Kristina Thomas is full force directing machine. She started filmmaking in college and mentored under Haile Gerima; learning the ins-and-outs of the film business. It later helped her show her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to an opportunity to direct a pilot show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pilot centered on three young people, between the ages of 19-24, making a difference to help rebuild New Orleans.
Kristina has worked as a Script Coordinator on Being Mary Jane, New Edition Story, Greenleaf and currently Lovecraft Country. Kristina hopes to one day become an influential and acclaimed filmmaker/writer in history.
On This Episode (Listen HERE)
Mentoring as a Filmmaker
Jumping in the DM as a filmmaker?
Script Coordinator duties and working on New Edition
The culture of the industry.
Self-care as a filmmaker
Finding your voice as a director
Pivoting in California
Book she is reading? Native Son
What is she watching? Bold Type
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Arkeisha Roberts graduated in 2004 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts with a focus in acting, directing, and playwriting. After graduation, Arkeisha immediately went to Los Angeles where she remained for three years screenwriting and acting.
She moved to New York where she wrote screenplays for Lance Rivera aka “UN” who is the main director for Queen Latifah’s company. He connected her with many celebrities to write for including Irv Gotti, Katt Williams, Charlie Murphy, Faizon Love, Wendy Williams, Russell Simmons adopted son (Cavalli), and many more. While in New York, Arkeisha also continued to act in independent films. In 2014 Michael Copon contacted her to write Worth the Price. Then in 2015, Copon asked her to write the TV series Dystopia and to be script supervisor for the filming of all ten episodes. It was then, she decided to move from New York to her hometown Virginia to continue her dreams writing screenplays for Michael Copon as well as helping build up his film company.
Since settling in Virginia Beach, she has worked on several feature films in the area with million dollar budgets and independent films/tv production with positions such as 2nd Assistant Director, production assistant, script supervisor, and art director. She produced a play she wrote and showed it at the Sandler Center that included opera singing, puppets, and salsa dancing. She is working on converting a N.Y. times best seller into a screenplay, that she intends to produce along with another original screenplay.