In LITTLE SALLIE WALKER, Black women recount how they dare to create a magical world of play as Black girls. They build a joyous sanctuary for themselves through hand and circle games, double-dutch, dress-up, dolls, and jacks. But the wonder of playtime will end prematurely. In a hostile America, they must prepare for the stresses of anti-blackness, gender discrimination, and economic insecurities like their mothers and their mothers before them. The feature film is a lyrical reminder that there is nothing ordinary about an everyday ritual like play.
Filmaker: Marta Effinger-Crichlow
Mentor: Sabrina S. Gordon
SOUTHMONT DRIVE is a limited docuseries reflecting on the legacy of a Black family from Tuskegee, AL, centered on Ashley O’Shay’s late grandfather and the 17 children he raised. By traveling back in time, this docu-series acts to reimagine a future, free of generational trauma in reckoning with a past rarely mentioned at the family dinner table.
Filmmakers: Ashley O’Shay & Resita Cox
Mentor: Chris Hastings
Hiding In Plain Sight
Jackie Shane is considered one of the greatest unsung soul singers of the 1960s. To the transgender community, she is a groundbreaker, boldly living on- and off-stage as a woman at a time when just dressing as the opposite gender was illegal. When the struggle became too much, she vanished, until one fan helped her record her story before she died.
Filmmakers: Lucina Fisher & Shan Shan Tam
Mentor: Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich
The Untitled Baltimore Documentary
In Baltimore, Brandon Scott, a young visionary leader, captures the hopes of Baltimoreans when running for mayor, promoting a progressive platform to lower rates of gun violence and reform a troubled police department. After winning the election, we follow Brandon throughout his first year in office.
Filmmaker: Dawne Langford
Mentors: Michael Premo & Rachel Falcone
Normal Never Worked
NORMAL NEVER WORKED explores a crossroads we face in education. It is the story of single mother Soraya Sélène, as she travels throughout America, reimagining education in the disruptive moment of the COVID pandemic and providing experiential learning to her 6-year-old twins, Kaia and Diego, while seeking answers to family mysteries and healing childhood trauma. As Soraya communes with families at similar crossroads, models for decolonized learning emerge.
Filmmaker: Soraya Selene & Cat Deakins
Mentor: Angela Tucker
Rachel Falcone is one of the co-founders of Storyline. She is a documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. Together, with Storyline co-founder Michael Premo, they’ve produced the film/exhibit Water Warriors (POV), the participatory documentary Sandy Storyline (Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival) and the multiplatform exhibit 28th Amendment: Housing is a Human Right. Rachel has produced content with StoryCorps and EarSay, Inc., and was an associate producer on Incite Picture’s Young Lakota (Independent Lens). She has directed dozens of short films for AFSCME and The John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has taught oral history and storytelling in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and Parsons The New School for Design. She is also a sound recordist for film and radio, including most recently Knock Down The House (Netflix).
Sabrina Scmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and impact strategist from NYC. Her editing debut won an Emmy for WGBH’s Greater Boston Arts series and she has continued to distinguish herself as a producer, editor, and director. Sabrina was selected for the prestigious Women at Sundance Fellowship, and her latest film, QUEST, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim on the festival circuit and beyond, including selection as a New York Times Critic’s Pick, a Rolling Stone Top 10 documentary of the year, and an Independent Spirit Awards nominee for Best Documentary. Sabrina co-directed, co-produced, and edited BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a 2017 Emmy nominee for Outstanding Culture & Arts documentary, and winner of the Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color Award at the African Diaspora International Film Festival. Other credits include DOCUMENTED, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, The New Black, and Wilhemina’s War.
Sabrina S. Gordon
Chris Hastings Passion for television began at age 10, when he produced a news show for his elementary school. His career started as a founding member of the development and production team for the award-winning BET Tonight and later worked at WGBH on Zoom and the WGBH Lab. Hastings joined WGBH In 2011, where he currently serves as executive producer and editorial manager of content. Chris is committed to developing a diverse pool of filmmakers and storytellers, and is a regular collaborator with Black Public Media.
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich is a filmmaker and artist who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has screened all over the world including at the 2022 La Biennale di Venezia, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. Her films have been awarded special jury prize for best experimental film at Blackstar Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival. She was named on Filmmaker Magazine’s 2020 “25 New Faces of Independent Cinema List” and is the recipient of a 2022 Creative Capitol Award, a 2020 San Francisco Film Society Rainin Grant, a 2019 Rema Hort Mann Award, a 2019 UNDO fellowship and grant, and a 2014 Princess Grace Award in film.
Michael Premo is one of the co-founders of Storyline. He is an artist, journalist, and filmmaker who has created original film, radio, and theater with companies including The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, and the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps. Together, with co-founder Rachel Falcone, they’ve produced the film/exhibit Water Warriors (POV), the participatory documentary Sandy Storyline (Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival) and the multiplatform exhibit 28th Amendment: Housing is a Human Right. Michael’s recent projects include the PBS series Veterans Coming Home. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, A Blade of Grass Artist Files Fellowship, and a NYSCA Individual Artist Award. He is a trustee with A Blade of Grass and A Center for Story-Based Strategy.
Angela Tucker is an Emmy and Webby Award winning director, writer and producer who makes nonfiction and fiction films. Her most recent directorial projects include The Trees Remember, a series in collaboration with Rei Co-Op Studios and A New Orleans Noel, an upcoming Lifetime holiday film starring Keisha Knight Pulliam and Patti LaBelle.
Past work includes “All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk”, a documentary short which aired on PBS’ Reel South; All Styles, a dance narrative feature available on Showtime. “Black Folk Don’t”, a documentary web series featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”, and “(A)sexual”, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu. She was a producer of “Belly of the Beast” (dir. Erika Cohn) which broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens and was a NY Times Critics’ Pick.
As founder of TuckerGurl Inc, a boutique production company in New Orleans, Angela is passionate about stories that highlight underrepresented communities in unconventional ways. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University. She is represented by Corrine Aquino and Haley Jones at Artists First.