Malika Weeden is a film editor, director, and image maker with both formal and on-the-job training. With a background in cinema, dance and the fine arts, Malika injects a unique rythm and perspective into each project she is a part of.
Malika just finished editing, A Ballerina's Tale, a feature length documentary (and 2 year project) about trailblazing African-American ballerina, Misty Copeland.
A Ballerina's Tale will mark Malika's theatrical debut as a film editor. (IFC Films, 2015.)
The film is directed and produced by critically acclaimed author and filmmaker Nelson George, and follows Copeland from a career threatening injury to recovery. It also takes a candid look behind the curtain at the ballerina's stance on race, body image, and her day to day life as a dancer at the elite level in the classical the ballet world.
Malika's work has appeared at film festivals, on television, theaters and in galleries. She has directed and edited (and shot) music videos, short films, short documentaries (Sons of an Illustrious Father, Markéta Irglova, Marc Carroll for Bjork's One Little Indian Records). She has also co-produced and edited two short documentaries about Grammy and Tony Award winning artist, Markéta Irglova (Once) with filmmaker Zohreh Shayesteh in conjunction with her recent album release.
Malika's upcoming projecst include editing, The Liberators, a TV pilot (directed by Nelson George), and writing and directing a short film, Sugar Baby, which is set to begin production this winter.
Malika resides and works in (and loves!) Brooklyn, NY.