BLACK LIVES MATTER! Information on how to stay informed and help those who are in the fight for justice!

The recent killings of  Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor reminded the world that we need immediate change and real reforms to a justice system built on racism.  As an artist, I've struggled over the last two weeks with being creative or promoting any of my successes.  I'm hurting along with my community and fearing the safety of my love ones.  I don't know when I will regain my peace, but what gives me hope during these unprecedented and traumatic times is the attention and outrage these injustices are receiving around the globe. 
Many friends and allies want to know how to help.  Here are a few ways:
Make a donation to the organizations seeking help to bail protestors out of jail:
Bail Out Fund Organizations
Atlanta Boston Chicago Columbus Houston Los Angeles Las Vegas Louisville Milwaukee Philadelphia Phoenix Portland Toronto Seattle National
Support organizations who are organizing and leading social justice reforms:

Upcoming Destiny's Road Screenings

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7/23-7/25 @ Inspired Faith Film Festival
6/10 @ Black Truth Film Festival
6/3 - 6/9 @  International Christian Film Festival

3/7 @ Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
1/22 @ Denton Black Film Festival

TBD @ Women International Film Festival
TBD @ San Francisco Black Film Festival
TBD @ Queen Palm International Film Festival

Announcing the 2020 ScreenCraft Film Fund Second Rounders - ScreenCraft

Happy to announce that my feature script "Destiny's Road" made it to the 2nd round of the Screencraft Film Fund! 

Announcing the 2020 ScreenCraft Film Fund Second Rounders - ScreenCraft: Listed below are the Second Rounders of the 2020 ScreenCraft Film Fund. These exceptional projects were selected from almost 800 submissions. Congratulations to the writers who have made it this...

Film Festival screenings Amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic

The festival submission process for Destiny's Road started out rough. We got so many rejections the first round of submissions, with only making the official selection of one film festival and finalist for another.  Although it wasn't what I expected, I was grateful.  It saved my self esteem. I knew I had a good quality film and I thought that most film festivals would recognize that too.

After getting some honest feedback at a test screening with fellow film directors from Alliance of Women Directors, I realized that I needed to be more strategic with my submissions.  I shifted my focus from applying to the commercial festivals with A list attachments to niche festivals located in places where I could build an audience for the feature version of my film, which I've already written.

Finally,  I started receiving multiple emails that started with "Congratulations."  I still received rejections but not as many as before.  We screened at the Cinema Sisters Internat…

Destiny's Road at the Denton Black Film Festival in TX

While in attendance at the Denton Black Film Festival for the Destiny's Road film premiere, I had the opportunity to speak on the The Art of Short Filmmaking panel along with other talented filmmakers - Calvin Walter, Jacoby Percy, Lizette Barrera, and moderator, Vaun Monroe. We discussed the unique qualities of short films as well as why emerging filmmakers should embrace this genre. 

Destiny's Road screened  at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater on the final day of the festival.  We had the pleasure of being the opening film for the winner of the best feature documentary, Patrinell The Total Experience.  The two films complimented each other well, both having similar themes of family, hope, and faith. The audience response to my film was positive and I received wonderful compliments during the Q&A.  Also, seeing the film on the big screen was exhilarating.  

I left the theater on a high, but my mood immediately shifted when I entered the theater restaurant and saw the CNN headli…

Pitching My Heart Out!

Traci Carter (Producer) and I (Director) were selected as 1 of 12 teams (6 documentary and 6 narrative) to represent my narrative feature screenplay, Destiny's Road, at the Women In Film Financing Intensive, sponsored by Women In Film and Sundance Film Institute. We spent two days workshopping our budget and pitch with industry mentors in order to prepare us for a day of pitching with film financiers. We did an amazing job pitching the film. The nerves and adrenaline worked in our favor.  Only time will tell if we secured the green!

Got a feature film that needs financing, learn more about the Women In Film Financing Intensive here.

The Making of Destiny's Road

I just completed my 6th short film, Destiny’s Road, as the writer/director/producer. It took a village to pull it off and I’m grateful for the extraordinary crew that made it happen. Film credits are now viewable on IMDB. Check out my tribe!

This film is a proof of concept for my feature screenplay of the same name that was recently selected for the Women In Film Financing Intensive, which will take place in a few weeks. 
Key takeaways from my experience of making this film in California and advice to filmmakers: 1. It’s cheaper to get worker’s comp insurance from the CA State Fund or a payroll company than an insurance broker. You’ll save several hundreds. 2. Expect the unexpected and plan for it, last minute fixes can be costly. Allow at least 5% in the budget for contingencies.  3. With the California AB5 law, most crew members are classified as employees and not independent contractors, so you’ll have to pay taxes on their salaries. It's best to use a payroll company who can h…