We first learned of Vashti when we came across her film Jeffrey’s Calypso, during one of many internet searches for Caribbean films to screen at our monthly film series. We didn’t reach out to her immediately but as luck would have it, she found us. We immediately set up a meeting, during which we talked about everything, from CaFA’s work and interest in promoting Caribbean filmmakers, to her work, making the film, growing up as Indo-Caribbean in Wisconsin and keeping the strong connection with her Caribbean roots. It was a great conversation – she was open and easy to talk to and by the end of the meeting, we asked if we could interview her for “Beyond the Camera” interview series. Here are the results:
Vashti Anderson is a filmmaker whose Indian, Trinidadian, and Midwestern background has had a profound impact on her work. As a result, she has developed a passion for telling stories that examine the complex and ever-changing themes of cultural identity. She holds an MFA in Film from New York University and has won grants, recognition and awards at national and international film festivals.