Celia C. Peters is a filmmaker and artist of the new millennium exploring the horizons of character-driven work featuring compelling stories and authentically diverse characters. She explores narratives rooted in the emotional complexity of the human experience and strives to create film that challenges expectations while provoking thought and feeling.
In 2015, Peters’ script, Roxë15, was selected for participation in CultivEight, a feature film development incubator sponsored by the NEA Art Works Program. She was awarded a 2012 residency at Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Midlothian, Scotland. Her psychologically inspired, character-driven screenplays have been both prize-winning [African American Women in Cinema Film Festival; San Francisco Black Film Festival] and recognized in competition [Sundance Writers Lab Finalist; Beverly Hills Film Festival Selection; Bluecat Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalist; IFP-Gordon Parks Finalist]. In 2003, she was selected for the IFP Project Involve Fellowship (Narrative).
Her filmmaker credits include the science fiction short film, Roxë15, which is currently in post-production. Her experimental short film FIOFY (Figure It Out for Yourself) was created for Conjuration, a 2012 Jean-Michel Basquiat tribute show in New York; the piece also screened in the Festival of Art and Music revolution in London in April 2013. Peters wrote, directed and produced the short documentary Rethinking Beauty, which explores non-traditional modeling as a vehicle for youth empowerment; this film was selected for the 2012 Women in Media-Newark Women’s History Month Film Festival. Peters wrote, produced, directed and shot the special feature Editing Uptown (2010), a special feature on the DVD of independent film Uptown. Her short film Breakthrough, which was broadcast on BET’s The Best Shorts series in 2007-08, has screened in film festivals nationally. Her short films have been shown in festivals and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Dallas. In 2007, she produced a half-hour documentary The State of Hip-Hop for WHUT/PBS in Washington, D.C. Peters is creator and producer of the dramatic reading series “The Next 15 Minutes(TM),” and has directed/produced staged readings at Tribeca Film Center, the National Black Theater of Harlem and South Oxford Space in Brooklyn.
Peters has a wealth of multimedia experience. A seasoned editorial writer, she has been published in print and online, and has produced written content for America Online, Essence, The Baltimore Sun, Trace Magazine, Honey Magazine, D.C. Modern Luxury, BET.com, and RevolutionHealth.com, among others. Her visual graphic art, photography and video work have shown at galleries in Columbus, Detroit, New York, London and Dallas.
Peters is an honors graduate of University Michigan with a B.A. in French and Political Science, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. As well, she has done graduate studies in clinical psychology at New York University. Currently, Peters is developing her science fiction feature film, Godspeed.