The Arlington International Film Festival is thrilled to announce that Theresa Okokon will serve as Master of Ceremony for the opening night of the 2018 Festival on November 1st at the Capitol Theatre. As a storyteller, social worker, and yoga teacher, Okokon embodies the spirit of the Festival through her multifaceted work building communities through art and self-expression.
It’s an honor for AIFF in its 8th year to have such a dynamic voice kick off this cinematic celebration of culture and story. A Wisconsin native, Okokon has been telling first-person, personal stories around Boston since 2012. She is the Co-Host of Stories from the Stage, a televised storytelling show that is a collaboration between Massmouth, WGBH & The World Channel, and filmed live at the WGBH studios in Boston.
Okokon’s talent has taken her far, as she has competed in the Massmouth Finals multiple times, and won 3rd place in Season V. She has been a featured teller with Massmouth, StorySpace, The Story Collider, and Suitcase Stories. She also served as a Board Member for Massmouth in 2015-16. Okokon has taught storytelling and coordinated storytelling shows for various organizations around Boston and NYC, and she shares the stories of other Bostonians as a Story Ambassador with Everyday Boston.
In addition to her storytelling feats, Okokon is the Founder of a small business called LEGIT.yoga, where she provides trauma-informed yoga at Boston-area homeless shelters, low-income housing communities and alternative schools. She works part-time supporting the Development Team at the International Institute of New England, a nonprofit organization that provides resettlement and educational support to refugees.
We are so excited to have Theresa Okokon be a part of our AIFF team this year to help launch our four-day Festival of bringing people together, sharing stories, and celebrating our global culture.
About the Arlington International Film Festival:
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond. The Festival is a means for recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family. It is also our goal, through the annual production of the Festival to involve Arlington’s youth, artists, filmmakers and professionals in various fields as well as focus on promoting the history of Arlington and its local businesses.
The Festival invites documentary, narrative, animation and experimental shorts and feature film submissions and presents juried awards in each category. Also, we feature a special category of short submissions by high school filmmakers. The 2018 program will be available on-line in early October.