Woman Writer Wednesday: Lenora Inez Brown

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#WomenWritersWednesday is a docu-series that explores the inner lives of women writers. Writers discuss everything from inspiration to writing processes to inherited gifts.

Dramaturge and writer, Lenora Inez Brown shares why writing is horrible, the challenges for creators of color on the theatre, and what dramaturge do. Brown has published two books: The Art of Active Dramaturgy: Transforming Critical Thought into Dramatic Action, and,  New Play Development: Facilitating Creativity for Dramaturgs, Playwrights, and Everyone Else. She has also written several articles and chapters. She has been a guest dra­maturg for the Sundance Theatre Lab 2000 and 2001, the Southern Writer’s Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Youth and Family Program’s New Visons/New Voices and the Cleveland Play House.

 

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Flight

Keep24(Stephanie Fields, Flight)

“You want to fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down” – Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon) 

So it’s finally here! I started this project in September 2015; I had absolutely no idea where I was going with it and since its inception it has taken many twists and turns. Throughout it all–the crying, the hair pulling, the teeth decaying–I am proud to have finally completed my collection of short stories & present it to the world!

“Flight” is a multimedia collection of short stories that use photo, film, and written text to explore themes of escapism for black women. The collection features 4 short stories, films, and photosets.

I am very thankful to all of those who encouraged me through this process, it has truly been a transformative experience. I hope that you all enjoy and share; I would really like to know what you think.

Ok, enough sentiment, you can find–and follow–the collection by clicking this link HERE.

xoxo – Steph

P.S. there is MUCH more coming from me in the New Year!

“Why I Read” needs your support

I hope you all have enjoyed the first two segments of my “Why I Read” docu-series. It was truly a joy speaking with these women and hearing their stories about how reading has not only impacted them professionally, but personally.

I set out to create this documentary because I wanted to understand how we could change the way reading is perceived. What was once promoted as a fun and engaging act that stretched one’s imagination has become a laborious and even humiliating task for some. This docu-series is to examine what causes such harsh feelings toward reading.

As many of you may not know, I am a senior in college. I am majoring in English, and literacy has always been a strong passion of mine. I have worked as a mentor for young children throughout my college experience and they have all inspired me to search for ways to make reading more accessible and enjoyable. This docu-series is the first in that attempt.

Being a full-time college students who also juggles working to pay for housing as well as outrageously expensive textbooks ($200 for a French book) it has been financially challenging to secure all of the materials needed to make a visually appealing documentary. I was able to save and purchase a camera, but it is the lights and audio that help bring the visual aesthetic to life.

My plan is to present this docu-series in it’s entirety not only to the public, upon completion, but to the department of education. With this docu-series I hope to spark the conversation about how reading can be transitioned into something students regard with feelings of joy and wonder.

I created a gofundme to raise money for a light kit, a microphone, and a lens to help me bring a visually appealing narrative to life. If you are unable to donate, I hope that you will assist me in spreading the word about my attempt to help foster literacy and a love for reading in students across the globe.

You can find more information, as well as the first two segments by clicking HERE

Thank You,

Stephanie Fields

The Repass film needs your support

If you’re like me then you remember the first time you gazed upon the cinematic excellence of Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou; a film that told a story of family, memory, and truth while infused with the supernatural, colorful, other-worldly-ness that is that state of Louisiana.

For years I’ve been yearning for a film like Lemmon’s and by the synopsis of Repass, it sounds like that yearning may come to an end. According to the site, Repass is a:

Supernatural thriller seven-year-old Creole Marie must witness the turmoil that erupts between her parents, Marianne and Boden, as they desperately search for their son. The beautiful and delicate Marianna is a mother whose spiritual and personal beliefs are challenged as she tries to save her son in the wake of several tragedies, while Boden is a foreign citizen whose search through the city is halted by the politics of a community in chaos. 

This seven-year-old Marie connects with her Haitian Voodoo priestess Aunt to connect with the religion in order to find her brother.

The cast & crew of The Repass were awarded wonderful news when they were guaranteed a $3,000 investment if they could get 100 donations from others (of any dollar amount). On the film’s website one can review just how organized and serious this crew is about making this film.

Often times we complain about Hollywood not creating opportunities or representing people of color, but why wait for them when we have the power to bring what we want to see to the screen.

Check out The Repass and donate any amount that you can and help not only this crew and cast, but the catalog of films featuring people of color and a rich diverse history of our African Diaspora.

Watch trailer:

The Repass Official Trailer_1080p from Rae Shaw on Vimeo.

Donate to The Repass’s Indiegogo site 

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