Disability Consulting 

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

Elodie Edjang operating white drone during snowy Chicago Winter
Elodie Edjang smiles as she hold her camera on a monopod
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

Professional Summary

Hi! I'm Elodie Edjang (she/her). I am a values-based multidisciplinary storyteller and consultant with foundations in documentary filmmaking. I believe art is vehicle for personal development, social critique, and interpersonal connections. I am committed to peer support, community building and community engagement in the documentary field and plan to expand my skillsets into other areas including tech, design, and higher education.  

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 am the co-chair of 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 at the 2021 Full Frame Film Festival. 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
In my day to day I work as a Design Researcher for audio giant
Shure Inc. 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 and four other black women filmmakers take a selfie
Elodie Edjang gives a hands on camera operation tutorial to young filmmakers
Elodie Edjang posing with custom video editing pc build
Elodie Edjang, A black woman performing stand up comedy in overalls