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.
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.
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.
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
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.
As a Jersey poodle and distinguished lady of royal blue and gold, I absolutely love this time of year. Check out this promo spot over a STM instrumental remake created for Theta Mu, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. undergraduate chapter at Rowan University. This year, SGRho turns 97. The organization was formed by seven young educators on November 12, 1922 at Butler University. With an organizational commitment of scholarship, sisterhood and service, its mission includes enhancing the quality of life for women and families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil and social action.
While this is a Founders’ Day blog post, this video was actually created to commemorate Charter Day on the Theta Mu social media channel. I was the Shreditor(shooter, producer, editor) and starred in this one one-man band piece shot at 114 Victoria, Nexus Apartments @ Rowan University. Running time under one minute and optimized for socials.
I am officially a graduate of Rowan University! Earlier this month, I completed my final undergraduate semester with a 3.9 GPA and 3rd consecutive placement on the Dean’s List. Overall, I secured a degree with cum laude Latin honors. I also managed to complete my degree in only three years resulting in savings of approximately $30k (not TUH-DAY Sallie Mae). I received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Radio, Television and Film with a Production concentration, New Media minor and Public Relations and the News certificate of undergraduate study.
I selected Rowan University because I wanted a hands-on television and film production degree, complimented by a new media communication program. Rowan’s College of Communication and Creative Arts has a revered documentary program and I wanted to take classes alongside a group of students with roots in the Garden State that I feel represent the future of the industry. I have no buyers-remorse and I am #RowanPROUD. I made the most of my college experience and I’m excited for this next chapter in life.
Student Representative: Photo-Voice Cultural Dialogue
Series (Fall 2017)
Peer Referral and Orientation Staff (PROS) – Office
of Student Leadership Programs (Spring 2018)
Transfer Mentor – University Transfer Services
Digital Content Contributor – Office of Student
Affairs (Fall 2018)
Leadership Committee – Resident Hall Association (Fall
Media Festival Associate / Event Photographer –
College of Communication & Creative Arts (Fall 2018)
Epistoleus (PR & Social Media Chair) Theta Mu
Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (2018-2019)
Historian – National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
Initiated Member – Sigma Zeta Chapter, Order of
Omega (Greek Honor Society) (Spring 2019)
This is a very important question. One that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. It’s easy to slap together statistics to paint the dire picture of what is transpiring with women in the television and film industries. However, generating a solution or corrective action plan isn’t quite so simple. With the creation of Women in TV and Film, I was extremely cautious not to make this a finger-pointing, blame-game or pity-party because no one is rolling out the red carpet for us to access the boys club. I wanted to highlight positive attributes and micro-level methods to evoke change that both you and I can implement NOW. In the introductory stages of conceptualizing the project, I asked myself two fundamental questions:
What can I do to help?
How can I build awareness and change perception?
I don’t have money. My career is still in infancy stages. I don’t have the power to create macro-level change.
Do I delve into why things
are the way they are, or do I paint a picture that visualizes HOW IT COULD BE? I chose the latter.
My approach with this project was to:
in a filmmaker capacity
Work alongside other
women in TV and Film
various women in TV and film through my social media and web platforms
Document the innerworkings
of film sets with exclusively female cast and crews
conferences and screenings that support female filmmakers
Network and build
relationships with experienced women actively working in the industry
Develop a rolodex
(contact list) of women that can fulfil various above and below-the-line roles
for future usage, reference and recommendation
Show the world WOMEN
MAKE MOVIES and WE ARE BADASS
Now, it’s YOUR TURN.
Companies: You should HIRE female filmmakers.
Filmmakers: You should recommend female filmmakers and take steps to ensure you have an inclusive work environment.
Consumers: You should support, watch and buy diverse and inclusive projects.
We can talk about corporate big-wigs but the reality of the matter is CONSUMERS HOLD THE POWER. When you buy food, you read the label. Similarly, when watching shows and films … you should research the credits. You should know about the content you are consuming. Female filmmakers know about the problems that exist, however, a large chunk of the TV-watching and movie-going population are completely oblivious. The program you love:
Did a woman write it?
Did a woman direct it?
Did a woman edit it?
Did a woman shoot it?
How many women were involved in the production?
The population is 50/50 and women represent roughly half of movie-goers but we have less screen-time and less control of the narrative. YOU have the power to decide and evoke change.
