Cinematographer • Director
Iyabo has produced, directed and done the cinematography for films in various countries both nationally and internationally. Though much of her interest takes her into international spaces, she also works domestically. Her goal, to produce narrative and documentary films that speak to vast richness and poetic vibrancy of human beings, mammals, and small creepy crawlies alike. Above all, she is interested in moments of insight and magic.
Iyabo received her BA from Spelman College with a major in English Literature and a minor in French Literature. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, she studied Energy Medicine and even briefly studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong in Shanghai, China. She feels her study and practice in the healing arts has fueled her development as an intuitive visual storyteller. Iyabo received MFA from UCLA's school of Theater, Film, and Television completing the dual requirements for cinematography and directing MFA in production tracks. She also has an MFA in Doc Media at the school of Radio, Film and Television at Northwestern University. Iyabo has been the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in Tanzania, the U.C. Cuba Fellowship, and the FLAS fellowship for Portuguese language and the implementation of her youth film curriculum in Bahia, Brazil.