Linus Ignatius, 2017

Linus is a filmmaker, an actor, and an activist making bombastic, ensemble pieces that explore the glorified mess of modern American society. His last short film Mass is about living with body dysmorphia and HIV-stigma in a world of toxic masculinity. Mass premiered at Newfest 2019 and is streaming on many platforms including HereTV, Amazon Prime, and Together Magic. His first film Positive was a video-journal auto-documentary chronicling his experience adapting to an unexpected HIV diagnosis. Acting credits include The Blacklist and Law and Order: SVU. At Emerge, Linus developed performative characters that comment on the intersections of his identity: one, a raging Wall Street broker that has slipped out of the flow of time; the other, a silent phantom busy building cities out of discarded medication bottles.