Maori is a filmmaker, curator, and cultural producer. Her documentary and music videos have screened internationally and been broadcast throughout the US. Her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop is currently distributed by Third World Newsreel. She has received awards from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Independence Media, Women’s Way, Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights, and was named a Creative Ambassador by Visit Philadelphia. Maori is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival (2012-present) and has curated programs in film and performance at ICA, Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Painted Bride Art Center, International House, and Swarthmore College. Other projects include KinoWatt (2011-2012, co-curated with Sara Zia Ebrahimi) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2006-2010). Maori received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, her BA in History from American University, and studied Design & Production at the graduate level at California Institute of the Arts. She is currently serving as Director of Public Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Pennsylvania. Previous professional positions include Leeway Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, Department of Media Studies & Production at Temple University, Netter Center at University of Pennsylvania, Sony Music, and Washington City Paper.