This week we’re loving Minimum Wage! Wait, that sounds crazy. Rephrase – this week we’re loving opportunities that have made Minimum Wage possible. No, not corporate greed, the ‘New Normal’. Okay in the interest of clarity, let us rephrase…this week we’re loving opportunities launched by Issa Rae, Charles D. King, Julie Dash and Franklin Leonard – opportunities for us, by us. Is this the new normal?
Check out this week’s standouts below.
Project Greenlight Digital Studios provides premium content for online audiences. Together with Issa Rae’s Color Creative TV, it’s The New Normal contest is designed to find emerging writers with underrepresented voices. The first submission selected for development from the contest is anthology series ‘Minimum Wage’ by winning writers Maya Houston, Rebecca Hu and Arpita Kuma. The series centers around “five different employees of a run-down fast food restaurant in Los Angeles, who are working to give the business a much-needed revitalization, in addition to their own individual lives.”
Former talent agent and partner at William Morris Endeavor, Charles D. King has started a new media company MACRO Ventures. King is arguably the leading African American talent agent for artists in the music, TV and film industries, and continues with his latest career move, to be an advocate for minority talent. With MACRO he seeks to develop and distribute feature films, TV series, and digital content targeting African-American, Latino and multicultural markets.
Queries for script submissions by unrepresented writers can be sent via the Macro Ventures website.
Julie Dash’s 1991 film ‘Daughters of the Dust’ was a barrier-shattering achievement. It was the first feature film by a black woman to have a theatrical release, and it is this very feat that inspired South Carolina’s festival, ‘Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color.’ The festival, featuring work by contemporary female filmmakers of color, will run from November 11th – 13th and be hosted by The Nickelodeon Theatre, a non-profit art house cinema.
Black List founder Franklin Leonard and hotel chain Autograph Collection have partnered to host a physical space for writer-focused programming at Sundance 2017. No stranger to film, Autograph leads a larger film initiative which includes an Independent Film Channel featuring works selected by FilmBuff, made fully available to it’s hotel guests. Outside of Sundance, Autograph will also host Black List events such as Black List Table Reads, and The Black List Screenwriter Lab, at its hotel properties throughout the world.
The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective.
April Guscott is a Brooklyn native and creative writer who has a love of storytelling across all mediums. April has written short stories, poetry, essays and now turns her attention to screenwriting and blogging. April is an active member of the Black TV & Film Collective.