TEA TALKS WITH TOMEKA Podcast celebrates women filmmakers, their journeys and their projects! I am you’re host Tomeka M. Winborne so let’s talk them… on every other Thursday! Music by Julius Ames. Please subscribe and listen to Tea Talks with Tomeka Podcast and leave a review.
Rachel Goldberg is an award-winning filmmaker who had her TV directing debut with AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT and recently directed on THE MAYANS. She has been supported by the Sundance/Women in Film Financing Initiative for her feature, TRANSFORMATION AWAITS, based on the short film, NEIGHBORS, starring Kelli Garner (SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE) and Edi Gathegi (TWILIGHT). NEIGHBORS was created through AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women. She also helmed the short film MUTED, about media discrepancy when a child of color goes missing, starring Chandra Wilson (GREY’S ANATOMY) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (SNEAKY PETE) which sold to HBO. She was selected for the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, the We for She Direct Her Program, FOX Global Directors Initiative, the AFI/FOX Studio Directors Initiative, Film Independent’s Project: Involve and the Ryan Murphy HALF Foundation. As a writer, Rachel has been recognized by the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship, Cinestory Foundation, Rhode Island International Film Festival and more. Rachel earned her MFA in Directing for Film and Theater from the California Institute of the Arts and her BA in Theater and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Coming Thursday, July 12, 2012
Writer, Director, Jan Reesman is a Jersey girl who relocated to New York City where she started her journey in the entertainment business as an actress. After doing lots of theater she started producing and directors. That’s where she discovered her love for directing.
Initially, Jan loved NY until she did a house swap with someone in LA. She hated it until she went onto a studio lot. Then she fell in love with it and relocated to LA.
Over the years, Jan played many roles such as a personal manager for writers and actors, taught acting and casting director to pay the bills while working on her career as a director. After three attempts, Jan got into American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women where she created her short film, “ESCAPING JERSEY” which inspired by her life.
Jan shares her journey to creating her new comedic web series, “Baby Boomer Bunnies” which has been selected to the Hoboken Film Festival. We talk about the state of women filmmakers in Hollywood and hiring women. Additionally, Jan gives amazing nuggets for actors and filmmakers relocating to Los Angeles.
We also talk about the (AWD) Alliance of Women Directors. She shares the growth and benefits of this 501 3c created to support education and advocacy for women directors in film, television, and new media. She was on the board of directors for 20 years. I also serve on the leadership team in Atlanta. It’s such a great organization for women directors.
Jan also shares her love for animals. She became an Animal Behavorist or Trainer. She worked with celebrities to train their dogs. After doing lots of volunteer work with animals. She now has a 5013c for animals with disabilities which is going to be called St. Felix. They help place cats in foster homes and help with the shelters.
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Tivia Lynnell, founder/chief creative officer at Tivoyage Entertainment, graduated from Virginia State University where she studied writing, television production, and radio production and served as an on-air personality/Media Specialist for the university’s radio station, 91.3 WVST. Her voice reached the ten surrounding cities of Petersburg, VA and for sure that’s one of the experiences where her voice-over talent was honed and would give her the confidence to tackle all the characters’ voice-over in her fantasy/adventure/brain-
Since learning and being trained in California, New York, and Virginia through workshops, classes, and courses in screenwriting, editing, directing, cinematography, and acting, she has steadily put her knowledge and skills acquired to use in various projects, “Bexley Snow and the Magic Orb” being the first project released from Tivoyage. Alongside learning from online tutorials and learning by creating visuals for herself and others, Lynnell is self-taught within Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. All of the animation and visual effects in “Bexley Snow and the Magic Orb” were created by Lynnell as well as the digital designs excluding those mentioned in the closing credits of the web series.
As she nears, what she hopes, is the last revision of her feature length screenplay and a first draft of another, her biggest most understood purpose is “a duty to create responsibly.” Following that, Lynnell said, “Sometimes I worry that I don’t know how that [creating responsibly] looks or what that means. At those worry filled moments, all I can do is pray and have faith that I will be lead in accomplishing my purpose. Once I have relinquished all worries to God, since I am human and a WIP (work-in-progress), I wind up repeating the above emotion or rather state of mind, but thankfully also the remedy—prayer and faith.”
