“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
–Robin Wall Kimmerer
Things are Changing Productions is a pioneer in the production of socially conscious films and music, with a vision of creating a viable market for socially conscious media and a plan to fill the educational space with programs that center around the principles of self-awareness, creativity and spirituality. Created by husband and wife, Katy and Joél Mejia, the social enterprise and creative collective uses media as a tool to explore consciousness and connectedness, and at the very minimum to inspire conversations around topics rarely addressed in the mainstream.
Joél Mejia is a Bronx based artist, entrepreneur, pedagogue, and social activist. He graduated in 2002 from Lehman College with a degree in Economics, but his passion was quickly becoming music production and filmmaking.
In 2007 he began working full time on his pursuits, freelancing with numerous clients, and mostly looking for ways to explore the intersection between Afro-Latino/Afro-Futurism aesthetics, radical activism, and indigenous shamanic practices.
Above all, it is his relentless pursuit of truth, equity, and justice that fuels his creative projects and work as an educator. He teaches media literacy in a high school in the Bronx, which provides him an opportunity to fulfill his debt to the many mentors that have helped him along his journey, and providing the foundation for his current state of mind.
“Switching between the role of artist, entrepreneur, and educator is in balance because of my role as a father. That singular event confirmed that what I am meant to do is be of service to the future generations that will inhabit this planet. I’ve always known that to be my trajectory; it’s just that being a father gives my work even more urgency now.”
Katy Walker Mejia
Katy Walker Mejia is a Bronx based educator, mother, artivist, musician and filmmaker. In 2002 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Transmedia/Video Art from the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to New York City to follow her passion for music and film, she found work as a DJ and produced a slew of high vibration events with various collaborators. She eventually worked as an Art Director for clients such as Carol’s Daughter (natural beauty products), HBO and Live Nation. Living in Brooklyn, she forged lasting connections with unique musicians, teaching artists and filmmakers, merging her passion for music and film with her husband, Joél Mejia, and eventually joining Things Are Changing Productions, LLC.
Because she has always seen herself as a multidisciplinary artist, it was a natural step to bring like minds together to create the genre-defying music collective, Dream Circle, which furthers her development in songwriting, storytelling and filmmaking. Her first feature documentary film, Time is Art: Synchronicity & the Collective Dream was independently released and screened worldwide in 2015 and is available on Amazon Prime and the Gaia platform. The film was an official selection at The 2015 Chicago Blow-up International Arthouse Film Festival.
Katy is currently working on two releases, primarily the second documentary in the Time is Art series: The Frequency of Love and a third Dream Circle album inspired by the film.