Several years ago, a dear friend recommended the book Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. A simple story about two caterpillars that mistake a “caterpillar pillar” as the meaning of life. They soon discover that life begins when they surrender to the cocoon and transform into a butterfly. Instantly, this book became one of my all-time favorites and is the inspiration behind Black Butterfly Productions.
Black Butterfly Productions equates the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the process of filmmaking; taking an idea, developing it and in the end, producing a beautiful piece of work.
STACEY LYNN HOLMAN has directed and produced three award-winning films: Mirar Mirror, Girl Talk and Dressed Like Kings, which have received national and international recognition; was singled out by Black Entertainment Television (BET) to produce and direct an original short film entitled Red Heeled for their web series Scene Stealers. Her work has also been acknowledged in several national publications, including Essence and Vibe magazines.
Currently, Stacey is the Co-Producer of a feature-length documentary on jazz pianist, arranger and composer Mary Lou Williams for PBS. She was also the Associate Producer for Jesse Owens and the Emmy winning documentary Freedom Riders, helmed by award-winning director Stanley Nelson, which debuted to rave reviews at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, was a featured segment on Oprah, and aired on American Experience in May 2011. In addition, she is completing her documentary, Dressed Like Kings, which was shot in South Africa and garnered the Tribeca Film Festival Creative Promise Award. Other accolades include: NYSCA Grant, the Martin Scorsese Post-Production Award, the Warner Brothers Pictures Post-Production Award, and a finalist for the IFFM Gordon Parks Award. Her work has screened at Nantucket Film Festival, Harlem Film Festival, Urban World, Black International Cinema Berlin, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, to name a few.
Stacey’s work is not limited to narrative and documentaries; she has also produced and directed a mental illness PSA for National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI] and an AIDS PSA for League Awareness. She is also part of the Adjunct Faculty of the Undergraduate Film Program at City College in New York City.
In 2008, Stacey joined creative forces with five other NYU Grad Alumni to produce and direct the critically acclaimed feature length film, 6 Things I Never Told You.
Stacey received her M.F.A from the graduate film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her B.A in Communications at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.