Krista Imbesi is an Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at Messiah University. She is also the co-owner of Cap Collective Video Production in Harrisburg, PA.
Krista attended Messiah College (now Messiah University) and received a BA in Communication with a minor in Studio Art. After graduation she worked in Los Angeles at the International Documentary Association, the pre-production of Grace Lee’s documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and the post-production of Jennifer Arnold’s film, A Small Act, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. In fall of 2009, Krista began working on her MFA in the Media Studies Department at the University at Buffalo, where she also taught film courses. While at SUNY Buffalo, Krista studied under award winning ethnographic filmmaker Sarah Elder and distinguished American writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker Bruce Jackson. In 2011 Krista received a Mark Diamond Research Grant to make her film, Where We Belong, which was filmed in Jinja, Uganda and focuses on orphan issues and the influence of Western aid on the region. Where We Belong premiered at the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY and has been screened internationally, winning multiple awards. After graduating with her MFA in Media Arts from the University at Buffalo, Krista began teaching film courses in the Department of Communication at Messiah University. She continues to work on commercial and documentary projects, and is especially passionate about making documentaries about social justice issues. She is currently co-running CAP Collective with her husband Christian Imbesi and is an Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at Messiah University.
Experienced in creating short narrative, commercial and promotional films, the bulk of Krista's work focuses on documentary filmmaking. She is especially interested in addressing social issues, the collaborative process, and ethnographic filmmaking through her work.