Short Film “Professional Fluff” Wraps Production, Enters Post: BTS

Professional Fluff short film shoot BTS photo with black female filmmakers, Howard University film MFA student - Writer / Director Briana M. Andrews and film actors
BTS from set of short film Professional Fluff – December 3, 2020

Amid COVID-19, this is a challenging time for filmmakers.  I am grateful the shoot for short film Professional Fluff, written and directed by myself, Briana M. Andrews, was able to take place without a hitch.  The shoot took place in Alexandria, VA over the course of two days.  The entire cast and crew were willing participants with coronavirus testing and associated safety measures.  The production also included an on-set COVID manager and ample PPE.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to all of the following individuals:

  • AD: Elon Riley
  • DP: Brandon Wilkerson
  • AC: Megan Sims
  • Mixer: Richard Schertzer
  • Gaffer: Allen Mays
  • COVID Officer: Josh Lowrey
  • Lead Actress: Kathleenah Accilien

I cannot wait to share the finished product!  As always, I appreciate your continued support.  In the meantime, below are some behind the scenes photos with the film crew.

“Let Live” Dramedy Short Film: WATCH NOW

Movie Poster – Let Live, Short Film

Let Live, the dramedy short, written and directed by Briana M. Andrews can be viewed here on BibbyFame Digital.  The trailer and poster are below.  The film along with details on cast and crew can be viewed on www.bibbyfame.com/let-live/

For full sized assets or inquiries, reach out on the contact page.  Thank you for your continued support.

WINNER: Briana M. Andrews Receives Recognition from AWC, 2020 Clarion Awards Virtual Event

Clarion Awards Logo - Association for Women in Communications, WOMCOM, Graphic, Image

Today was super exciting as I attended the 2020 Clarion Awards Virtual Recognition ceremony.  As many of you know, I won the Clarion Award for the Student Wildcard category earlier this year with interactive media / mini-documentary Women in TV and Film.  I have since received the physical award by mail.  You can read more about my victory and read the press release here:

Below, find a short except from the ceremony where host Jillian Schillaci announced my award and category.

Excerpt from AWC 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion has recognized businesses and individuals who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.  Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, for the first time ever AWC will be announcing winners and finalists in a virtual event presented via Zoom.

Career Update: Video Producer and Teaching Assistant / Researcher

This Fall, I was able to secure two opportunities within educational settings.  I will be working as a Video Producer with the Commissioner’s Office for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and as a Teaching Assistant / Researcher with the Literary Media & Communications Department (LMC) at the Washington, D.C. based Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

I am excited about both of these remote opportunities.  At Duke Ellington School of the Arts, I will gain experience in student teaching with lesson plan development, instruction, evaluation, and educational event support with the mission of educating aspiring young artists in poetry, writing, filmmaking, and multimedia storytelling.  I will also assist with administrative support and grant research / writing.

DESE maintains “first in the nation” status on many educational endeavors.  As a seasonal Video Producer, I will work on production and editing for internal communication tutorial videos, script development for the Teacher of the Year radio and television campaign, video transcriptions, and voiceover for the Deeper Learning Kaleidoscope project.  I will also handle audience insight research on radio, television and geofencing analytics / streaming campaigns.

It is my hope that these opportunities will also me to utilize my current skillset, while allowing me to strengthen and expand my abilities for future projects.

Freelance Spotlight: Washington, D.C. Educator – Meleah Campbell Teach [Photography]

BACK TO SCHOOL is here again!  However, the classroom setting looks quite different this year for many young scholars.  Teachers and parents alike are making necessary adjustments in light of the coronavirus pandemic, while officials are making determinations on the safest educational delivery methods.  For this Freelance Spotlight, I’d like to highlight my recent work with an inspiring young educator, Meleah Campbell. This indoor shoot was completed while adhering to all COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

Boasting almost 30k followers on Instagram alone, the UC Davis and Loyola Marymount educated, Teach America alum uses her social media platforms to champion for literacy and the arts.  Ms. Campbell does an amazing job digitally interacting with her preschoolers and I was thankful for the opportunity to work with her on capturing images for sponsored posts.   Here are a few snaps I captured for her paid partnerships with Advancement Courses (a Wiley Learning company) and Lakeshore Learning.

Personally, I am no stranger to distance learning.  I completed high school with an online, Middle States accredited homeschool program, then resumed physical classes for college.  Despite the circumstances prompting the change, I am happy to see more minority families exploring homeschool options and finding alternate methods for educational enrichment.  

Visit Ms. Campbell’s website and Instagram profile.

Daughters of Solanas, Official Selection for Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta, GA

Daughters of Solanas received placement in another film festival. The dramedy (drama/comedy) short is an official selection for the Women’s Comedy Film Festival. This is part of the Cinema Life Film Festival Collective.

Daughters of Solanas – Women’s Weekend Filmmaker Challenge – Official Selection, Women’s Comedy Film Festival, Atlanta, GA

The event is taking place on Saturday, September 5th in Atlanta, GA (in-person or online). Tickets are available at www.cinemalife.org or at @womenscomedy on Instagram.

Daughters of Solanas was created for the New York / Spring 2019 iteration Women’s Weekend Filmmaker Challenge. The film premiered at the Museum of Moving Image last Spring. As part of the camera crew, Briana M. Andrews shot BTS photo/video and manages the social media accounts for the short. Read previous posts here.

March on Washington: A call for criminal justice reform and racial equality

Here are some of my photographs captured from the August 28, 2020 March on Washington, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“Artists for George Floyd” – March on Washington at National Mall commemorating the 57th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. Photo by Briana M. Andrews, August 28, 2020.

