Talent Guide

Sisa Bueno

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2023


Originally from New York City, Sisa Bueno is a Black & Indigenous Latina film & multimedia maker who is fascinated by people of all cultures and seeks to awaken our own empowerment via artful storytelling. She studied both film production and interactive technologies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). Sisa spent years filming Indigenous and Afro-Latine social movements in South America, and completed a short film for Aljazeera/AJ+ related to Afro-Bolivian constitutional movement. The NBC Network named Sisa a Latino Innovator for her work in Bolivia, and she is a recipient of the ITVS-PBS Production Grant, Hot Docs CrossCurrents Grant, BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, Camden/PNI North Star Fellowship, International Documentary Association (IDA) Pare Lorentz Grant, Firelight Media Lab Fellow, and Sundance Documentary Fund fellow for her current work in progress, For Venida, For Kalief. Sisa was also a 2018-2021 Member of the NEW INC tech incubator program within the New Museum working with Augmented Reality (AR) to create new modes of storytelling with more tech integration. She is also currently an Adjunct Instructor at her alma mater, Tisch-NYU and Film Instructor for DCTV and other non-profits in the NYC area.

Current Project

For Venida, For Kalief


A late mother's poetry echoes a New York movement for criminal justice reform. This lyrical film is an intentional departure from current storytelling approaches, and will instead focus on his impact and the potential closing of Rikers Island to inspire us to reimagine a new legacy for Kalief Browder.