Cidney Hue

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“I actually, I really wish that when I was in film school someone had told me this is to learn a craft outside of directing. Because directing sort of borrows from everything else in life and you know, acting and managing people and I really feel like I could have benefitted from taking a cinematography route and learning more about working with lights and shaping them.” — Cidney Hue

Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt Empowering Actors to Create episode 18. Today we talk to Sci-Fi director and filmmaker Cidney Hue ( We talk about why you should know Octavia Butler, the human side of sci-fi, and the ingredients for movie making are money and people.

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Cidney Hue is a writer and director focused on art and science driven sci-fi films. Her award-winning short, Odessa, recounts the journey of an astronaut’s last night on Earth. Her webseries for Wired & reddit, Cyborg Nation, profiles scientists at the forefront of prosthetics, robotics, and brain-computer interfaces. Her environmental documentary, Shark Loves the Amazon, toured nationally and premiered at the World Sustainability Forum to leaders and policy makers. In addition to filmmaking, Cidney leads the monthly NYC Women Filmmakers meetup to support female filmmakers in New York City.