cai thomas is a documentary filmmaker and dp telling verite stories at the intersection of location, self-determination and identity about Black youth and elders. she grew up in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood and is deeply interested in stories rooted in place. her most recent film Queenie premiered at NewFest winning the NY Short Grand Jury award. cai is a member of the NeXt Doc Collective and is a Sisters In Cinema fellow. her independent work has been supported by the field foundation, jonathan logan family foundation, if/then shorts, kartemquin films and others.