Hey #ShiningStarrs! I am still in somewhat disbelief over this, but I'm also so excited for my teams and that our work is being recognized as important and impactful!
This week the awards were announced for The 1st Annual Strong Chance Film Festival and both of my shorts have been nominated for the same exact awards...four each! The two that always excite me the most, outside of Best Short and even Best Actress, are the Best Director and Best Screenwriting awards.
As a creative and filmmaker, I am still learning and growing as a writer and especially as a director. So to be recognized is awesome. Also, for Shh... my mentor and director Pat Coker did his THING with that film and I am elated that he is being recognized for it. For my short THEM, it was my first time directing my own work on film under MY company. While it was daunting, I had a partner in crime, Amanda Marques, that brought a lot of the technicality of it to the table and my AD Jemier Jenkins was the BEST THING TO HAPPEN to this project. So while it was one of the toughest things I've done in some time, it has been one of the most rewarding.
Check out our nominations and if you are free on August 10th at 6pm, come out to the Strong Chance Film Festival and catch both Shh... and THEM in screening block #3. And for a special treat, if you come at 4:30pm you can check out the panel I will be participating with, "I Brought My Own Chair." You can purchase tix for the panel and/or the screening as well as the awards ceremony on the 11th HERE.