Katiana Weems-Ado

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Katiana is an American director & cinematographer.

An alumna of Syracuse University's Film Production Program, she graduated summa cum laude a VPA scholar- the college's highest undergraduate honor. In the year following, she has continued her involvement with the program by assisting classes as a TA and returning as a guest lecturer. She has also studied film internationally at FAMU University and holds a BFA in Film Production and an AA in Film Studies.

​Following the completion of her undergraduate degrees, she began interning with London & LA based Somesuch as an image researcher. Katiana then began a career in teaching where she has served as a curriculum writer and instructor for multiple Film courses at Baltimore School of the Arts' Film & Visual Storytelling department and an adjunct professor at Towson University in their Electronic Film & Media department. She has also worked as an instructor for film courses at her alma mater, Syracuse, where she continues to serve as a guest lecturer when she is able to.  In the past few years she has become quite fond of teaching cinematography and lighting workshops, notably at Johns Hopkins University & Syracuse University.

In her career as a cinematographer & director, Katiana has worked on short films, music videos, and promotional work to tell stories on screen that are dynamic and seek to process and unearth raw emotion. Her films are often rooted in their complex explorations of grief. As an educator, she encourages this same authenticity in her students- to help them develop the skills to communicate through film in a way that resonates with themselves, their communities, and the world at large.

She was semi-finalist for the 2022 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, and was a 2023 Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellow.

She is currently based in London, working towards her MFA in Arts & Humanities at the Royal College of Art.




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