Demitri Makeig is a storyteller, writer, filmmaker, and artist. Growing up in Fairfield, Iowa—a town of 10,000 nestled between two soybean farms—he spent his days in an art studio and recreating iconic Hollywood film scenes with his stuffed animals. Coming from a music-oriented family that watched the Sunday opera on PBS rather than football, Demitri had the unconditional support of his parents to nourish his creative growth. Demitri was often bullied and misunderstood by his peers and teachers, and channeled his pain and traumas through illustrations, performance, and writing; to this day it is how he copes with day-to-day life struggles.

He attended high-school at Interlochen Arts Academy where he received a unique education that prioritized BFA-level art classes with intensive academics. Demitri’s transformation during his time at Interlochen was remarkable and, as his teachers have recalled to him, inspiring. He majored in Motion Picture Arts and his senior thesis film Multiplayer played in numerous film festivals around the country. Since high school Demitri has studied filmmaking in Los Angeles and Chicago, and will be finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa in theatre arts.