Kayden Phoenix is a Chicana Writer and Director from Boyle Heights, California. Upon entering the industry, the first thing she noticed was the industry dominated standard- complete with character generalizations. In response, she became a huge advocate for diversity both in front and behind the camera, giving a voice to stories untold. She plans on evening the playing field for the under-represented through her unique and diverse filmmaking.
“A big part of my life’s purpose is to give voice to stories as multifaceted, atypical, and diverse as the people we find in the real world.”
Kayden's last film, PENANCE, showed at Cinequest, Outfest, won Best LGBTQ, Best Horror, and Grand Jury; Gun Powder & Sky purchased Penance in 2020. Along with her filmwork, Kayden is the Founder of non-profit Chicana Director’s Initiative, writer/creator of the Latina superhero graphic novels, A LA BRAVA, and recipient of Panavision’s New Filmmaker’s Program.