Eliciana is an award winning filmmaker with an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and an assistant professor (tenure track) in cinematography and film production at Arizona State University. Her short narrative film “The Summer of Gods” has been the recipient of several significant awards. In 2014 it premiered at the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, won the Spirit award and Best Cinematography at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lectures Series, and won Special Recognition in Directing Narrative Shorts at the Black Star Film Festival. In 2015 it won Best Short at both the Plateau - Festival Internacional de Cinema in Cape Verde and the Global Girls Film Fest. In 2016 the film received the Diaspora Narrative Short Film Award from the Silicon Valley African Film Festival and Best Foreign Language Short Subject from the Philadelphia International Film Festival. Nascimento has recently completed the short documentary “Nurse Helen Fairchild” and is in-production of two other documentaries with El Dorado Films.