Kaliya Warren is currently interning for Lisa Russell’s projects “41”, a short poetry film on police brutality and a biographical book/script on the life of Former Kansas City Black Panther Leader, Pete O’Neal.
Kaliya is a recent graduate of the Film & Television program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked for acclaimed directors Spike Lee and Mira Nair, assisting on projects such as Passing Strange and HBO's If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise. Her most recent film "Trip the Light Fantastic" is the recipient of the "Excellence in Experimental Film" and "Excellence in Editing" awards at NYU's 2010 New Visions & Voices Festival, and was an official selection of 2011 Sehsüchte International Film Festival in Potsdam, Germany.
Warren entered the film world with social issue documentaries examining local youth in Minneapolis; "Mogadishu in the Midwest," about local Somali immigrants, and "Mix it Up," about multiracial teenagers, which received recognition at the 2006 YoungCuts International Film Festival in Canada. Warren was Teen Curator of the 2007 Girls In the Director's Chair Film Festival at Minnesota's renowned Walker Arts Center. Kaliya is currently in post-production for her NYU Thesis Film, "The Grown-Ups," starring Yelena Noah as a a struggling young community activist.