Chelsea Odufu is a Guyanese, Nigerian, American los Ángeles and New York-based Filmmaker and Visual Artist. Her work explores culture, identity, Black spirituality, and African & Caribbean folktales for African Diasporic people. Her afro-futuristic approach allows her to tell empowering stories that challenge the ideas we have about marginalized communities.
Chelsea received her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Upon graduation from Tisch, Chelsea worked with Spike Lee on several projects such as Chi-Raq, and She’s Gotta Have it. Chelsea has created two award-winning films titled Ori Inu: In Search of Self (2016) and Black Lady Goddess (2020), which were official selections in over 20 film festivals worldwide and were featured on platforms such as the Huffington Post, NY Times, NBC News, Afro-Punk, Forbes to name a few.
She has directed and produced content for Target, Dr. Martens, Cadillac, Fiverr, & Gillette Venus. Chelsea was also one of twelve artists selected in 2021 for Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal Residency in Dakar. She has recently completed her residency, where she created a multi-channel video & sound installation exploring the Syncretic nature of Senegalese Sufism. Chelsea’s work seeks to close the media gap disparity by creating powerful imagery of diverse communities.