I’d like to provide a special thank you to everyone who visited my workstation May 4th at the CCCA Awards and Showcase. The event served as awesome primer for the New Media Practicum showcase that will be taking place at Chamberlain Student Center from 10-1 PM on Tuesday May 7th, 2019. I encourage you to attend; admission is free and open to the general public. You will have the opportunity to see the Women in TV and Film new media project and mini-documentary showcasing my activities over the course of the semester.
Here are a few images shared on social media during the event:
This subject is near and dear to my heart and the project demonstrates micro-level steps we can take as a community to ensure there is more diversity, inclusivity and representation in storytelling. The feedback was overwhelming positive and the energy was lively during the event. The CCCA Showcase was particularly memorable for me since it was one of the few times during my undergraduate career where I experienced all majors from CCCA (biomedical art, public relations and advertising, journalism, communication studies etc.) under the same roof displaying their body of work. If you missed it, you missed out – however, I’d love to see you on Tuesday at NMP.
Tomorrow, I will post an article on WomeninTVandFilm.com outlining things that filmmakers, businesses and consumers / viewers can do to support women in this profession. Stay tuned.
The 2019 New Media Practicum (NMP) Showcase for Rowan University is taking place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 10AM-1PM at the Chamberlain Student Center. This event will feature several semester culminating student projects including Women in TV and Film by Briana M. Andrews.
If you prefer to attend on the weekend, a sneak preview of new media showcase will be taking place this Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the CCCA (College of Communications and Creative Arts) Student Awards & Showcase. This event takes place from 11AM-1PM in Pfleeger Hall.
The line-up is as follows:
Briana M. Andrews – Women in TV and Film [BibbyFame Digital, LLC]
Karlo G. Bulaong – Life of Kai
Steven Cimprien – The Nameless [Phantom Psyche Productions]
Nicole Cummings – What Do They Call Me? [Smile Sweet Productions]
I am pleased to introduce you to Thug Motivation. This is a drama short-film written and directed by (me) Briana M. Andrews, Rowan University senior and owner of BibbyFame Digital, LLC. The shoot took place over the weekend, and it was a awesome demonstration of teamwork and resourcefulness.
This story is an actor’s plea for “less thug, more motivation.” The protagonist, Kevin, played by Howie Jones, senior Computer Science major at Rowan University expresses frustration because he is a classically trained actor, however, he’s routinely cast and sent on auditions for demeaning roles which he reluctantly accepts. During this contentious meeting with the casting director, he lashes out about degrading role offers and visualizes inspirational, thought-provoking roles that contribute to humanity.
Gang-members and thug roles are disproportionately played by black actors. However, this isn’t reflective of the actual demographics of American gangs. While Thug Motivation shares the story of one actor, it serves as a launchpad for discussion on casting directors engaged in type-casting, limited role opportunities, inadequate African-American representation in film and potential societal implications from such imagery.
Production Title: Thug Motivation
Production Type: Independent / Student
Project Length: Short (5 minutes)
I submitted this screenplay for consideration earlier this semester and in recent weeks, I presented the look-book and defended the film concept. There was no budget for this film, however, campus resources were at our disposal for equipment. For the film setting, we converted an 8-max group study room at Campbell Library into a convincing office location. I am extremely proud of the entire team. I also appreciate their open-mindedness and willingness to wear several hats to pull this off successfully.
On Monday, March 25, 2019, I was inducted into Rowan University’s Sigma Zeta Chapter of Order of Omega. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their organizations, campuses and communities. It functions as an adjunct to traditional organizations and members are selected from the top 10% percent of students within the fraternity/sorority community.
There are 570 chapters of Order of Omega chartered throughout North America with the common goal of recognizing student-leaders and I am proud to be included in this elite group. It also means a lot to me to represent both my organization and the NPHC on this platform.
We need film more than ever! Film connects people through the art of storytelling. Much of what we see in film has roots in our backgrounds, upbringing, demographic area, socioeconomic status, cultural norms and gender. The film industry cannot be a monolithic arena and expect to be relevant with diverse communities. Film has to serve our communities, and reflect it. For my New Media Practicum project, I will create a forum for diversity and inclusion in film. Read my full submitted proposal here, and view the associated presentation here.
There is value in each of our experiences; women need to find our own voices, control the narrative and take ownership of our portrayal in film.