”the more honestly you put yourself into the story,
the more that story will concern others as well.”
-Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Kersti Jan Werdal was born and raised in Lake Forest Park, Washington. She moved to New York City at age 21 and developed a career in arts management before earning a BFA in Sociocultural Anthropology with honors from Columbia University in 2017. While there, she made her first film: an observational documentary about an Italian ceramic studio. After deciding to pursue filmmaking full-time, she was accepted to the MFA program in Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts with a Lilian Disney scholarship, where she will graduate in May 2020.

Her films have shown at Now Instant Image Hall, Zebulon, MonoNoAware, and Blum & Poe in Los Angeles; Anthology Film Archives and Union Docs in New York; The San Diego Underground Film Festival; The Portland Museum of Modern Art; RVCA Gallery in Australia; and 0fr Gallery in Paris.

Today her favorite film is: Streetwise by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell (1984)

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