DIRECTOR OF SMILE4KIME
Elena Herminia Guzman is an Afro-Boricua documentary filmmaker, educator, and anthropologist raised in the Bronx with deep roots in the LES. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is now an Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. Her film work focuses on the metaphysical and ethereal experiences of African diaspora spirituality. She is the director of the film SMILE4KIME, a short film that explores mental health, friendship, and spirituality. She is also co-producing and serving as a cinematographer in a docuseries called Conjure. As a part of her work in film, she co-founded a feminist filmmaking collective called Ethnocine and is a producer of the podcast Bad Feminists Making Films.