Website:https://www.tivoyageent.com/bexleysnowandthemagicorb IG: https://www.instagram.com/tivoyage/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/tivialynnell IG: https://www.instagram.com/bexleysnow Twitter: twitter.com/BexleySnow_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tivoyage/
Melissa J Dixon shared her journey from being a childhood dancer to getting opportunities to dance professionally. After many years, while on stage performing she knew it was over and made the decision to go back to school. Listen to her amazing journey.
Following a successful career as a professional dancer/singer/actress performing and training others around the world, Melissa J. Dixon swapped her Capezios for stilettos and started a new journey, earning a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communications. She then earned a master’s degree in strategic public relations from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University
Since changing careers, she has worked in publications and communications for ESPN Outdoors/B.A.S.S., internal events and communications for Gaylord Palms/Marriott International Inc., global communications for UK-based Aurora Group, and is currently the project manager of sales communication at Scholastic Book Fairs.
In September 2015, she launched Ask the Entertainment Expert, a series of interviews with entertainment professionals from around the world intended to inform, inspire and empower up-and-coming performing artists. After taking a break to finish grad school, she recently relaunched her website.
She proudly serves on the committee for Atlanta-based Mission 4 Movement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to the promotion and celebration of dance, and to supporting those underserved in the arts community through mentoring, opportunities, resources and education. She also participates in/supports Lean In Atlanta, IABC Atlanta, PRSA Georgia Chapter, GWU’s Alumni book club, Buti Yoga, Faith & Flyness and The BOSS Network.
Ronnika “RJ” Williams is a documentary filmmaker and author. After the passing of RJ’s father she made her father 3 promises and she later fulfilled them.
RJ and her sister went to grief counseling. After going for a while, they recognized that they were the only people of color that was in their group counseling. That encouraged her to go on a journey to find out how the African American community dealt with grief and inspired “The Final 48 project.” The Final 48 project is a multimedia project.
After reaching a point of defeat, she attended the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University. During that time she was advised to insert herself into the project which allowed her project to flourish again.
RJ also talks about experience in archival management. During an internship they found an old slave burial ground. She also desires to be an archivist for film and television.
During our conversation, RJ gives really good advice about how she coped with her loss. She also explains how grief is a silent killer. Like after suffering a really bad burn accident and grieving for her father; she had to find a new normal.
RJ has a fundraiser going on to help continue the project.
Also, is the keynote speaker to Father’s Day 3D Brunch for the 3D Foundation (Daughter’s of Deceased
Website: www.final48.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Final48 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Final48Project
Tamika Lamison is the founder of the Make a Film Foundation.
Tamika Lamison won a $10,000 for a scriptwriting contest in the 90’s. She took her money and moved to Los Angeles. She then sold her first script for six figures but then found out the check was bad. She turned her lemons to lemonade by volunteering and teaching children film. Later, she used her passion for film and teaching for something much bigger. Tamika started a nonprofit, “Make a Film Foundation.” “Make a Film Foundation” grants severely or terminally ill children their wish to make a film. They have both a short film and a documentary program. Listen to this hilarious story of how Johnny Depp volunteered his time on one of the children’s film project ‘s in a day’s notice. Guillermo del Toro is looking to volunteer to direct on one of their “Make a Film Foundation.”
Although, Tamika continues to work and create her own work as a writer, director and producer, she truly feels that “Make a Film Foundation” is her greater purpose. Through “Make a Film Foundation” Tomeka is able to make these children, the parents and family have everlasting memories.
Tamika’s feature film, “Last Life” and MAFF’s “The Black Ghiandola” are currently in the film festival circuit. Tamika is on the writing team for Craig Ross Jr.’s new drama, “Monogamy” which is on the Urban Movie Channel. It looks good so check it out!
