What’s Happenin’ People :)

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post.  So much has been happening that I haven’t had time.  These last few months, actually the last two years have been amazing.  Things are happening in my life that I never imagined would happen.  As writers, we always dream about something big happening in our careers but we never really believe they will or can come true.  Well, things that I dreamed and didn’t dreamed are happening.  It’s crazy.

Let’s see.  Where do I start?  I guess with May 11th.  That is the day Water In A Broken Glass screened at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.  It was an amazing night.  Candiace Dillard, who plays Nikki, was there with her family.  Jamelle, my husband, Michael, and I were there.  Kirby Griffin, who shot the film came.  And Wes Hall, who plays Malcolm made it.  The audience loved the film.  They were laughing, fussing, and crying throughout the movie.  That let us know that the film hit all the right cords with them.

A few days later, The Washington Blade wrote a wonderful review about the film.  Check it out. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/12/bi-love-triangle-explored-in-water-movie/

Then on June 16th, Water screened at the Rapport Film Festival in London!  London y’all!  http://rapportfestival.com/movies-16-june-2018-water-in-a-broken-glass/

That was incredible.  We weren’t able to attend, but at around 11 am our time, we all started tweeting, posting, and texting about our film playing in London.

Then on July 14th, Water screened at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, NC.  Jamelle, Emi, the script supervisor for the film, Michael and myself attended.  The cast was not able to make it because they were busy with other projects.  But we represented for them.  Jamelle participated in a panel discussion on diversity in Hollywood.  Then we returned for the screening of Water.  And guess what!  We won Best Film.  That was so incredible.  We were not expecting that at all.  Check out the picture of us during the Q&A and see the surprised looks on our faces.  We were like, Tre, for real?

I want to thank Tre McGriff for selecting our film.  It is an incredible honor.  It means so much because I watched how hard the cast and crew worked on this film and for them to receive this award is awesome.  They truly deserve it.  And a special thank you goes to Eternity Phillips who told Tre about Water.  If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have even known about the film.

Congratulations Everyone!!!!

Booktrailer

 

 

On Saturday we filmed the booktralier for In The Mirror.  It was one of the most exciting and interesting things I have ever done.  I always watch the-making-of portion of movies, because I find it fascinating.  And thanks to Jamelle Thomas and her very talented crew, I was able to see it for myself.  Everyone was great, from my husband, who supports me in everything I do, to the cast and crew, who did everything in their power to make sure what I had in my head appears on screen.  So I’m going to give a big shoutout to Jamelle Thomas, Stefan LaToure, Jeremy Diamond, Alex Bryant, Steve Houk, Jenny Houk, Michael Marks, Lauren Smith, Chris Armstrong, Tia LaTrell, Dana Pryor, Lisa Jones, Joshua and my parents for making that day so incredible.  I couldn’t have done it without any of them.  I especially couldn’t have done it without my husband, Michael.  He’s been here for me since I was 12 years old.  I also want to thank Michael’s family for watching our children while he and I did this.  Now it’s onto making that booktrailer do its job.  That’s going to be fun too.

Book Trailer for In The Mirror

Soon, I will be shooting the book trailer for my upcoming book, In The Mirror.  A group of wonderful people have agreed to help me on this project.  The very talented Jamelle Thomas of Lodge Street Films in DC is the director.  Stefan LaToure, who directed Martina D. Evans’ spectacular, short independent film Three Weekends In June, is the DP.  The actors are veterans and newcomers.  Steve and Jennifer Houk are wonderful friends of mine, who not only agreed to appear in the book trailer, but are allowing us to shoot in their home.  Lauren Smith is a friend and co-worker.  She is also a model and actress.  Michael Marks is a very handsome model, who has appeared on the cover of several magazines.  Tia LaTrell is an actress who has appeared in several films.  And Chris Armstrong is the former receiver for the Baltimore Stallions.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with these wonderful people.  I know they will do a great job.  Everyone is excited.  It’s going to be a great shoot.  Thank you all for helping me do this.  With your help, In The Mirror will make it to the best sellers list!