Sheridan Prize for Art

The 2021 Sheridan Prize for Art Archive

Celia C. Peters is a filmmaker and visual artist creating daring futurist stories about intriguing, authentic characters. She is currently developing her afrofuturist feature film GODSPEED in partnership with the Artists Studio at Warner Bros. Discovery 150. In 2022, she launched her afrofuturist audio drama DOMESTICATED. The same year she was named a 2022 Cultural Strategist in Government for the City of Oakland at the African American Museum and Library of Oakland; in this role, she will reimagine their permanent exhibit of Oakland’s Black history using digital and immersive media. She curated Blackness Revisualized, WNET/’s inaugural and ongoing afrofuturist film festival. She is also director of Shutdown, a historical documentary produced by Ohio State University, currently in post-production. She is also an ongoing Advisor to Sundance Co//ab courses, including ”Beyond the First Act”; “Writing Your First Act!” and “Screenwriting: Crafting Your Sci-Fi Feature.” In 2019-2020, Peters was a lecturer at Ohio State University; she also created the B.A.M.N. (By Any Means Necessary) Make Your Short Film! filmmaking course and Screenwriting Basics course that she has taught to youth and adults. In 2018, she delivered a keynote speech at the NAACP National Convention and attended the Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Festival with feature project Godspeed. In 2017, Peters was awarded a Residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts for her experimental sci-fi short film MISSION. Her screenplays have been prize-winning and recognized in competition. Her work has screened in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Cleveland and London; also on public and cable television. She has produced content for Afropunk, New York Comic Con and California African American Museum (L.A.). Peters is an honors graduate of University Michigan with a B.A. in French and Political Science, and holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. As well, she did graduate studies in clinical psychology at NYU.

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