Celia C. Peters is a filmmaker and artist who creates visceral stories about complex, unforgettable characters.
Peters is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and the Writers Guild of America. In 2020, she is a lecturer at the Ohio State University, teaching screenwriting and Black Visual Culture and Popular Media. She is also the creator and instructor of the B.A.M.N Filmmaking Afterschool Program and Workshops, which were featured at the King Arts Complex and Detroit Women of Color Film Festival in 2019. She moderated THE COSMIC SYNTHESIS OF SUN RA AND AFROFUTURISM: ORDER OUT OF CHAOS, Harlem Stage's kick-off of a year-long celebration of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism. Peters was also a featured artist at the 2019 Social Muscle Club in Berlin, and a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Afrofuturist Studies at the University of Iowa. Peters curated the futurist art exhibit "Futures for the Rest of Us: LA" in partnership with DUST in February 2019 in Los Angeles. She was selected for and participated in the Talent Lab at the 2018 Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland with her sci-fi feature project Godspeed. In 2018, Peters curated and screened FAR OUT BLACK/The West Coast Edition, a program of sci-fi short films by Black directors, at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. She also curated “Futures for the Rest of Us,” a group exhibit of futurist art by artists typically underrepresented in leading science fiction stories at Blockfort in Columbus, OH. She presented “Science Fiction: The Liberation Genre” at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is also creator and producer of the panel REPRESENT: The Rise of Characters of Color in Sci-Fi TV & Film, which took place at the 2017 New York Comic Con in October 2017. Peters also curated and produced FAR OUT BLACK: An Evening of Afrofuturist Short Film, which took place at the 2017 Afropunk Festival. The same year, she also completed her sci-fi short film thriller Roxë15 and was awarded a post-production residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts for her short sci-fi film, MISSION. In 2015, Peters’ feature script, Roxë15, was selected for participation in CultivEight, a feature film development incubator sponsored by the NEA Art Works Program. She was awarded a 2012 residency at Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Midlothian, Scotland. Her psychologically inspired, character-driven screenwriting has been both prize-winning and recognized in competition. Her experimental short film “FIOFY [Figure It Out For Yourself]” (2011) was featured as an installation piece in ‘Conjuration,’ an exhibit in tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York City. "FIOFY" was featured in the FAME Film/Arts Festival in London in April 2013. Her filmmaker credits also include the short documentary piece "Flipsides of the Black Musical Experience (2013)," the experimental performance piece, “Poem in Motion (2011),” the short documentary “Rethinking Beauty (2011),” and “Editing Uptown (2010),” a featurette on the nationally distributed DVD of the indie film, “Uptown.” In 2007, Peters produced a half-hour segment, “The State of Hip-Hop” for WHUT/PBS and her short narrative film “Breakthrough (2006),” was broadcast nationally on BET’s The Best Shorts series. Peters is also the creator and producer of the dramatic reading series “The Next 15 Minutes (TM),” and has produced staged readings at Tribeca Film Center and the National Black Theater of Harlem. She is the creator and producer of Cinéma Noir Film Series (2014-2015) and is also the founder/producer of The Public Domain Pop-Up Exhibit, both in Columbus, Ohio. She also is the creator and producer of ACTION! The Lowdown on Being a Professional Actor, a talent development panel that took place in February 2017 at Columbus College of Art and Design. Her film and visual art have been shown in New York, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus.
Peters is an honors graduate of University Michigan with a B.A. in French and Political Science, and she holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. As well, she has done graduate studies in clinical psychology at New York University. Currently, she is developing her sci-fi feature film Godspeed for production in 2021.