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What is unique is using art as a form of spiritual practice. I recently learned that the work that I do, doesn't just come from me, but rather through me. I think my personal responsibility is creating and protecting that flow for myself and to continue to search for collaborators that operate the same way. Being an..
I couldn’t see myself reflected anywhere in my surroundings, which is especially weird growing up on the continent where everyone around you is black. So that made no sense to me and I would complain about it until my father dared me to “stop complaining and make my own films” and in defiance, I took that on..
I want my work to be raw. My work oftentimes helps me process life. I do think a line should be drawn when vulnerability makes it impossible to do the work, the process. Otherwise, I think there’s a certain quality of work that emerges when vulnerable. You always have...
It was a gradual realization for me. I have always been in love with movies, but I originally intended to only be an actress. I participated in acting training from a very young age through high school. I realized that being only an actress meant giving up a lot of creative control..
Poetry and scriptwriting actually have a lot in common. The economy of words. Reducing the most complicated and expansive of ideas into images at once recognizable yet charged. My experiences with depression led me into filmmaking. I turned to filmmaking to capture the feelings..
Films are a reflection of our diverse views on what it means to be human. With the majority of films led by male filmmakers, half our population are put in supporting roles or completely silenced. I was..
Fresh new perspectives from people who have previously never had the platform to express them are now the most valued. It is being proven over and over again at the box office, on streaming platforms and beyond, that audiences want to discover new world's, new people, and the intricacies of their language and sound...
In Jezebel part of this involves the sisters doing adult entertainment as young black women against the very white backdrop of Las Vegas. Making the film was thrilling and scary and touching..
I find it important for us as artists to be willing to go to those unattractive places in our storytelling to help address these often unspoken issues, hold conversations about the taboo, and hopefully, the art can be used to help begin the healing process for those who need to heal..
You have to be open to being honest with yourself and with others. Filmmakers are trained to be lie detectors. Not in an overt or mischievous way, but it just comes with the training. You have to learn how to elevate the subtext when making a film. And that takes honesty..
One of the key lessons I've learned is that everything isn't for everybody, so pay attention to detail and accept what it is, but don't change what you..
It can be quite uncomfortable to present my personal and vulnerable stories for evaluation alongside many of my classmates; many of whom tell stories about things that are completely detached from their personal lives. While this..