Writer/Director Alberta Poon on Hiring Underrepresented Talent and Telling Untold Stories

The Portland filmmaker explains her recent projects and the values behind them

Alberta Poon is a first-generation Chinese-American writer and director. The creative aura surrounding her work emanates from years of fronting musical acts, developing shorts for her comedic web series Scorpiono, and working with her hands as a metalsmith. On principle, Alberta strives for diversity and the incorporation of powerful female characters to tell their exceptional stories. A common thread that ties her work together is inclusivity within underrepresented communities, both in front of and behind the camera.

Through Alberta's commitment to creating inclusive spaces and pursuing subject matters she can personally resonate with, her work is a perfect example of unapologetic tenderness. In this inaugural edition of our new video interview series Long Story Short, Alberta talks to us about authenticity in advertising, how to find your voice, and her love for FKA twigs' use of wire work in her music video for "Sad Day."

For more about the work Alberta discusses in her video, please visit these links:
One Step [Society Nine]
Sad Day [FKA twigs]


Video edit by Carly Angeloni.

"Long Story Short" is a new Muse video series produced with FREE THE WORK, a nonprofit initiative and talent discovery platform for underrepresented creators. Head to freethework.com to search for more talented creators to work with. For more about Alberta Poon, visit her Free The Work page.

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Ashley Epping is art director of Muse by Clio and program lead at the Clio Awards.

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