It is one thing to tell your children that “you can do anything you put your mind to it.” It’s another thing to show and manifest that truth. – Laura Fielder
What made you join the Black TV & Film Collective (BTFC)?
I joined the Black TV & Film Collective over a year ago, when it was strictly a meetup group. I got an invitation via email to join and was reluctant at first. However, after I learned Huriyyah was connected to the Meetup I decided to join. I had actually never met her, but my screenwriting instructor had spoken highly of Huriyyah years before — I decided to join.
How did your journey lead you to filmmaking?
My path has been long with many stops and detours. I was a film major in college, however I decided to pursue music after I graduated from college. I became interested in film again only after I started dating my then fiancee. He was a PA on Spike Lee’s Crooklyn. I visited him on set one day and the seed was planted. I loved being on the film set. That love for filmmaking has been growing ever since.
What are your goals as a filmmaker?
To successfully write and direct the stories I am compelled to tell.
Tell us about any current projects or ones in development.
Currently, I am in the final rewrite stages of my six-episode web series Doubly Blessed. Doubly Blessed is a series about a singer from the late 90’s/early 00’s Girl Group Era making a career comeback. I’ve been workshopping the script at the Black TV & Film Collective Screenwriters’ Committee as well as Filmshop, another film collective in which I am a member. I plan to go into pre-production in December and shoot in March/April of 2017.
Why this project?
Doubly Blessed is a the type of story I enjoy telling. It’s a story about women and family. It also represents my passion for music, as well as music history. I love bringing the ideas in my head to life. When I create a story or make a film it’s like creating a universe for others to observe, oggle, poke at, be inquisitive about, get lost in and enjoy. Hopefully, I create a celluloid sandbox for others to play in.
For artists, it is so important to have a support system. Who are the biggest supporters in your life?
First, organizations like the BTFC are needed to support emerging filmmakers like myself. BTFC is nourishment for my filmmaking soul. ‘Nuf said. I also have such great support from my siblings and friends. But most importantly, I have my three teenage daughters. They are not my support so much as they are my inspiration. It is one thing to tell your children that “you can do anything you put your mind to it.” It’s another thing to show and manifest that truth. I love them more than life itself. As an artist, filmmaker and storyteller, they keep me on the straight and narrow.
What’s the next step in your journey and how can we help?
After I finish my rewrite, I’m looking for anyone who is interested in co-producing!!!