Website: www.makeafilmfoundation.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamika.lamison Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeafilmfoundation Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alchemist26 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Makeafilmfnd Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeafilmfoundation Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/baobabt
Shivawn Adrienne is a Screenwriter, filmmaker & a Creative. We discussed her journey of feeling like an outsider during the time she was in film school to get her MFA in screenwriting. Shivawn turned that negative into a positive by starting, “The Creative Outsiders.” She uses her platform to unite, educate and inspire women filmmakers so that they never feel like outsiders during their filmmaking journey.
Shivawn shares her different processes in writing a book and a screenplay. In addition to the value of the rewrites. We also talk about not comparing your journey to others. She expresses the need for creatives to practice self-care. Also the importance of looking after your friends in their low times. There should be no shame in us taking care of our mental health needs.
In addition to her company “The Creative Outsiders,” she started a podcast also entitled “The Creative Podcast. From the women that she has interviewed the most important lesson that she has learned, “Do the Work.” It is important to have a tribe. She shares how best friend and family continuously encourages her on her journey.
Philanthropy, social conscience, and creativity are key themes in Shivawn Adrienne’s life and career. The Virginia native and graduate of Norfolk State and Wilkes University (MFA in Screenwriting) wants to be remembered as a woman who left her mark. She’s the author of the book entitled Rewrite Your Story, founder of The Creative Outsiders.
She currently is in post-production with her short documentary, Lifting Crowns. Most recently Shivawn has worked as an assistant director and script supervisor on several award winning projects for the production company Kweli Legacy. She has been commissioned to adapt a screenplay for an author.
Her passion lies in encouraging other women to expand their platforms by motivating them to harness and execute their visions. She has developed and helped to implement the visual brand and identity of many women-owned businesses.
Website: https://thecreativeoutsiders.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecreativeoutsiders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecreativeoutsiders
Anthony Barrows grew up in the projects in Boston. He entered the foster care system at 14 years old. He talks about the challenges that most teenagers have as they enter foster care in addition to his journey from group homes to getting placed in a predominantly white neighborhood.
“Graffiti art saved my life,” said Anthony, although in the state of Massachusetts Graffiti is a felony. Yes, Anthony had been arrested several times but Anthony said being “Lucky” is the theme of his life. Although not having the best grades, Anthony graduated from high school. He didn’t have a plan so he decided to get a job but his foster mother and social worker intervened and made him go apply to the local college. Luckily, he got in.
After completing college, Anthony felt led to get a job as a social worker. He wanted to help kids that was much like him when he was younger. Over the years he’s worked to continue to advocate for foster youth. He later applied to get another Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Anthony Barrows is a Managing Director at the applied behavioral science firm ideas42 where he focuses on domestic poverty, local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement. Anthony previously worked over ten years in child welfare, spanning positions in direct service, supervision, training, advocacy, project management and system improvement. He is also a practicing artist and has led art classes and arts-oriented youth development programming. Anthony holds a BA in Philosophy and Art from University of Mass Boston, an MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.
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Melody is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster Care Unplugged. She is also an (APA) Applied Behavior Analyst for the state of New York.
After witnessing her father’s death in the 1980’s due to Aids, Melody and her siblings were placed into the foster care system. She shares the impact of her family witnessing that type of trauma. Additionally, Melody and her siblings are culturally Puerto Rican and Italian that grew up in a close Spanish section. It wasn’t an easy transition for them as they were placed in non Spanish homes.
At the age of 7, Melody was molested. During the investigation and therapy, she decided to become a therapist to teach therapist how to do their jobs. She found at an early age that the therapist didn’t know how to build a rapport with her trauma. She uses her skills as therapist to help the healing of youth that are in foster care.
Melody and her twin sister were hand picked out of 400 foster youth to get a scholarship from the American Dream Program. That program afforded them to be included in the 2% of foster youth to graduate from college. Had she and her sister not have gotten into this program, they would have been homeless due to aging out. Therefore, Melody is working on the “Financial Economic Empowerment” Bill in the state of NY to put money in a trust so that the youth have better opportunities to succeed.
