I wrote, directed and executive produced my first short film “One Last Request” in October of last year. I haven’t been to anybody’s film school nor taken a class on directing. Not to bask in my ignorance or to minimize the efforts of folks who have spent years honing their craft but I felt a deep desire to tell our stories through the medium of film and I knew I had to start somewhere.
I’m a firm believer in creating the images we want to see, so I assembled a team of folks who understood my vision and wanted to help me manifest it. With a small crew, we shot over two days last fall, 14- and 15-hour days. “One Last Request” is the story of a troubled young black woman, Lisa, who enlists a hit man, Frank, to help her fulfill an unusual request. The film will debut in the spring of this year.
I’m also in pre-production on another short film, “Distance,” about a black woman who wonders if she’s losing her mind or if people are purposely retreating from her. Both films have a “Twilight Zone”-esque feel, and that’s the tone I’m hoping to achieve with Lavender Pinocchio, a black woman’s fifth dimension, a speculative filter through which to critique issues of invisibility, race and commodification.
I know I have a lot to learn about the grammar of film and the art of directing, and I will continue to evolve as I immerse myself in the creative process. Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. #brownflowerpower