Asia Youngman is an award-winning Indigenous director and screenwriter from Vancouver, Canada. An alumna of DNEG’s 2017 Greenlight program, her films have been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, among other festivals. Asia’s talents have been recognized over the years, with award wins for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Short Film’ at the 2021 Vancouver Short Film Festival and ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the 2019 Calgary Film Festival for ‘This Ink Runs Deep’.
DNEG was proud to collaborate with Asia on her latest project n’x̌ax̌aitkʷ, which follows an Indigenous teenager named Zarya. After moving to a new town, Zarya must navigate peer pressure when her next-door neighbour, Amanda, convinces her to explore a nearby island in search of a legendary lake monster, the Ogopogo. She quickly learns that her new friends might be harbouring some secrets and ulterior motives of their own.
We caught up with Asia to hear more about what she’s been up to since graduating from Greenlight and to hear more about her latest project. We also hear from Chris Downs (DNEG VFX Supervisor on n’x̌ax̌aitkʷ) and Rosie Walker (DNEG CG Supervisor on n’x̌ax̌aitkʷ) about their experiences working on the project.