From Dillard University in the Big Easy to Tisch School of the Arts in the Big Apple, I have honed my passion to write, produce and direct films that speak to matters of the heart, human insecurities, and bring light to treasured sub-cultures. Some of my works that address these themes include: Mirar Mirror, Girl Talk, Lumiette, Surrender (part of the anthology 6 Things I Never Told You), and Dressed Like Kings. My world in film has moved between narrative and documentary. On several projects, I have been able to blend the two genres structurally and visually.
I have also brought my experience to bear on several incredible historical films as Producer, Co-Producer, Line Producer, and Associate Producer. My portfolio includes the Peabody Award-winning Freedom Summer and the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, the Emmy Award-winning Jesse Owens, and Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, which recently aired this spring on PBS affiliates. Through these projects, I have worked to breathe life into history for new and diverse audiences, to demonstrate its relevance for our present and to preserve it for future generations. My film territory even expanded into the world of philanthropy as a consultant with the JustFilms unit at the Ford Foundation. This year I was Producer for Stanley Nelson's most recent project Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (Independent Lens 2018), a story very dear to me. These experiences have expanded my capacity as a storyteller, exposed me to new connections and given me a stronger understanding of funder strategies and initiatives.
One of the greatest gifts in life is to do what you love for a living. I credit my love for the arts and passion for collaboration to childhood summers in Zanesville, Ohio where I coaxed my cousins to act in my improv sketches to be performed in front of our adoring fans, namely our family. I continue to bring this energy and excitement to my craft. Over several projects I have worked to develop ideas and make them visual realities. As I continue to create my stories, I always welcome opportunities to support others to bring their visions to fruition. I also serve as a Stability Coordinator for Nice People, where my role is to provide encouragement and strategy support to the Creative Director who faces high levels of pressure. As an adjunct professor at The City College of New York, I constantly remind my students that filmmaking is a collaborative effort and that they should always remember have fun! What is there not to love about what we do!