Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D. is considered a pioneer in African American independent cinema. She creates with the moving image as a filmmaker and as an interaction digital media artist blending filmmaking and gaming. Considered the first African American female animator and one of the first to write, produce and direct a 35mm feature film (Alma’s Rainbow), Ayoka helped pioneer a genre of filmmaking now identified as African American independent cinema. Ayoka’s films are in many permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her recent interaction design projects have been shown in Turkey, Germany, Portugal and at South-By-Southwest. She was featured as part of TEDxPeachtree (https://www.youtube.com/watch?