Welcome! My name is Nijla Mu'min and I'm an award-winning writer and filmmaker, originally from the East Bay Area. I've directed a number of short films and have written several feature film scripts, one of which I was recently awarded Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Screenplay at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival. I love writing and making films. I also love working with youth, and teaching them the essentials of filmmaking and screenwriting. In my time as a Teaching Artist, I've encouraged my students to tell personal stories that mean something to them. I encourage my students to take risks in their storytelling, to approach subject matter that requires them to think and explore the world around them, to observe daily life and capture images that reflect humanity.
For the last three years, I've worked with students in elementary, junior high school, and high school at the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP), Venice Arts, the Fernando Pullum Center for the Performing Arts, and Sitar Arts. I've taught documentary filmmaking, stop motion animation, screenwriting, and narrative filmmaking. I work with my students to bring their films through the various stages of development, building on their skills in writing, shot design/framing, cinematography, directing, and editing. I am currently developing my own screenwriting workshop for youth, entitled "Story-Building For Youth."
Named for the delectable, life-changing sweet potato pies that my grandmother Geneva used to make, Sweet Potato Pie Media will encompass a full service media creation suite specializing in videography, photography, social media consulting, college/academic advising, and filmmaking/screenwriting workshops for youth. Currently, I am offering my services as a Teaching Artist.
Please stay tuned as this venture grows.