Atuanya Priester

Creative Director and Founder of A Real Grip

After early years at a filmmaker’s academy based in Los Angeles which traversed the ocean to Germany and points in Europe, Atuanya Priester became a poetic adventurer of the video arts. After completing his academic studies including fundamental screenwriting program at University of Southern California, Atuanya Priester, a son of jazz icon Julian Priester, proceeded with various academic explorations culminating with his BFA degree in Film/Video production, Art & Photography from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

After 10 years rich in experience in arts and entertainment Atuanya founded A Real Grip LLC, a multimedia production company. Atuanya has produced, directed, edited and/or filmed a variety of music, promotional and industrial videos for brands like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Chris Brown, Tyga, School Boy Q, Rick Ross, Big Boi from Outkast, King Britt, Shabazz Palaces, Naomi Wamboe, Owuor Arunga, Kanye West’s former DJ A –Trak and American League Cy Young winning pitcher Felix Hernandez. His extensive training behind the camera, in cooperation with a host of innovative independent producers has led to new heights of invention – projects bearing his distinctive markings such as for, The Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle Theater Group, The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and KIRO 7 CBS. Atuanya Priester is developing rapidly as an auteur; his courage and daring make him an adept and versatile lens man.