Shortie of the Week : SELAH

Maya Cryor is a writer, producer and director. She is a a 24 year old from the suburbs of Pennsylvania. She has received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Maya has produced and directed four short films. Her directorial debut, “Sweet Dream“, was selected by Digital Hollywood Digifest for their Digital Short Film category as a finalist and the film was a semifinalist in the Caribbean Film Festival & Market in Spring 2017. Maya is currently working on writing scripts for web series and short films.
Title of the Shortie: SELAH
Director: Maya Cryor
Copyright Owner: Maya Cryor
Total Running Time: 2:32
Brief Synopsis: The premise of this film is to show an array of women taking a moment of rest with their thoughts, feelings, and bodies.
Connect: Instagram: hi_mayacryor

Shortie of the Week: Patience

“Created by real-life drivers and passengers, each episode is completely improvised by Chicago comedians. Meaningful human connection can happen in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Especially in the digital era where it is so easy to forgo any and all direct contact with other people, our show is a reminder that when you let someone in, even for five minutes, it can change your life.

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Director Name: Katie Hunter
Copyright Owner: Katie Hunter
Total Running Time: 08:54

A NOTE FROM KATIE (show-runner, co-creator)
I was sitting on Jeff Irlbeck’s back porch one night when I revealed to him that I hate talking
to Uber drivers. Jeff is a real-life Uber driver, and he immediately assembled the deck chairs
into a car formation and told me to get in the “backseat”. Jeff said “I’ll get you to talk, and
you’ll like it”. I did.

A month later we convinced our improv friends to sit in a car with Jeff for 20 minutes while we filmed them. When we reviewed the footage, we discovered the stories that expanded in ways we never could have imagined. That’s how we made RideShare. Enjoy!

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Shivawn Hill, is a writer, director and a storyteller at heart. She’s currently in post production with her short documentary film. She believes that one day soon she’ll form the ultimate group of Storytellers who will travel the world to share the stories of creative peculiar people. Come hang out with her on Instagram.

Shortie of the Week-Ana Monaco


Ana Monaco: By day, I’m a Film Student (attending the top Art School in the world!) media entrepreneur, writer/director, photographer and founder of the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective (#LLBLOG) and creative director for the First Annual #LLBLOGNOTACONF Blogger Getaway.

Check out Her Shortie of the Week : Meet Kenny.

Regardless of what you see and read in the media, this is probably the most exciting time to be a female filmmaker – and to be a woman of color to boot!
Just look around you: we’re right at the cusp of Hollywood paying attention to something that needed to be done a long time ago – including women in the mix.
The voices of women of color are unique and yet inspire greatness. Women can make great films – and everyone, begrudgingly as it may seem –  is ready to see what we do…and as female filmmakers, we’re ready to show the world what we CAN do.
That being said, it’s never too early or too late to pursue a passion. I for one, applied to Film School school after more than 15 years working in PR/Marketing and Social Media. Because the passion in film, as you probably have already figured out, is not something that goes away when you get a stable job after college.
If you’re like me, don’t be afraid to go back and pursue your passion. I, for one, have already discovered that life experience coupled with a unique voice and point of view, will make you stand out from everyone else. And, as scary and sometimes lonely as it may seem, it’s actually a good thing.
So do whatever it is that you need to do to discover YOU. That might mean taking a job after college – in a non-related film industry – traveling the world, and of course doing the things that will make you a better filmmaker: Take part in the arts (painting, photography, etc.), read (scripts and books – everyday!), watch good and bad films, old and new; and have a life. A REAL life. Because unless you’re writing about a world that doesn’t exist, you need to connect to the people you’re writing about – and for. Do all of this until your heart is so full and so ready to do something, that like it happened to me, someone will tell you that it’s time to pursue your passion. And they will. Listen to those signs.
Going into filmmaking, know that regardless of what you want to say or share, filmmaking is a collaborative industry that largely depends on its history – so you can’t learn by just doing, you learn by getting inspired by the work of others. You HAVE TO work with others. Men and women. Gay and Straight. People of color and of course, the largely white male fraternity that has run Hollywood for years. So while it will help you get ahead to be you, you also have to learn to play the game. THAT, is probably the hardest thing to do when you decide to pursue your filmmaking dreams.
Lastly, while sometimes you discover who YOU are by working on your own film projects, there’s something to be said about attending Film School and having the collective feedback of some of the best folks in the industry and others just as passionate about storytelling as you are; and, able to make mistakes in a safe setting versus striking it out on your own. Film School also helps you refine your unique voice in such a way that you begin to learn where you want to be and what you want to work on.
Yes, Film School is expensive and it’s INCREDIBLY hard to get accepted into the top schools – so if you can’t do it now, collaborate with students attending those schools and learn from them. We’re always looking for crew and we’re always ready to share our knowledge.
As they say in Hollywood: See you on set!
Lydia Hunter Britt
Ursa Gifted Major Kenny
Mary Dallas Nicki
Maria Richwine Jan
Kevin Duarte Editor
Carrie Hesse Production Design
Ana Lydia Monaco Wardrobe Styling
Stephen Adler Cinematography / Director of Photography
Frank Duncanson Catering
Andrey Bailey Camera 2 + Sound Supervisor
Vicki Jo Costanzo Script Supervisor
Cathy Guzman Location Manager
Mimi Guzman-Duncanson Production Assistant
Bobbie Roth
Frank Monaco

Shortie of the Week – Kweli Legacy


This week’s feature for Shortie of the Week is “Hostile“. Hostile is a fast paced drama involving the hostage negotiation of a woman who has been pushed to the edge in the most compromising of situations.

Executive Producer: Nikkea Shareè
Essence Magazine Best Selling Author Nikkea Sharee (formerly Nikkea Smithers) has been a multimedia force for over a decade. Her award winning novels span a variety of genres from drama, romance, murder mystery, poetry and even young adult fiction. A noted spoked word artist, she has performed on stages from NY to LA
Director: Ciara J. Lewis
Screenwriter, playwright and director based out of Connecticut. With a successful season adapting the best selling novel “Once You’ve Touched the Heart” by Iris Bolling (praised by USA Today) into a screenplay for CW Richmond, she has developed her love for film. Attending The Los Angeles Film School to transition from writer to director, she is currently working on a number of projects.
Advice to Female filmmakers:
Create your own lane and be diligent about your craft. Stay focused. Don’t compromise. Be yourself.
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Creative Outsiders, xo

Shortie of the Week -Kayona Brown


This week’s feature for Shortie of the Week is “Of Music and Men“. Of Music and Men is an American comedy-drama series that chronicles the life of a young single female entrepreneur and her experiences with men as she tries to succeed in the music business and in love.

Kayona Ebony Brown

As a multi-hyphenate artist, my journey began with the simple desire to tell stories. I was 8 years old when I started on this path. Today, I use a myriad of platforms, from novels and screenwriting, to acting and directing for stage and film. My experiences have contributed to the gift I hope to share with the world and the legacy I plan to leave.

Advice to Female filmmakers:
Allow your voice to tell you who it is. So often we get caught up trying to do what we think people will like or create what we think might sell. But your voice is your own; it’s special. No one else has it. Whether it’s writing, directing, acting, editing, whatever… Give your voice time and space to be YOUR voice, and it’ll become its perfect self.
Show some Love for our Shortie of the Week.
If you are interested in being featured or submitting your short or trailer for consideration check out how here.
Creative Outsiders, xo