Monica Sorelle
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“We are our own sun.”
– Ousmane Sembene
b. 1989, Miami, FL
Lives and works in Miami, FL

Education

2012
BFA, Film, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

2009
AA, Mass Communication, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

Selected Filmography

2023
Mountains (95 mins), Director/Co-Writer

2021   
Lost Underground (10 mins), Producer
You Can Always Come Home (6 mins), Producer
HOW TO: Oh, look at me (11 mins), Producer

2019
T (14 mins), Producer

Selected Festivals & Screenings

2024
Mountains, Miami Film Festival, Miami, FL
Mountains, Movies That Matter Film Festival, The Hague, NL
Mountains
, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Mountains
, Pan African Film & Arts Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Mountains
, Through the Lens of Black Women: Beauty and Expectations, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Mountains, Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg, SE

2023
Mountains, Film Fest Knox, Knoxville, TN
Mountains
, New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA
Mountains,
Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis, TN
Mountains, New Hampshire Film Festival, Porthsmouth, NH
Mountains
, Mill Valley Film Festival, Bay Area, CA
Mountains,
Charlotte Film Festival, Charlotte, NC
Mountains
, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, ON
Mountains, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Mountains, Tribeca Festival, New York, NY

2022
You Can Always Come Home, Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
You Can Always Come Home, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
You Can Always Come Home, Miami Film Festival, Miami, FL

2021
Lost Underground, Untitled Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
You Can Always Come Home, New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA
HOW TO: Oh, look at me, SoundScape Park, Miami, FL

2020
T, Miami Film Festival, Miami, FL
T, Berlinale, Berlin, DE
T, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

2019
T, New Orleans Film Festival, New Orleans, LA
T, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions

2024
As We Move Forward, Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

2023 
Ojos Caribe, Homework Gallery, Miami, FL
South Florida Cultural Consortium, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, FL
Intertidal: Moving Images from South Florida, PAMMTV
Ojos Caribe, Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA), Miami, FL

2022
Miami is Not the Caribbean. Yet it Feels Like it, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

2021
Feels Like 97°, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Rupture/Ruptura, University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, College Park, MD

2020
Materialize, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

2019
On The Road ll, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

Awards, Grants, & Residencies

2024
Mountains, Made in MIA Feature Film Award, Miami Film Festival
Resident Artist, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL
Mountains, Someone to Watch Award, Film Independent Spirit Awards

2023
Mountains, Audience Award, Narrative Feature, New Orleans Film Festival
Mountains
, American Regional Competition Jury Prize, Film Fest Knox
Mountains
, Best Narrative Feature, Indie Memphis Film Festival
Ellies Creator Award, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL
Mountains
, Grand Jury Prize, Narrative, New Hampshire Film Festival
Mountains
, Best Narrative Feature, Charlotte Film Festival
Mountains, Best Ensemble Cast, Charlotte Film Festival
South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami, FL
Mountains, Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative, BlackStar Film Festival
Wavemaker Grant, R+D Implementation, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Miami Individual Artists Stipend Program Award, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami, FL
Mountains, U.S. Narrative Feature Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Festival
Fellow, Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE), Homestead, FL

2019-2023
Cinematic Arts Residency, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL

2022  
Mountains, U.S. in Progress, American Film Festival, Wrocław, PL
Mountains, Gotham Week Project Market — U.S. Features in Post, Brooklyn, NY
Wavemaker Grant, Research + Development, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Miami Individual Artists Stipend Program Award, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami, FL
You Can Always Come Home, Knight Made in MIA Award, First Prize, Miami Film Festival

2021-22
Resident Artist, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL
Caribbean Cultural Institute Artist Fellowship, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL

2021
Mountains, Gotham Week Project Market — U.S. Features, Virtual
Southern Producer’s Lab, New Orleans Film Society, Virtual

2020
Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program, Virtual
T, Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Miami Film Festival
T, Golden Bear for Best Short Film, Berlinale

2019
T, Special Jury Mention for Breakthrough in Filmmaking, New Orleans Film Festival
T, Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival
T, Favorite Narrative Short, BlackStar Film Festival
Home + Away: Atlantic Center for the Arts, Oolite Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

2018
Southern Producers Lab, New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans, LA

Professional Experience

2023-24
Festival Managing Director, Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami, FL

2019-20
Program Director, Video Art Club, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL 

2018-20
Associate Director, Programs & Industry; Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami, FL

2019
Teaching Artist, The Big Payback Summer Camp, Miami, FL    
Artist Mentor, Video Art Club, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL 

2017-19
Advising Artist, After School Film Institute, Miami, FL

2017-18
Teaching Assistant, New York Film Academy South Beach, Miami, FL

Film Programming

2019
MOCA Moving Images: Of Men and Gods, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

2018
Afro-Futurist Visions, (F)empower Presents: 2040, Miami, FL

2018
Telling Tales: Caribbean Short Film Block, Miami Book Fair, Miami, FL

Lectures, Presentations, & Workshops

2024
DISplace Closing Celebration Panel, Green Space Miami, FL

2023    
AIRIE Asks: Pre-Miami Art Week Special, Soho Beach House, Miami Beach, FL
Moving Mountains in Cinema: The Creative Process, Mind the Gap Summit, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Rafael, CA
Aimé Césaire: The Mask of Words,
University of Miami Center for Global Black Studies, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables, FL
MOCA Moving Images: Moloch Tropical, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

2022
Documenting Our Landscape, Oolite Arts, Miami Beach, FL

2021
Afrofuturism, Slamdance Miami, Historic Hampton House, Miami, FL
Collective Conversations, New Negress Film Society, Virtual

2020
Local Views: Monica Sorelle, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Virtual

2018
Casting for Filmmakers & Actors, Miami Independent Film Festival, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami, FL