THE WOMAN WHO FOLLOWS THE WIND
Mikaya Heart was 52 when she first tried kitesurfing. She saw someone kitesurfing and said to herself, “I’m going to do that.” She went out a bought a kite a never looked back. “Sometimes people look at me and they just see a little old lady,” she says. “Then I go out there on the water and this is obviously not the way little old ladies behave.” Kitesurfing has become an obsession for Heart, now 66, and has helped her to let go of many of her material possessions in order to travel wherever the wind takes her. But it is more than just a sport she loves. Kitesurfing also helped to heal the traumas of her past, and lead to the manifestation of a joy-filled life rather than one of anger. “I would say in terms of changing the world for the better, it’s the most useful thing I do because it brings me to such a place of joy,” she says. “And that’s infectious.”
This film premiered on Glamour Magazine as part of our Glassbreakers series in 2018 and has played in several select festivals.
Glassbreaker Films is an initiative funded by the Pussycat Foundation that funds and supports women directors in nonfiction film. As part of the team that conceived of and built the program, Aubrey ran the Filmmakers in Residence program at The Center for Investigative Reporting, before moving to a position as one of the co-directors of GBF. In two years, GBF has funded around 30 filmmakers at different levels of their career, from high school scholars to Academy Award winners. Their films have published on Netflix, NYT Op-Docs, Glamour Magazine; have pulled in major national honors and nominations; and have screened at festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW and HotDocs.
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Aubrey Aden-Buie is an Emmy-nominated journalist, filmmaker and visual storyteller based in LA.
She specializes in documentary shorts and photography with a focus on social justice and equality. She is dedicated to fighting for a more inclusive future of storytellers and stories told.
Aubrey speaks at schools and conferences across the country, and has worked in communities around the globe to teach video journalism as a tool to bring about change. She is available for speaking engagements, workshops and structured courses, as well as select video and photo assignments.