Proud congratulations to all our JSFL Community represented at the NAACP Film Awards this year - both to our longtime Alumni and to new Alumni from this past January’s Feeling Lab! Congrats to Writer Tracy Oliver (Alumni '18) for “Girls Trip” winning Outstanding Motion Picture and for her Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture Nomination! Congrats to Writer/Director Dee Rees (Alumni ‘08) on several nominations for “Mudbound” - Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture! Congrats to Writer/Director Angela Robinson (Alumni ‘99, ‘16) on her Nomination for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture with “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women”! Congrats to Executive Producer Stephanie Allain Bray (Alumni '18) for “Dear White People” and its several nominations - Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series!
Shout out to Writer/Director Anna Marbrook (Alumni '17) for the success of her incredible story "A Waka Odyssey", a project that unified tribes, races, and ages. Check out her article in The New York Times!
Alumni Writer/Director Richard Press (Alumni ‘99, ‘04-06, ‘13) has teamed up with Executive Producer Joan Scheckel for the feature film “Farnsworth House”! Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal are set to star as the visionary architect Mies Van der Rohe and his brilliant client Edith Farnsworth. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on the film later this year!
Double congrats to Executive Producer/Writer/Director Tom Dolby (Alumni ‘17) set to Direct drama “The Artist’s Wife”. With Nebraska and Django Unchained star Bruce Dern, The Reader star Lena Olin and The Knick star Juliet Rylance. Keep an ear out for more!
Shout out to Sheva Carr (Alumni '09, '11, '15) for all her work raising gender equity awareness in the industry. As Co-Vice President of Pathways to Peace and CEO of HeartAmbassadors, Sheva spoke at the UN Film Panel in NYC this past March as she and others discussed gender equality leaders in film, media, and how to leverage media to highlight women and girls’ voices. Keep it up Sheva!
Shout out to Singer/Actress/Performer Dionne Lea (Alumni ‘17) for her triumphant show "The Way I am…Now", a journey through motherhood, middle age, and all of life's in-betweens. Her next performance in Los Angeles is in May 2018, click here for more info!