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Ep. 38 Latasha Kennedy : Screenwriter
Latasha Kennedy is a screenwriter, producer, actress, and director. Currently through her production company, LMK Entertainment Group, Latasha creates family-oriented content that esteems young women of color on the rise and young families raising next generation leaders.
Latasha is extremely interested in telling stories that highlight African American culture in a way that is authentic, enriching, empowering and entertaining. Her short film, One Last Goodbye, a story that explores the impact that suicide has on families left behind, is currently in post and expected to begin screening publicly in November 2018. In 2015, she produced a short film called, Meltdown, a comedic tale about a young, quirky new mom struggling to find her waistline after giving birth. Latasha went on to write the spin-off series called She's Such a Mom. The semi-autobiographical, comedic series explores a young woman's journey while living in Brooklyn, NY and struggling to balance marriage, motherhood, and her career. The series explores what it means to "have it all", women in the workplace, and the superwoman complex. In 2016, the pilot became a semi-finalist in the Sundance | YouTube Episodic Lab and will begin production in early 2019.
Ep. 37 Marissa A. Crespo : Entertainment Lawyer
Marissa has cumulatively over 7 years of experience working in the business and legal fields of the entertainment industry, including working for SAG-AFTRA, one of the largest entertainment unions. She has assisted clients in negotiating co-production agreements with major networks, and assisted clients in the areas of trademark prosecution, copyright registration and enforcement, IP licensing deals, incorporation of production companies, talent management firms, and agencies. She has represented screenwriters, production companies, and management firms in a myriad of commercial deals, and has provided General Counsel services to several start-up companies.
On This Episode
Black-ish Case: A lesson in protecting your rights under a writer collaboration agreement
Where filmmakers are blowing it with contracts.
Agents verses Attorney
Can I afford a lawyer?
Immigration & Entertainment
The Union side of entertainment
Registering through the WGA what does that mean for my rights.
Book she is reading? Hollywood Reporter, Variety
What is she watching? This is Us
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Ep. 36 Paulina Lagudi - Director
After graduating Chapman University, Paulina moved to Los Angeles to pursue her filmmaking endeavors. Aware of the extremely small percentage of female filmmakers working in Hollywood, Paulina decided this was the perfect opportunity to create her own films. She’s always felt comfortable being the underdog. Paulina launched her production company Jax Productions, named after her first rescue dog, in 2015 when she was directing branded content and commercial spots for startup food brands and 5 star resorts.
In 2017, Paulina wrote and directed her first feature film “Mail Order Monster”, a female driven, blended family positive, bully sympathetic, sci-fi / family drama. Frustrated by the current, liveaction family films being made that painted life in black and what, Paulina sought to make a film about the gray, something today’ families can relate to. Due to the dark, mature content of her short films, Paulina never thought her directorial feature film debut would be one involving kids and a monster, but the universe has a sense of humor.
On This Episode:
Proof of Concept.
Be strategic, working backwards.
Creative process as a director?
Juggling the producer and director role.
Filming her first narratives, and mishaps.
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Ep. 35 - Sade Clacken Joseph - Director
Sadé Clacken Joseph is a Caribbean-American filmmaker, photographer and singer-songwriter from the Bronx, NY.
Sadé began making short films and writing songs on piano in high school, and has been in love with telling stories ever since. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2011, she joined the production team for the ABC talkshow The View. After four years on the show, and freelancing as a documentarian, she decided to fully pursue her dreams of being a filmmaker and recently received her MFA in Film Production from USC's prestigious School of Cinematic Arts.
From the Hebron Hills of Palestine, to the streets of South Central, the content she creates showcases diverse voices from all reaches of the globe. Through directing, writing, shooting, editing and producing, her portfolio extends across multiple forms of media. Whether it is music videos, documentaries, narrative films or promotional content, her vision, voice and sensitivity to socially conscious filmmaking shines brightly in her work .
On This Episode we Cover:
Going from a Degree in Anthropology to working at the View
How is she getting hired?
Her project HATS
Her Creative Process
Ep. 34 - Kristina Thomas : Director, Writer, & Script Coordinator
Kristina Thomas is full force directing machine. She started filmmaking in college and mentored under Haile Gerima; learning the ins-and-outs of the film business. It later helped her show her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to an opportunity to direct a pilot show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pilot centered on three young people, between the ages of 19-24, making a difference to help rebuild New Orleans. Kristina has worked as a Script Coordinator on Being Mary Jane, New Edition Story, Greenleaf and currently Lovecraft Country. Kristina hopes to one day become an influential and acclaimed filmmaker/writer in history.
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Ep. 33 - Arkeisha Roberts : Screenwriter & Director
Arkeisha Roberts graduated in 2004 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts with a focus in acting, directing, and playwriting. After graduation, Arkeisha immediately went to Los Angeles where she remained for three years screenwriting and acting. She moved to New York where she wrote screenplays for Lance Rivera aka “UN” who is the main director for Queen Latifah’s company. He connected her with many celebrities to write for including Irv Gotti, Katt Williams, Charlie Murphy, Faizon Love, Wendy Williams, Russell Simmons adopted son (Cavalli), and many more. While in New York, Arkeisha also continued to act in independent films. In 2014 Michael Copon contacted her to write Worth the Price. Then in 2015, Copon asked her to write the TV series Dystopia and to be script supervisor for the filming of all ten episodes. It was then, she decided to move from New York to her hometown Virginia to continue her dreams writing screenplays for Michael Copon as well as helping build up his film company.
Since settling in Virginia Beach, she has worked on several feature films in the area with million dollar budgets and independent films/tv production with positions such as 2nd Assistant Director, production assistant, script supervisor, and art director. She produced a play she wrote and showed it at the Sandler Center that included opera singing, puppets, and salsa dancing. She is working on converting a N.Y. times best seller into a screenplay, that she intends to produce along with another original screenplay.
On This Episode:
Finding your voice as a writer, director.
Life lessons as a creative.
Charging your worth.
Creating in Virginia and finding your community wherever you live.
Finding your agent.
Balancing so many hats as a creative.
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