Aisha Amin (USA/Kenya)
2023 Storylines Lab
Aisha Amin is a New York City-raised South Asian filmmaker. As a director, her work expands across narrative, documentary, commercial and experimental forms to tell authentic stories built from real experiences. Her past film projects have explored and highlighted overlooked communities particularly in New York City, including formerly incarcerated mothers and communities struggling with the presence of gentrification in their neighborhoods. She is a 2022 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Tomorrowland grant and a 2021 recipient of the NYFA Women’s Fund grant. She was a recipient of the 2019-2020 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center, where she directed two short documentaries. She is also a recipient of The Shed’s Open Call Fellowship, where she expanded her practice to installation art. Her short film Friday is a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her very first narrative short film, Simone, premiered on Short of the Week and had its premiere at Rockaway Film Festival. Aisha is completing her M.F.A. in Directing and Writing at Columbia University in New York City.
No Good Deed — A teenage girl mourning the loss of her mother to alcoholism is forced to perform community service as part of her juvenile probation and joins a missionary group on a volunteer tourism trip to rural Kenya. While there, she bears witness to strange and supernatural occurrences and becomes embroiled with the leader of the group, who puts her own morals into question.