For Uvalde
short film
director, producer
Get Lit
summer 2022
Editor: @leilajarman;  Director of Photography: @gabesandoval_; Gaffer: @camera.slut ; Key Grip: @toni.andres96;  Sound Tech: @_heather_gray;  DIT: @1800xochi

"FOR UVALDE" was written and performed by Sierra Leone Anderson in response to the Uvalde shooting.

“fear is visceral on its own, but the particular chill of feeling unsafe in your own space is especially intimate. I casted my friends Sam, Olivia, and Leila because they know that feeling. I wanted everything about this film to be youth-centered and real.” - Sierra Leone Anderson

Get Lit asked Zion Estrada and Sierra Leone Anderson to create a metaphorical peice illustrating the rippling fear that other highschool students feel after witnessing shootings across the country.

The cast consisted of Anderson’s real life highschool friends Sam Lue, Olivia Smith and Leila Adams-Taylor. Get Lit - Words Ignite, executive produced this project using funds they received from the NBA Foundation to support black youth and workforce development.

Zion Estrada (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist researcher living on Gabrielleno/Tongva/Chumash Land. Her work flows between archival assemblage filmmaking, sonic collage production and experiential design centering human and more-than-human (re)connection.

Zion’s  experimental collage language in film and sonic works often use layering of field recordings, found sounds and carefully curated sound clips that score a line of discourse that complicate temporality, history and meaning making. Her practice is informed by the palimpsest and Pauline Olivero’s Deep Listening. 

She is most interested in the non-verbal and more-than-human qualities of storytelling from the African diaspora (specifically the Caribbean) and how sounds hold the spirits of the past and the alchemic power to magnetize communities, movement, moods, and healing. She draws from the traditions of Black Trans abolitionists care making, sex worker solidarity,  doula presence practices and movement architects love of release.

Zion is currently is practicing in emergent transformative justice work with Abolition Dream lab practicing in radical learning communities how to prepare, account, release and re-story the harms we have caused, the roots the harms have in culture and systemic violence  while centering care, healing and rest.

Zion is the Creative Director of Black Discourse, co-founder of Wild Grass Design + Research Lab and owner of BZE Consultant LLC.  She holds a M.A. Ed focused in participatory research and linquistics.

Director of Programs at BLD PWR; holds 10yrs as educator and curriculum developer.

Board member at Citizens of Culture
Exhibitor at the Ghetto Biennale in Jacmel, Haiti 2024
Participant in MIT Worlding Project Community 2023