She is also in the process of expanding Foster Care Unplugged to Los Angeles.
Website: FosterCareUnplugged.org Facebook: Fostercareunplugged Twitter: Fostercareunplugged Instagram: Fostercareunplugged
Episode 5: Homeschooling with Adrienne Ashby.
“Homeschooling is like our Wakanda.”
Attorney Adrienne Ashby shares her journey to making her decision to home school her children. During our conversation, Adrienne shares some factors that made her decide to homeschool her children. Additionally, she offers resources that will help those who are considering homeschooling.
Adrienne has a law degree from The University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has practiced law for 20 years. Adrienne is in her 6th year of homeschooling and is grateful for the freedom and responsibility of teaching her children at home. When she is not homeschooling or practicing law, she enjoys reading, yoga, and talking to friends over coffee.
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Desireé Sterling is the founder of a non-profit, “Becoming Families.” “Becoming Families” is having their 3rd Annual “Forever Homes Gala” on May 4, 2018 (6-9pm.) “AGED OUT” the movie will be screened at the gala to talk about youth who’s aged out of foster care. They will have other guest speakers, silent auction and much more. It will be a fun time that will make a difference. All proceeds benefits foster youth and foster parents.
Having seen the foster care system at work as foster child and now as a foster parent she knows the struggles and reasons behind the declining placement home numbers. Desireé desires to find more Forever Homes for children with a mission to Foster the Future.
Desireé holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, both from Westminster College, and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security from California University of Pennsylvania and she plans to attend Hampton University in the near
future to obtain a Doctoral Degree for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Lastly, Desireé teaches us how we can get involved with Becoming Families or other organizations near you that can make a difference.
You can learn more about Becoming Families at the links below:
Website: www.BecomingFamilies.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/BecomingFamilies/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/becomingfamilies/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BecomingFamilie
Daresha is an award winning writer, director and producer for film and TV. Daresha made her first film at the age of 16 years old. She casted actor, Isaiah Washington in one of her early narratives film projects. She has been in the industry for over 25 years. We spoke about her journey. Daresha expressed her honor to be gifted to tell such amazing stories such as “Chavela” and “Mama Bears” amongst the many others movies that she has made. She also produced segments on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
“I believe in the power of film to effect social change and I don’t limit myself to any particular style of genre. I move fluidly between film and television, comedy, drama and documentary in both Spanish an English.” Daresha Kyi
website: https://www.dareshakyi.com/ IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1407080/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daresha.kyi Twitter: https://twitter.com/Daresha11 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dareshakyi/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daresha-kyi-12a7091 https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mama-bears-documentary/x/18077839#/
Amalie Jahn is an USA TODAY best selling author, blogger for the Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine. Amalie is a TED SPEAKER on “Kindness.” She shared her approach to offering kindness on twitter and the interesting results. Amalie calls herself an ad hoc advocate but I beg the differ. Amalia works locally on human rights issues in her community to fight towards human rights issues. She works with her local “Black Lives Matter Movement”, Incarceration, voting rights issues and she donates her proceeds to various proceeds.
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Earnest Winborne is a 40 year veteran in the Television and Entertainment Industry. Earnest shares his journey of being a little boy with a dream to working the red carpets. Although, Earnest and I share the last name we only met a few years ago on Facebook. We are sure that we are related because our families derive from the same place. At eight years old, his grandmother’s friend took him to see “Bungles the Clown” and at that moment he knew that he wanted to be in TV. He drew a picture on the garage of stick figures with cameras. Earnest started his career at worked his way up from a number #56 network all the way to working on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Insider / Entertainment tonight just to name a few.The lessons nuggets that earnest shares as he tells his story is applicable to any industry that you’re working. “You got to be hungry,” Earnest Says.
Website: NoMoreDownLow.TV Twitter: @WinborneTV Instagram: @WinborneTV