About two months ago my agent sent me an email and asked me if I had any short film scripts to submit to a special program Tribeca was starting for women filmmakers. I didn't. I feel like I'm writing a short film nearly every week with our Black&Sexy episodes, but that's with the help of a talented staff. My only solo project was a feature length script in the works.
But wait - let me read those pages. I'm proud of those pages - and those pages could absolutely stand alone as a short film since I stopped writing at a milestone in the story. So, I sent it over and for the most part didn't think about it much after. Then some weeks later I got the call that I had been selected. I squealed. It feels good to be hand selected by Paula Weinstein and friends, and the more I looked into this inaugural program the more excited I became.
Sponsored by Chanel - um yes - the leadership at Tribeca said - we are going to stop talking about what to do about moving women forward - we are going to start doing something about it now. In a real way. With all the prestige, respect, and opportunity that a program like this needs.
From there they curated 3 days of 1 on 1 mentorship & master classes with incredible women - filmmakers, writers, producers, actresses, who share not only the top accolades in the industry - but friendships between them that have spanned over years . They opened this intimate circle to us - 7 women total with six distinct projects, stories and perspectives. Now we have a circle within that circle that will span over our careers as we lean on them and each other for advice and assistance.
That's what I'm talking about.
Now, I've never been one for cliques. I like to say you CAN sit with me. At the same time I have high expectations for the women & men I surround myself with. I'm persistent in my encouragement of whatever their desire and path is, and sometimes - unsolicited- I'll voice what I see as being possible for them. This is my Nostradamus inclination (we share the same birthday) and the women & men I break bread with most can count on me to be excited for them and actively supportive.
I'd like to think this past few days of feeling so welcome was some of my good karma kicking in.
Now it's time for me to live up to the expectations that have been handed my way, and this is a challenge I won't be backing down from.
& the lovely blog post about the entire program from Tribeca