How We Look is a series of short films about dwarf culture and identity. Directed and produced by two little people (LP) artists Julie Wyman and Sofiya Cheyenne, the project utilizes a participatory mode of filmmaking, prioritizing inclusion and ethics in representing disabled lives, bodies, and stories. Unlike most minority communities, the legacy of Little People is not one of invisibility, but of hyper-visibility. Using a process that is performative, playful, and experimental, the project grapples with this complicated history, representing the artists' own lived experiences and utilizing our particular vantage point to speculate about the future place of dwarf and disabled lives and bodies. The project culminates in a series of films that imagine alternatives to the stereotypical, limiting, and medicalized ways that Little People have historically been represented.
Sofiya Cheyenne Perez - Director (Narrative)
Jonna McCone - Creative Producer
Lindsey Dryden - Producer
Loi Ameera Almeron - Associate Producer
Olivia West Lloyd - Line Producer/AD (Narrative)
Gabriella Garcia-Pardo - Director of Photography (Documentary)
Conor Murphy - Documentary of Photography (Narrative)
Veralucia Quispe - Sound Recordist (Documentary)
Rachel Villegas - Sound Recordist (Narrative)
Julie Forrest Wyman
Julie Forrest Wyman (Producer / Director) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work aims to challenge and expand our culture's narrow range of represented bodies. Her films engage issues of embodiment, body image, gender, and the politics, possibilities, and problematics of media spectatorship—all informed by her experience of living with hypochondroplasia dwarfism.
Her 2012 documentary STRONG! premiered at AFI Silverdocs, screened in theaters nationally, and was broadcast nationally on PBS’s Emmy award winning series, Independent Lens, where it won the series’ Audience Award. Wyman’s work has been awarded support from Sundance, International Documentary Association, SF Film Society, Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Independent Television Service, the Creative Capital Foundation, The Princess Grace Foundation, and the Creative Work Fund. She has been a fellow at the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute and the Davis Humanties Institute and a resident San Francisco Film Society’s Filmhouse and Siena Art Institute. Her films, including FatMob (2016) Buoyant (2005) and A Boy Named Sue (2000), have aired on Showtime, MTV’s LOGO-TV, and have been exhibited at New York's MoMA, London's National Film Theater, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Wexner Art Center, the Walker Art Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum and at film festivals on five continents. She serves as an Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis.
Sofiya Cheyenne (Producer, Community Liason) wears many hats as a Performing Artist, Teaching Artist and Disability Advocate/Consultant. She has appeared on TV shows such as TrueTV's “At Home With Amy Sedaris”, Netflix's “StartUP” and Amazon's “Loudermilk.”
Her favorite theatre credits include The Briefly Dead at 59E59, Other World at Bucks County Playhouse, and Guys and Dolls at Theater Under The Stars. Sofiya strongly believes in using the arts as a way to challenge societal norms. She continually invests herself & creates projects that open peoples’ minds to know people with disabilities can have an equal chance on the stage, television and film. She has co written a play "The Gene Lottery" with Kristy Dodson and has played actor, writer, producer and director in two films of her films; "You're Up" and "Inspiring Women" as part of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. All of her projects hope to break barriers, create social change and amplify the little person's experience. Sofiya is a passionate educator and public speaker, she has been teaching theatre arts throughout New York City for over 10 years. Sofiya is also the Inclusion Director of Little People of America, Co-Chair of The Dwarf Artist Coalition and part of the Disability Advisory Council for ART NY and Disability Working Group with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. In all of her work she continually advocates for people of short stature and disabilities on and off the stage.