A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.
Tina Gordon Chism and Stephanie Allain
It’s always exciting to see another female director and producer duo on the scene. Writer/director Tina Gordon Chism and producer Stephanie Allain are the dream team behind the comedy “Peeples” starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson (now in theaters). Chism is the writer behind “ATL” and “Drumline”; “Peeples” is her directorial debut. In between producing independent films, Allain is also the director of the LA Film Festival. The next collaboration for these ladies will be “Inheritance”, a New Orleans thriller script sold to Sony in April.
I first met Erin when both of our short films screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011. This week at the Lincoln Center you can catch “The Girls In the Band”, a documentary she was an associate producer for. She’s also gearing up for her next short ” Kepler X-47″ as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. Definitely one to watch, folks!
Debbie Tucker Green
Celluloid sisters are doing big things across the pond too. Shadow & Act announced last week that Tucker Green’s first narrative feature “Second Coming” has received financial support from British Film Institute’s Film Fund. The latest project from the award-winning playwright and TV writer is a drama that follows a London family. Actor Idris Elba is set to star.
Flora Lau’s “Bends” is competing in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Not too shabby a place to premiere your first feature! The film tells the story of an unexpected friendship between a wealthy wife and her chauffeur. “Bends” was supported by Hong Kong’s Film Development Fund.
Puenzo’s latest film “Wakolda“ is also screening in Un Certain Regard. The project is an adaptation of her novel about a mysterious German man who meets an Argentinean family.