short film

My SYFY Fantasy

Gianluca Malacrino and I hit the screen again with the wonderful SYFY short, Between! We had the dream team here with a screenplay and direction from the incredible mind of Alexander Hanno, and the gutsy camera works of DP, Samuel Lancaster!

Between tells the story of a young bartender who wakes up after a night out on a beautiful beach. Doesn't sound too bad, right? But before long he realizes that this sandy paradise is completely inescapable. After a few nights of panic and several attempts at getting off of the island, he meets a mysterious woman who seems to live on the island. Will she help him? Or is she the reason that he can't leave?

I have to say this was one of the most fun sets I have had the pleasure of working on. Our entire team was so willing to try new, innovative, sometimes (moderately) dangerous things to make each shot interesting and true that this experience has a unique sense of adventure. Not to mention filming on a beautiful beach all day. No complaints here!

Instance

It's super surreal when you work on the same project as actors that you grew up watching and admiring. I first experienced this working on No Place to be Somebody with the fabulous Hawthorne James and it's happening again with Instance !

Denise Dowse and T'Keyah Crystal Kemah both star in the film about an idealistic art teacher who befriends a troubled teenage boy in her class. The friendship seems innocent and harmless but when she is accused of an instance of inappropriate behavior, it becomes unclear who the actual victim really is.

It was truly awesome to work with these artists and I am confident that Instance is about to WRECK the festival scene! Can't wait! 

 

From This Day Forward

Marriage, trust, promises, pain, doubt, and recovery--all in one evening. In From This Day Forward tensions rise between this couple as they struggle to return to normalcy after the husband returns from war. 

I really enjoyed working on this film for several reasons but one of my favorite aspects was how we worked as a team to explore the use of long shots to create a tone of fluidity at the beginning that gradually becomes more staccato as the tension rises. 

Cream

As an African American actress, I have dreams of playing so many iconic figures that have contributed to my culture. Cream was the first step in making that dream come true. Although I wasn't portraying Angela Davis herself (yet), I did have the opportunity to play a woman of the Black Panther Party. 

Cream follows a family who's relations have been strained due to their different stances on the importance of assimilating into white culture. The matriarch of the family starts trying bleach her granddaughters skin at a very young age. She begins a nightly regiment where she straightens their hair then forces them to apply skin bleach. The eldest sister, Joy, grows weary of the abuse and runs away, leaving her little sister alone with her abusive grandmother. Cream begins with Joy making a shocking return to her family home. She is in full panther uniform and is obviously on the run from the cops. Will her grandmother shed her prejudices in order to protect her own? Or will both granddaughters continue to suffer the consequences of her narrow minded view?

Cream has become an official selection for five film festivals and counting! I am so proud of the success of this film and I hope that it sheds light on the importance of self-love in a society that doesn't always make it easy.