Harlow Figa is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist exploring queer personal narratives, medicalized and gendered bodies, and concepts surrounding accessibility. Harlow is a trans, queer, and disabled person who aspires to amplify the experiences of the communities to which they belong. Harlow graduated from Haverford College in 2016, earning High Honors in Anthropology for their cyberethnography thesis about trans communities on YouTube. An excerpt of their thesis was published in "#Trans: an anthology about transgender and nonbinary identity online," edited by Evelyn Deshane in 2017. Harlow's personal documentary shorts, "T" and "BUST," which share excerpts of Harlow's process of discovering and embodying their trans identity, have screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival (2016); The Pink Life QueerFest in Ankara, Turkey (2016); and the 2015 & 2016 Tri-Co Film Festivals in Bryn Mawr, PA. 

Pronouns: they/them/theirs 

All medical imagery on this site is from Harlow's medical archives.

Follow Harlow's drawings at: @myshadowfriends on instagram, new drawings posted daily.

Work Experience​

  • Pre-Screener, POV Program by PBS

  • Screener, 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival

  • Director, 2018 Tri-Co Film Festival

  • Co-Director, 2017 Tri-Co Film Festival

  • Co-Director of Production, Editing, and Cinematography, Bertoia Film Project, April 2016-Oct 2017

  • Emerging Artist in Residence, Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities, 2016

  • Flaherty Seminar Fellow via the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities, 2016

  • Tuttle Summer Arts Lab Fellow, 2016

  • Freelance Camera Operator, Production Assistant, and Editor, 2015-current

  • Staff at the Haverford College Women*s Center, 2013-2016

  • Intern at the Chicago Women*s Health Center, 2013


  • BA, 2016: Haverford College 

Anthropology (Major, High Honors)​

Health Studies (Minor)

Gender/Sexuality (Concentration)

  • Semester Abroad, 2014: University of Edinburgh 

  • High School, 2012: Francis W. Parker School of Chicago