Fall Film Challenge

Meet The Filmmakers

The WOCF Anniversary Gala Live Broadcast will air 11/19/22 at 6 pm PST

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Catherine Mwitta is a part-time Journalist and Creative Writing Major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. While she isn't studying for finals, she’s constantly posting on her blog theaquilla.com and volunteers at local Vancouver literary magazines. She has short stories published in Quarantine Reviews, Random Photo Journal, and Otis Nebula. She likewise has bylines at Stir Vancouver, RoyalTee Magazine, SAD Mag and Malahat Review.

Catherine - WIP

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Louisa Kendrick Burton earned a bachelor’s Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, work on and off Broadway, national tours, regional tours, Rock & Roll tours and a stint as a world famous Radio City Rockette. After moving to Los Angeles, she traded in her dancing shoes for screenwriting, immersing herself in workshops and free production work to catch up to her film school attending counterparts. She wrote, produced, and starred in a short film that was accepted into 5 film festivals across the US and even won Best Comedy. As a new Director Louisa looks to explore social issues from the perspective of motherhood. 

Louisa - Funeral Road Trip

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Cynthia Garcia Williams discovered her deep passion for storytelling in the form of screenwriting, and ever since, her stories have been written to empower and celebrate the human experience and spirit. Cynthia weaves magic into her stories and characters by using her rich, familial heritage, ancestral faith, and generational resilience. In 2021, Cynthia made her directorial debut with “Dukkha”, a film she created as a   mentee in the Women of Color Filmmakers Directors Lab. Dukkha is based on her journey to sobriety. The film is now making its way through the festival circuit, and has won several awards, including the Community Filmmaker Award, which granted her $2500 in future production credit.

Cynthia Garcia Williams discovered her deep passion for storytelling in the form of screenwriting, and ever since, her stories have been written to empower and celebrate the human experience and spirit. Cynthia weaves magic into her stories and characters by using her rich, familial heritage, ancestral faith, and generational resilience. In 2021, Cynthia made her directorial debut with “Dukkha”, a film she created as a   mentee in the Women of Color Filmmakers Directors Lab. Dukkha is based on her journey to sobriety. The film is now making its way through the festival circuit, and has won several awards, including the Community Filmmaker Award, which granted her $2500 in future production credit.

Cynthia Garcia Williams discovered her deep passion for storytelling in the form of screenwriting, and ever since, her stories have been written to empower and celebrate the human experience and spirit. Cynthia weaves magic into her stories and characters by using her rich, familial heritage, ancestral faith, and generational resilience. In 2021, Cynthia made her directorial debut with “Dukkha”, a film she created as a   mentee in the Women of Color Filmmakers Directors Lab. Dukkha is based on her journey to sobriety. The film is now making its way through the festival circuit, and has won several awards, including the Community Filmmaker Award, which granted her $2500 in future production credit.

Cynthia Garcia Williams discovered her deep passion for storytelling in the form of screenwriting, and ever since, her stories have been written to empower and celebrate the human experience and spirit. Cynthia weaves magic into her stories and characters by using her rich, familial heritage, ancestral faith, and generational resilience. In 2021, Cynthia made her directorial debut with “Dukkha”, a film she created as a   mentee in the Women of Color Filmmakers Directors Lab. Dukkha is based on her journey to sobriety. The film is now making its way through the festival circuit, and has won several awards, including the Community Filmmaker Award, which granted her $2500 in future production credit.

Cyndi - The Bible Thumper & The Bruja

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Darshell Sanderfer has written and Directed the Webseries Mate in Waiting, and Co-Written and Co-Directed several short films. She also directed and produced the 8 part series, live social media broadcast “Let’s talk about Diabetes”. Darshell has a certificate from the 10 month Writing for Television Professional Program from UCLA. Completed scripts include two one hour drama television pilots, 2 half hour comedy pilots, and one spec script. Telling stories that highlight hardships leading to victories is Darshell’s strength. Her work and interests include the Genre’s of Drama, Comedy, Dramedy, Romantic Comedies, Documentaries, and Christian Faith Based.

Darshell - Snapped

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Gloria Brown developed a love for writing, care and entertainment at a young age. She began by writing poetry and raps and sharing them with her family. After receiving a degree in healthcare, it didn’t take long for her to realize her passion for writing and storytelling still remained. Recently, Glo decided to pursue that passion in the form of scriptwriting with aspirations that the
significance within her stories will help to ignite change within the culture.

Gloria Brown developed a love for writing, care and entertainment at a young age. She began by writing poetry and raps and sharing them with her family. After receiving a degree in healthcare, it didn’t take long for her to realize her passion for writing and storytelling still remained. Recently, Glo decided to pursue that passion in the form of scriptwriting with aspirations that the
significance within her stories will help to ignite change within the culture.

Glo - Consensus

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Nakita Joseph is proud to have written serieses, shorts, and features that are in various stages, as well as direct her work. She enjoys storytelling through a queer Black feminist lens. Black Jews are centered in her stories, but their experiences are universal to everyone. Nakita writes about joy, love, family, community, non-linear healing, trauma, grief, loss, and mental illness. 

Nakita - Real Sad Gyal Tings - TheraSEE

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Chan C. Smith an Emmy-nominated multi-platform filmmaker and content creator. She is a Director, Director of Photography, and Photographer. Her work includes narrative filmmaking, documentary, editorial and branded content. Chan has created content for brands such as Nike Chicago, Parents Magazine, the NBA, and the Biden/Harris campaign. She is committed to exploring unique methods of storytelling, from the inception phase to final deliverables. is passionate about telling stories that are centered around the human experience in an effort to inspire, inform, and invigorate the masses. She can pivot from being a one “Chan” band to directing vast stories with her trusted ensemble.

Chan - Her Voice

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The WOCF Anniversary Gala Live Broadcast will air 11/19/22 at 6 pm PST