Mar 20, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
Last December, we received news that Kjerstin Johnson (co-writer of Sista in the Brotherhood) and I were awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council toward the creation of a pilot or short film we've been working on. Stay tuned for more news later in the year!
We found out in late December that Sista in the Brotherhood won two awards at the International Black Film Festival: Best Short and Best Actress for Sidony O'neal who plays the lead, Laneice in the film. Congrats to our team and especially to Sidony who carried the film.
Oct 27, 2016
Sista in the Brotherhood is nearing the end of its festival run. In early November, we'll be screening at the St. Louis International Film Festival, our first Oscar-qualifying festival. So excited to attend adn check out all the other movies.
Here are some photos from various festivals.
Here's a photo of producer Maggie Renzi and director John Sayles at Bend Film Festival! They said they loved Sista in the Brotherhood! Amazing!!
Here's a photo of me with judge Paula Bernstein of Filmmaker Magazine, judge Khalik Allah, New York based filmmaker and photographer who also worked on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Director of NW Film Forum in Seattle, Courtney Sheehan. Sista in the Brotherhood won Best Short Film!!
I look a bit smirky (accidentally), but really I'm overjoyed at being one of many recipients of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce's Woman of Vision award. I'm pictured here with Connie Ashbrook, Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen who came out to support and Katie Hughes who also won for her work as Executive Director of Girls Build. What a great luncheon!
This is me in front of the Time Warner Building in New York City where Sista in the Brotherhood won the Spirit Award. So happy to see the film connecting with festivals and audiences around the country!!
The award is on the right and on the left, I'm holding a declaration from the City of New York saying I am "worthy of esteem!" I guess they really take film seriously in New York!
Thanks to Reel Sisters for having us there!
Oct 9, 2016
A short we made for Metro screened this weekend at the New Urbanism Film Festival. As part of that, We Are Moving Stories included an interview with me about the film and why it was made. You can read it here!
Sep 20, 2016
I was surprised and honored to find out that I've been named a Woman of Vision by the Daily Journal of Commerce for my work helping to diversify the trades. See the announcement here.
Above, that's me and my friend Katie Hughes. Katie was also named a WOV, for her work as Executive Director of Girls Build. Katie also worked with me at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. and helped out on set with Sista in the Brotherhood!
Apr 12, 2016
A week and a half ago, I presented a clip of Sista in the Brotherhood as the recipient of the Lilla Jewel Artist Award at the MRG Foundation's Justice Within Reach event. It was a glorious night where hundreds of people invested in making our community better come together for a night of art, dinner, dancing and fundraising. I put together a speech telling my story of going from carpenter to carpentry trainer at a non-profit to now, filmmaker. I was nervous initially to get on the stage in front of so many, but it was amazing to be in the company of such a generous audience. The best part was hearing how they connected with the film. It was a beautiful night and I'm still very humbled to be connected to the foundation and their important work.
Above: Me, on stage at the Portland Art Museum at Justice Within Reach.
Mar 2, 2016
So excited to announce that Sista in the Brotherhood just won Best Short Film and Best Oregon Short Film at the Portland International Film Festival!! We are so thrilled and amazed. Woohoo!!!
Read the article here: http://www.wweek.com/2016/03/01/the-audience-awards-for-the-39th-portland-international-film-festival/
Feb 5, 2016
I'm proud and honored to announce that I am the winner of this year's Lilla Jewel Award from the MRG Foundation! What does this mean? Check it out here!
It's an amazing opportunity to reach a wider audience with the film and just acknowledge the many hands who helped make the film happen--especially the work of Dr. Roberta Hunte who inspired the film to begin with. We hope you'll come out and see the film soon. Screening info is here: http://www.sistainthebrotherhood.com/screenings.html