Director Biography – Macy Mae Cowart (WHY WE PROTEST)

Macy Mae Cowart has had a camera in her hand making films since she was ten years old. Coming from an acting background and having a strong interest in writing, Cowart’s well roundedness allows her to accurately consider all roles involved in the production process while directing. Her short film “Silencing the Sirens” won second place at the TAPPS film competition and is an official selection of the Reel East Texas Film Festival in 2019. After earning her associate of arts degree in Theatre within her first year of college, Macy Macy transferred to Southern Methodist University where she studies Theatre and Journalism.

Art activism is the main drive of Cowart’s work. In 2020 she remotely directed an animated short advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement called “Why We Protest”. This short involved artists around the world and premiered on Juneteenth. Since then Macy Mae has started the Young Activist Artists group, a virtual space where student artists around the world will work together remotely to produce 3 projects a year advocating for social change through art activism

Director Statement

This has been an amazing collaborative effort by young artists around the world. We created this hoping it sparks important conversations, moments of silence, and a sense of urgency to create change. As young artists in this generation, we must use our artistry selflessly and powerfully.

By under5minutefilmfestival

The quarterly festival that focuses on the greatest under 5 minute short films from around the world. Films get showcased at the FEEDBACK Film Festival and receive an audience moderation video on their short.

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