v. t. nayani (nine-knee, she/her/hers) is a working artist and storyteller for the screen. she is a big kid with big dreams of creating boundless heart work, within and beyond our little-big galaxy. she is the imaginer and creator of mutuals pictures, a production home rooted in mutual support, which is dedicated to making room for new waves of stories and amplifying fresh voices on screen. 

nayani is a recent alumni of the 2021 Directors' Lab in the Canadian Film Centre's Norman Jewison Film Program. currently, she is a selected participant in the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's 2021/22 Directors Program for Women. in 2022, nayani will make her long-awaited feature directorial debut with This Place, produced with the generous support of Telefilm Canada, CBC Films, Inside Out Film & Video Festival, Ontario Arts Council, Station 369, and Hometeam Films.

at the centre of nayani's craft is care for community. she is ever-grateful to her ancestors, elders, guides, and comrades, for helping ensure that she continues to reach the here, now, and beyond. for over a decade, she's been weaving the elements and creating new worlds in cinema, television, and digital playgrounds. through her heartwork, based in both lived realities and multiple imaginations, nayani explores what it looks and feels like to come of age, at every stage of one's lifetime. with all of her ever-soft heart, she is always trying to make stuff that makes us feel stuff. (for official bio, please click here)  

on repeat"spaceships don't come equipped with rear view mirrors" - 3 stacks


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