Janicza Bravo

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Born in New York, raised in Panama, and now residing in Los Angeles, Bravo has been making innovative and engaging independent cinema since 2011, beginning with the Vice-produced short Eat!. The viciously funny film debut stars Katherine Waterston (who has since become an indie darling with Inherent Vice and Queen of Earth) and Brett Gelman (a familiar face in comedy). After her Michael Cera-led short Gregory Go Boom won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Bravo was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.” With a background in theater, which she studied at New York University, Bravo fearlessly embraces new forms, genres, and technologies. Hard World for Small Things, Bravo’s first turn to virtual reality, premiered last year at Sundance and was also the highlight of Tribeca’s 2016 Virtual Arcade. The live-action short offers viewers a backseat to what appears to be an average ride among friends to a neighborhood deli but becomes a shocking look at police violence in Los Angeles.