Setting up a shot with my cinematographer, Antar Hanif, on the set of City In the Sea.
It takes balls to make it in this industry. No, really. It’s a man’s world. I tried to find an an African-American Woman who is an established, independent filmmaker; someone I could emulate. If anyone knows of any, please email me and let me know. (MissDixon@msn.com) I found NONE. (Check out this list of Top Ten that The Script Lab put together: http://bit.ly/aoC8Hg) UPDATE: I discovered the writer-director Tina Mabry, through Film Independent, and her film Mississippi Damned! Check out her film’s website here: http://bit.ly/beLrPD
Thank God I don’t give a f*@k. I arrived in Los Angeles over five years ago and started making films, and I was promptly shown the glass ceiling. And, people have been actively or passively sabotaging my efforts ever since. But, no matter how difficult this is, I’m determined to establish consistency, longevity, and relevancy in my creative endeavors.
I am inspired by another female artist working toward a similar goal in the music industry, Janelle Monae. “I’m trying to find my peace. I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me. And it hurts my heart. Lord have mercy, ain’t it plain to see? This is a cold war. You better know what you’re fighting for. This is a cold war. Do you know what you’re fighting for?” ~”Cold War”, The ArchAndroid