About iMPACT LENS
Centering transformative stories about stolen people on stolen land.
iMPACT LENS is a narrative justice initiative of Cathartic Muse providing resources and training in non-extractive media-based storytelling and impact producing to BIPoC creatives.
We believe in the power of impact-driven radical storytelling to inspire healing from generational trauma and empower marginalized communities to liberate themselves from oppressive narratives that do not serve them.
We leverage technology and the digital landscape to strengthen connections across diasporas and cultivate opportunities for BIPoC creatives to collaborate in impactful ways.
-- We acknowledge that we are on stolen land of the Puyallup people and Coast Salish Territories --
ʔuk’wədiitəb ʔuhigwətəb čəɫ txwəl tiiɫ ʔa čəɫ ʔal tə swatxwixwtxwəd ʔə tiiɫ puyaləpabš dxwəsɫaɫlils gwəl ʔutxwəlšucidəbs həlgwəʔ.
We gratefully acknowledge that we rest on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People where they make their home and speak the Lushootseed language.
iMPACT LENS Principles + Integrated Frameworks
What we create is rooted in an impact producing framework (social change + media strategy = impact-driven media) and non-extractive storytelling techniques. Our commitment to transformative equity and justice is informed by the following values that we work and live by:
Centering under-resourced creatives who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color as creators and consumers of media.
Resourcing communities who are under-represented in media and the arts such as BIPoC folx, folx living with disabilities, Trans, non-binary, queer, low-income, women, and undocumented folx (an abbreviated list).
Decolonizing our origin stories and producing media that uplifts Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty through the social and historical lenses of these communities.
Practicing culturally affirming storytelling that honors the intersectionality of diverse identities and lived experiences.
Embodying a trauma-informed analysis of systemic oppression as it relates to representations of generational and historical trauma.
Promoting personal and collective healing through a Narrative Justice model called Consciously Bearing Witness that serves to empower marginalized communities to tell their own stories and be witnessed on their own terms.
Committing to a rigorous practice of reflecting on our impact as media makers and storytellers through radical humility and accountability rooted in continuous community engagement.
Normalizing returning to ancestral ways of knowing, being and connecting in body, mind and spirit.
Founder + Executive Producer
CHIMAERA is a Black, non-binary, queer multidisciplinary artist, community organizer and anti-oppression consultant from Tacoma, Washington’s Hilltop neighborhood located on the stolen lands of the Puyallup people and Coast Salish Territories.
For almost two decades, their impact-driven body of work organizing for Black liberation in solidarity with Indigenous sovereignty has focused on engaging BIPoC folx and community-based non-profit organizations in transformative, intersectional, trauma informed healing justice practices through group facilitation, creative collaborations, and individualized coaching.
In 2018, CHIMAERA founded Cathartic Muse, a production company focused on using trauma informed storytelling and immersive creative experiences to elevate marginalized voices in media and center the stories of stolen people on stolen land that included the Memoirs from the Diaspora screening and artist panel in partnership with Seattle Public Library and the SKINFOLK documentary series highlighting the cultural history of the headwrap among Black people.
Currently, CHIMAERA is launching a new initiative called iMPACT LENS that will provide resources and training in non-extractive documentary filmmaking and impact producing to BIPoC filmmakers.
devon de Leña
devon is an award-winning filmmaker, leadership coach, community facilitator, and politicized healer born and raised in occupied Duwamish Territory in the Pacific Northwest. For over fifteen years, she has been working at the intersection of social justice, movement building, and cultural-change work. She belives in a future of collective liberation, dignity and interdependence and utilizes the tools of leadership development, media-making and healing justice to shift culture and incite change.
In 2017 devon became an award-winning film director for her first film Battle Grounds: the hard hits of female poppers. The film won the “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the APA D.C. Film Festival, Best Shorts Festival and was officially selected for Seattle Asian American Film Festival, San Fransisco Dance Film Festival, Mixed Remixed Festival, La Femme International Film Festival and Chi-Town Film Festival.
devon is currently co-producing the Finding Our Way podcast with Prentis Hemphill and developing the full-length documentary Remembering Our Mothers. www.devondelena.com