de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A109E
4400 University Drive, MS 5D8
Fairfax, VA 22030
May Santiago is an emerging film scholar and micro-budget filmmaker. Her work focuses on themes of intersectional identity within mental health, queer identity, and decolonization. She possesses a BFA in Film Production from the University of Central Florida, producing Little Girls (2013) as her undergraduate thesis film as part of a study of teen films and the effect they have on female teen societies. She also possesses an MFA in Digital Entrepreneurial Cinema from the University of Central Florida where she created Nightgaze (2017), a “visual album” based in music video theory to depict a young woman’s visceral experience with depression. While in school, May produced, directed, and edited many short films, including Teen Idle (2014), an essay film on the study of the pageant image and Super’mance (2015), a fantasy-action short. Her work has screened across the country, including the Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, Tampa Bay Comic Con, Florida’s Undergraduate Research Conference, Orlando Film Festival, and more. May has a slate of projects coming up, including a foreign-horror based podcast she hosts and writes, Horrorspiria, and another essay film based on female friendships juxtaposed against the obstacles of colonization, immigration, and distance.
MFA, Digital Entrepreneurial Cinema, University of Central Florida
Faculty Rank: Instructor