Producing Circle: Producing with an all Black Women Team

Producing Circle: Producing with an all Black Women Team

It’s time for a Producer’s Circle.

This week’s Producer’s Circle will be led by BTFC members Ashley Denise and Ricki Lynée. The ladies will share about their journey as producers. Explore the triumphs and challenges the team faced while producing their latest work “The Retreat” with an all black women led cast and crew.

Discussion Points: 

-Using your Lookbook to connect with resources during pre-production
-Developing your Wishlist for production needs
-Authentic casting and reasonable accommodations during production
-Pooling resources, problem-solving and getting creative 





Nuanse Entertainment is an independent film and video production company based in New York City. We are devoted to depicting multi-dimensional characters across every genre. Our work contributes to the perpetuation of a new narrative about the black experience.


Ashley Denise discovered her dream of writing for film and television while studying English at Yale University. In 2009, she moved to New York to pursue her career. She established Nuanse Entertainment, a boutique production company, whose goal is to create colorful characters for every genre. Projects include feature-length and short films, webseries, comedy sketches and music videos that have screened at festivals and showcases across the country. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Comcast/Xfinity, IndieWire/Shadow And Act, Project Catalyst, KweliTV and the National Black Public Media Consortium. Ashley is a recipient of Big Vision, Empty Wallet’s Kickstart Diversity Program and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.



Ricki Lynée is a New York City based actress, model, writer and producer. Born into a large family in Queens, Ricki began acting at the age of 12. She played classical piano for many years and is a former hip-hop dancer. Ricki co-runs and operates the boutique independent film production company, Nuanse Entertainment, alongside Founder/Artistic Director, Ashley Denise. She is also a proud member of Stable Cable Lab Co., a non-profit organization committed to creating an environment for new work and for theatre artists to flourish. Ricki is committed to developing a body of quality work highlighting women and minorities, telling untold stories, and dedicated to challenging social norms. Ricki Lynée recently received the “Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play” award for her work in The Diplomats in the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival.

What is a Producer?

The definition of a producer varies depending on whom you speak with, but after 10 years of producing, several feature films, an international doc, many shorts and web series under my belt, I will put it like this….the Producer is the Leader. He or she is the person who feels enough responsibility for the project and people involved (in front of and behind the camera) to keep going, to find a way “to produce what before was not,” no matter what. They see it through.

Producers are usually business minded, like money but also like art, like organizing, are natural leaders, are the hardest workers, the first to set, the last to leave, the ones up earliest, with the most bruises, have made the most mistakes (because they shoulder the most responsibility) and plainly have taken an oath to see it through to the best of their and the project’s ability.

In short, it’s a tough job. But, it’s worth it when the audience is sitting in that theater watching what YOU made happen. No better feeling in the world to me. ONLY RSVP to this learning session if you are a producer looking for a project. We have several good ones you should consider and are putting in place resources to support you though the process.

Our goal is to make sure our members work gets made, and every production is a success. So, if you’re a leader then we are calling on you!

At this (virtual) meeting, we’ll touch on topics such as scheduling, budgeting, marketing, and more. 

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May 28 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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