Faculty Biography

Talena Sanders

Talena Sanders, M.F.A., is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist interested in the development of individual and collective senses of identity and belonging.
Through examining the influences of visual and material culture, dress and adornment, and geographic place, her work seeks to understand the ways in which people produce their self-worth within and against social institutions.
She holds an MFA from Duke University's Experimental and Documentary Arts program and a BFA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. Her work has been screened, exhibited and collected internationally, including at New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde, Marseille Festival of Documentary Film (FID Marseille), Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Viennale, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Play-Doc Tui and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She has previously taught film production and film studies at the University of Montana and Duke University.