The strength of the Black TV & Film Collective is best highlighted by our membership – an artistic and professional community of individuals with the shared goal of telling great stories.
We are a growing collective of screenwriters, producers, directors, cinematographers, editors, actors, animators and all around creative storytellers. Many of our collective members move their projects forward through the support of fellow members and the leadership team.
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Maria is an integrated marketing strategist and events producer at Viacom Media Networks. She develops branded content, digital campaigns and linear hits for brands and advertisers for the Video Music Awards, MTV’s Movie and TV Awards, VH1’s Dear Mama and a variety of Viacom tentpoles. She joined Viacom’s Velocity Culture & Creative Insights (VCCI) in April 2016, coordinating research around millennial trends in media, retail and pop culture. During her time at VCCI, she assisted with the production of “The Culture of Proximity” a documentary that explores generation-y as content creators and how brands can reach millennials. Previously, Maria worked at Goldman Sachs as a Global Marketing and Communications Sr. Analyst, developing brand campaigns and internal communications strategies for the investment bank. Prior to Goldman, Maria worked in political advertising at Bully Pulpit Interactive.
I recently retired from forty years of teaching Black film, Film Editing, and Special Effects at a 4-year liberal arts college. I continue to pursue my interest in film on a blog, emiliavopines.com, devoted to the visual analysis of films by new Black filmmakers. My aim is to provide new filmmakers with the type of academic analysis that is usually reserved for more established directors. I am also interested in 3d digital reconstructions of African-American sites of historical importance.
Polish born cinematographer Mateusz Broughton earned MFA in Cinematography from the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz.
Mateusz's work is informed by the formal rigor and aesthetics of the European cinema that he trained in, as well as the energy and vibrancy of the urban genres he's been working in since he moved to New York in 2005. Since then, he has shot numerous documentaries, short films, music videos, commercials as well as TV shows for History Channel, Animal Planet, Bravo Tv, Investigation Discovery to name a few.
Mercedes’ writing explores the curiosity and vulnerability within relationships and life. She is the lead writer and producer of the quirky comedic webseries, All My Friends Are Married. Her webseries has been the official selection at several festivals. In 2016, Season 2 was picked up for distribution by the Black Film and TV collective. Last year, Mercedes’ pilot, The Itty Bitty Tittie Committee, was a semi-finalist for Issa Rae’s Color Creative teleplay contest. With a blend of teen angst and dry humor, the pilot placed top 10 out of 1000 entries. Her screenplay, Dwayne and Conner’s 9th Grade Mixtape made it to the second round of the prestigious Austin Film Festival. Judges enjoyed the banter of this buddy comedy revolving around misfits in Detroit in the 1990’s. She is a graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Dramatic Writing. She has a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhart’s School of Education. As a storyteller, she hopes to leave her mark through creating a community of collaborators seeking to tell impactful stories that increase grace and love for all people. And laugh a bunch while doing it.