Anaiis Cisco is a filmmaker and assistant professor of moving image production in film and media studies at Smith College. Cisco teaches digital video production courses as she develops media that explores the emotional and internal journeys of Black characters, confronting intimate moments of violence and trauma in diverse story worlds. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in cinema from San Francisco State University, where she was awarded a 2018 Princess Grace Award (Louis D. Srybnik Film Award) for her graduate thesis film, Drip Like Coffee. Her short films have screened at dozens of film festivals such as Outfest, NewFest, and Raindance, while also broadcasting on networks like REVOLT TV’s Short & Fresh and KQED’s Film School Shorts programs. She’s also produced a series of short videos exhibited as a backdrop for the 20th Anniversary of the “Who is Jill Scott” World Tour.