Seventeen-year-old, filmmaker Aniya Wolfe is a young visionary breaking boundaries in Los Angeles,
California. Fully committed to her passion, Aniya has written, produced and edited several projects including her own full length feature film called Beyond My Skin which has won several awards including the “Audience Award” at the BlackStar Film Festival and the “Silver Award” at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival youth sectors. This thought provoking film that addresses the timeless challenges and issues facing today's youth, has given Aniyaa platform to connect with younger and older audiences alike. She has been featured in several articles for magazines and newspapers like LA Weekly and has been interviewed on shows like the Q Show on FOX.
At 16, Aniya started Beauty Scene Productions LLC after realizing the power in visuals and sound. She believes film can be used as a tool to teach and shift perspectives. Aniya has used filmmaking as a creative way to educate and encourage change. Since the age of 14, Wolfe has inspired many through her story, speaking on stages, schools and youth organizations around the world about film and the impact it has had in her life and the lives of others. One of her most recent, a Keynote at Google for the premiere of GodComplx Season 2. Google’s first web series where she began as an intern, shadowing the process of the web series, then working her way up to the behind the scenes videographer before being hired as one of the directors alongside Malik Yoba and Allen Maldonado from Blackish. This opportunity was the first of many she would receive after her family sold their home in 12 days and moved across the country from Philadelphia for Aniya to further pursue her passion in filmmaking.
Despite her age, Aniya has taken full advantage of every opportunity to gain experience. Since moving to LA in 2016, she has shadowed amazing sets like Grownish and Nike and has worked on music videos for artists like Bianca Ryan, Nathan Davis Jr and Tim Johnson Jr, finalist of the television series “The Four”. Her newest project SEVEN, is a collaboration between teenagers from all time zones connecting via social media to tell the story of seven different teenage realities in the light of the 21st century. Delivering diverse perspectives that serve just pieces of Gen Z’s complex collective reality. Brewing stories surrounding our current world, like Climate Change and Mass Incarceration. The films serve with the intent to inspire and explore the cross of what is and what could be. This project is currently in pre-production.
Aniya enjoys volunteering as a Maverick for Ava Duvernay’s distribution company Array and attending screenings for other local independent filmmakers. Aniya's professional credits include director, writer, digital image technician, cinematographer, 2nd AD and production assistant.
Thirteen-year-old Travis Wolfe, Jr. has been a hip-hop break-dancer since he was 6. After booking his first audition for a television news promo, Wolfe, Jr. knew he was destined to be an actor.
Within the last five years, he has appeared in the series The Neighborhood, Grown-ish, Laff Mob's Laff Tracks, and Raven's Home. He danced in the feature film The Book of Henry and in the opener of the 2015 NBA All-Star game. His commercial credits include Disney's VTech toys, Panini NFL trading cards, and Old Navy.
Along with his father, who is a transformational speaker, Wolfe, Jr. speaks at events and camps encouraging and empowering youth to follow their dreams. Some of his motivational videos can be found on his Instagram account.
Currently, he is preparing to host a benefit for youth in foster care. He serves as a star ambassador for his mother's non-profit, Star In You, Inc., which helps underprivileged children obtain resources and opportunities in the arts. Additionally, soon he will share information about his acting experiences with members of a youth film program in Nigeria via online video conferencing.
Originally from Philadelphia, Wolfe, Jr. recently moved to Los Angeles with his parents, so he could pursue his career in acting and his 17-year-old sister, an award-winning filmmaker, could expand her production company. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles with his mother, two sisters, and a dog, while his father is bi-coastal. His birthday is April 16. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook @TravisWolfejr.