Ep. 33 – Arkeisha Roberts : Director & Screenwriter

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.

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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.

 

Ep. 32 Jalena Keane-Lee : Social Justice Filmmaker

Jalena Keane-Lee is a co-founder of Breaktide Productions an all women of color production team. Her first documentary short, The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality follows Burmese female laborers as they physically develop a country that is rapidly changing. The short was selected for streaming on Seed&Spark’s “Fight for Your Rights” playlist, and has begun its festival run at the Portland Film Festival, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

 

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Additionally, Jalena has Directed a short Czech language film on 16mm, a spec pilot with an all woman of color cast and crew, and partnered with non-profits to amplify their work. Jalena is currently a 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which has supported shorts that have premiered at SXSW, HotDocs, and Sundance. Her writing has been featured in Seventeen Magazine, The Tempest and NBC.com, and she has made films that highlight the importance of campus activism, a woman of color running for office, and destigmatizing menstruation.

 

On This Episode (Listen HERE)
Why it’s important to her to tell stories that spark social change?
Her Project Standing Above The Clouds
First Piece of Equipment she invested in as a filmmaker verses what she would invest in now?

Who is the priority in your story, who wants to see what you are doing?

Being a one woman band, teaching her about her voice and perspective
Finding her voice as a filmmaker.

What is she reading? Behold the Dreamer

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Brown Girls Doc Mafia 

Project 1324

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EP. 31 Toni Thai : Director & Screenwriter

A published author at 8 years old, writing is where I started. A Writer is what I am. A Director is who I am. Luckily, they both work well together. Photography is a passion that feels more like giving because I love making people feel beautiful. In my latest project (Potty Break) I step in front of the camera as well as behind it; a journey that was challenging, but fun.

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As a director and photographer, Toni has worked with talents such as Taraji P. Henson, Rob Lowe, Fab 5 Freddy and Ava Duvernay. It was Ava who named Toni Vibe’s Next Female Filmmaker. As a commercial and content director, her clients have included AOL, Barnes & Noble, Kmart, AT&T, The Nicki Minaj Collection, Clinique, A&E television, Tyra Banks’ Type F, and Wacoal.

Recently, she was selected by the NYC Mayor’s office for their MOME film finance lab. Through the lab, she’s developing a narrative feature film project. Currently, Toni is in Post Production on a fun and raw webseries she wrote and directed called “Potty Break”.

Toni co-produced and co-starred in the Gotham Award nominated film, “August The First”.

Also, Toni is in production on a feature length Documentary about a recently released former Pennsylvania Drug Kingpin, who is simultaneously fighting to save his community and his life as he battles cancer.

On This Episode (Listen HERE)
Her Documentary Unapologetic 
Her upcoming Web Series Potty Break 
How she was able to work with clients like; AOL, Barnes & Noble, Kmart, AT&T, The Nicki Minaj Collection, Clinique, A&E television, Tyra Banks’ Type F, and Wacoal
Why traveling is important for filmmakers.

What is she reading? The Last Black Unicorn, The Miracle Morning  

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EP. 30 Sarah Moshman : Director, Documentary Filmmaker

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America.

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After directing two short documentaries about female empowerment in young women, (Girls Rock! Chicago (2010) and Growing up Strong: Girls on the Run (2012)) she set out to direct her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) which has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. With Indieflix as the distributor, the film has been sponsored by major brands like Nordstrom, American Girl and Microsoft to spread this message far and wide. Sarah’s second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. The film was released globally in 190 countries on Netflix in May 2017.

Next up she’s making a documentary examining sexual harassment in the workplace entitled NEVERTHELESS. Sarah is dedicated to telling stories that uplift, inform and inspire as well as showcase strong female role models on screen.

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On This Episode (Listen HERE)
Her Documentary Losing Sight of Shore.
How she ran prepared none filmmakers at sea to tell their story through film.
Not having money for your project but how to get it done.
Mentioned using sony fdr ax100
How to look for the deeper layers to tell a documentary story?
How to get started when as a documentary storyteller?
Empowerment Project.

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EP. 29 Noel Corbin : Costume Designer

noelGeorgia native, Noel Corbin, attended Davidson Fine Arts High School, where she first began her studies costume design at the age of 14. Having found her gift for bringing stories to life through textiles at a young age, she took college course work at the Savannah College of Art & Design while in high school and later obtained her Undergraduate Degree in Fashion Design from Georgia Southern UniversityWith 10 years professional experience in costume design with Codeblack Films, the Amateur Comedy Club of New York City, and Coerlessly Ink., and fashion design in the New York fashion industry at Nicole Miller and Brooklyn Industries, Noel continued her education by enrolling in New York University in 2014.

 

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While attending NYU, she worked at a contractor with the fashion collection at the Smithsonian, broadening her knowledge in textile history, care, and researchIn 2017, she completed her Masters of Arts degree in Visual Culture: Costume Studies with a focus on the 19th and early 20th dress and relocated to Los Angeles, California  to continue her work in costume design. Noel specializes in period costume, design, illustration, patternmaking, and construction and is currently the costume designer for Stepford Sidechix, a new web-series by Coerlessly Ink.

 

On This Episode (Listen HERE)
Defining moment of choosing costume design
Process of collaborating with filmmakers
Networking leading to job opportunities
Finding inspiration as a costume designer
How can indie filmmakers make it on a budget in reference to costume design
Building a profile for characters

What is she watching? Stepford Sidechix

What is she reading? Lady Sings the Blues  Billie Holiday
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Ep. 28 Shameka S.L. Sawyer : Creative Director

Shameka S.L. Sawyer is the founder and Creative Director of the 5 Shorts Project. Founded in 2013, the 5 Shorts Project assists aspiring filmmakers with creating a short film. Once films are completed, the project hosts a free community screening and the films air on local television via Comcast and Verizon. All participants – actors, cast, and crew are eligible to receive IMDb credit. To date, the 5 Shorts Project has produced 20 short films in four years.

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On This Episode (Listen HERE)
What is 5 shorts project?
How she is building a community through filmmaking.
Avoiding the mean girl role as a Director.
Empowering others to use their voice through filmmaking.
Biggest mistake newbie filmmakers make
The process of 5 short.

While chatting I mentioned a must see documentary. The Overnighter.
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