This past Friday marked the 57th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The March on Washington called for criminal justice reform and racial equality. Amid coronavirus safety protocols, there was a remarkable turnout with well-known speakers addressing the civil rights issues of today.

Jacob Blake Sr. delivers passionate speech at the March on Washington. Vertical cell footage captured by Briana M. Andrews, August 28, 2020.

These times call for unity, strength, resilience and preservation. STAY STRONG!

WINNER: 2020 Clarion Award – Briana M. Andrews Receives Prestigious Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Award for Women in TV and Film Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary.

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced Briana M. Andrews as a WINNER of the 2020 Clarion Award in the Student Wildcard category for her Women in TV and Film, Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary project.  Read Press Release.

Winning a Clarion is a great honor and achievement; this award-winning entry will be recognized during a fall virtual event.  As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the country, the 2020 competition attracted entries from 20 states and two countries, with entries judged by teams of experts from all aspects of the marketing and communications fields.

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This interactive media project and short documentary was created during a New Media Practicum course at Rowan University, led by Writing Arts Professor Rachael Shapiro.  Andrews utilized social media as a promotional avenue and culminated with the creation of a short documentary to display individual efforts toward increasing diversity and inclusion in film.  This includes behind-the-scenes footage from the Andrews’ produced To Each, Her Throne web series, and the Daughters of Solanas dramedy short from the New York iteration of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.  Find excerpts from the project at www.womenintvandfilm.com.

  • Entry Title: “Women in TV & Film – Interactive Media / Mini-Documentary”
  • Entry Category: Student Wild Card
  • Organization Name(s): Rowan University
  • Entrant’s Name(s): Briana M. Andrews
Screen Capture, Clarion Award, Interactive Media Documentary, Women in TV and Film, Rowan University RTF CCCA, Student Wildcard Category, AWC Membership, Association for Women in Communications

Founded in 1909, the Association for Women in Communications has nearly 1,200 members worldwide. AWC champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. For more than 40 years, the AWC Clarion Awards have recognized small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.  For a complete list of Clarion Award winners this year, please visit:  www.womcom.org/clarionwinners

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“Let Live” Dramedy Short Film: BTS and First Look

Here are a few stills from Let Live, the dramedy short, written and directed by Briana M. Andrews.  A preliminary edit was screened virtually for the Howard University 1st Year Film MFA cohort.  The final cut will include additional sound editing and color correction.  We cannot wait to share it!  Thank you for your continued support.

Movie Poster, Black Cinema, Let Live, Short Film, Little Miss Whiskeys Bar DC, Enoch Jones, Ayana Andrews, Cashaey Serenity, Chris Sakyi
Let Live, featuring Cashaey Serenity, Enoch Jones, Ayana Andrews and Chris Sakyi. Directed by Briana M. Andrews.

Visit the previous post from the last day on set for BTS, shoot dates, locations, and crew member details.

How Badly Did COVID-19 Hit Your Pockets? Here’s My Story.

During these unprecedented times, I certainly hope you are all staying safe.   There has been a lot of talk about testing and surges, along with macro-level economic impact.  On a microeconomic scale, how badly did the novel CoronaVirus hit you? 

How Bad Did COVID-19 Hit You Financially? Blog Post Graphic. Animated Gif. Crying Emoji. Virus Image, IRS, Stimulus Status, Fiat Pop 500c, Car Accident

STIMULUS

COVID-19 struck my wallet hard and fast.  Nonetheless, I am sure that beats testing positive for the virus.  I have not received the $1200 stimulus check and I am honestly not even sure why.  Periodically, I would check the IRS website for status, however I am hit with the perpetual “payment status not available” message.  Somehow, though, the treasury managed to issue $1.4 billion in stimulus funds to over a million dead people.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Amidst curfews, social distancing and mask requirements, freelance opportunities in photography and videography dried up.  I did, however, maintain a conventional position which I assumed would result in eligibility for unemployment.  I filed a claim with the Washington, D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) and proceeded to certify weekly.  I even completed and submitted the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) forms; I’ve yet to receive a dime.  Unemployment insurance scammers have been cashing out nationwide, though.

UNEXPECTED EXPENDITURES

My car was left parked throughout most of the pandemic.  Just my luck that I got into a car accident one of my first trips out; t-boned by some idiot, speeding in the rain with no regard for traffic laws.  I wasn’t at fault, and I wasn’t injured.  However, my precious Fefe … Fiat Pop 500c was pretty banged up and left with an inoperable passenger side door.  I call National Continental Insurance, the offending party’s insurance company, and it turns out this is a Special Automobile Insurance Policy (SAIP)I never heard of this before, but apparently, it is a $1/day car insurance for Medicaid recipients that doesn’t cover anything unless the car accident kills you or leaves you in a vegetative state. The death “benefit” is a whopping $10,000.  I can’t imagine someone’s life being valued at such a minuscule amount.  I spoke with the representative who forwarded the denial letter and her reply was classic: “Yeah, that’s just how it is.  Wouldn’t matter if they hit ten Lamborghinis.”  How reassuring.  Here I am, paying through the nose for an insurance policy because of discrimination (ugh) … age, risk factors, statistics, and mysterious underwriter voodoo.  My personal policy has a small under-insured motorist benefit and *fingers crossed*, that will kick in to assist with the cost of repair.

CONCLUSION

I am in a lease and still have to pay rent (w/ WIFI and utilities), still have to eat, still have to pay my cell phone bill, still have to buy toiletries, magically come up with tuition payments etc..  For some people, their biggest concern during this time is not being able to get a haircut and I’m jealous.  Must be nice!  Some people are having an absolute field-day and are not eager to return to work; personally, I cannot wait. 

If you aren’t in dire straits and wish to toss a few coins into my virtual tip jar, FEEL FREE.