Daughters of Solanas continues to take off! The dramedy short was recently accepted into two additional film festivals. What great news to kick off Women’s History Month!?!? It is an official selection of the 2020 Uptown Women’s Festival of New York which runs May 14-17th 2020 at New Stage Theater. The film was also recently selected for the 2020 Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta.
Directed by Angele Cooper of Alpha Female Films, this dramedy short was created as part of the New York iteration of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. It premiered in April 2019 at the Museum of Moving Image in New York. I had the pleasure of working this entire female cast and crew as a BTS / Unit Photographer. I also managed socials and established digital presence for the film. Read more about the film by clicking here => #DaughtersofSolanas or visiting the IMDB page.
Happy to share news that I was interviewed and featured for the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries
This was a pretty in-depth interview and I had a great time opening up and sharing information about my journey and what’s to come. This series was curated and published by Alana Marie Woodson, a St. Louis-based filmmaker, storyteller and digital content creator. I’d like to encourage you all to check it out.
Find out how I got my start as a filmmaker, if I ever dealt with imposter syndrome and what I classify as my best work to date. Find out what’s on my film bucket-list and hear why I think other it’s important not to get “pre-occupied with optics.” I also describe my personal, female-centric artistic style and provide advice and words of encouragement to other young and/or aspiring female filmmakers.
Here is an excerpt from the interview transcript where I detail why I feel like it is important to have our voices represented:
“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 television, film and new media. These industries need to tune into and be empathetic to the needs of various audiences. 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.”
I’d like to give a special shout-out to Alana Marie for using her platform to provide a forum for other female content-creators during Women’s History Month.
There are several upcoming events in the New York City area that should be on the radar for all established and aspiring female filmmakers. These events offer an excellent opportunity to network, learn and support fellow women in TV and film. From festivals and conferences, to funding panels, round-tables and screenings – these are events you don’t want to miss!
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at MOMA PS2, the inaugural Black Women Film Conference co-organized by The New Negress Film Society will take place. This is a treat, particularly for Black / African-American female filmmakers because this community-building event will feature an exchange of filmmaking strategies and offer a space for our voices and experiences.
Next up, on Thursday March 21, 2019, the NYC Women Filmmakers (NYCWF) will hold a Creative Financing Panel at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. This is another opportunity for knowledge exchange, collaboration, resource sharing and support for female filmmakers. This event is particularly useful for budgeting and learning strategies to fund your next project.
On Saturday March 23, 2019, the Girl Power Film + Media Summit curated by Imagine This Productions offers a day of discussions, panels, film screenings, workshops, and a dinner party. This event celebrates Women’s History Month, and also serves as an inspirational launchpad for the future of women in the film and television industries.