WOCF FILM LAB
The films screening on Day 1 were created in the WOCF Film Lab. The Lab was designed to stimulate cinematic film development through mentorship and various classes and workshops.
Each of the participants had to write a short film based on their interpretation of the word "PLETHORA." They were then mentored through script development, pre-production, production, and post-production by industry professionals.
Through dystopian existences, beauty crazes, and sicknesses, these shorts prove a deluge of love will conquer any circumstance.
Dawn Reavis started her filmmaking journey more than 25 years ago when she took a job as a news reporter in Greenville, NC. She left television news to raise her children and started writing screenplays when she could find the time. When COVID hit, she took isolation as a chance to reset and get back to what she loves “storytelling”. Dawn wrote, produced, and played a lead role in The Birthday Club, a story about women involved in pyramid scheme. Her film "All For You" is her directorial debut.
Dawn – All For You
Dionne Wynn is an award nominated makeup artist in Hollywood, with more than 50 films and Tv shows, and over 10,000 filming hours in her tenure. As
an emerging Writer, Producer and Director; A Wynning Production, LLC
is conceived. Dionne wants to apply her experiences and relationships to not only bring storytelling to screen, she also wants to create paid internships and hire female, trans , non-binary and of color production positions in front of and behind the camera. "Lashing Out" is Dionne's directorial debut
Dionne – Lashing Out
April Guscott is a queer Caribbean-American writer from and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Raised by immigrant parents, her work examines the nature of multiple dueling cultural identities, the concept of home, and what aspects of self we inherit and acquire. With the assistance of science fiction and horror genres, what she finds to be natural settings for minority stories, she champions black queer femme visibility, and representations of non-American Blackness in her narrative storytelling. Her film "At The Threshold" is her directorial debut.
April – At The Threshold
Into The Darkness
These films display the deadly results of what can happen when we are governed by curiosity, obsession, and compulsion.
Patrecia Moore started her journey into filmmaking with the LA IFS Film Festival Audience Award Winning independent feature film, The Sovereign, where she was an extra that also worked as an art department PA. In addition to working on multiple music videos and short films as set wardrobe, Patrecia went on to be credited as hair stylist & makeup artist for the short film titled Coffee With BaBa and set costumer for the short film Full Tilt Boogie. Her film "Rapture" is her directorial debut.
PAtrecia - rapture
Kelli Lightfoot Kelli Lightfoot is a writer, screenwriter, and newly minted filmmaker based out of the Washington, DC area. She hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the psychological thriller and horror genres. Her film "Spare Parts" is her directorial debut.
Kelli – Spare Parts
Britt Morton attended the University of Baltimore, graduating with a B.S. in Marketing. In August of 2020, Britt decided to leave her corporate job and become a full-time artist. She has since found a great role with Women in Film and Video DC and also works as an Assistant Production Manager for Video Action Inc, a small production company in DC that focuses primarily on documentary-style social justice filmmaking. Her film "Kifo" is her directorial debut.
Britt – Kifo
Inner turmoil, denial and self acceptance, these films encourage us to love ourselves first and not to give in to the multitude of heartache life throws at us.
Josclyn Remar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English Literature from Rutgers University. After building a lucrative career providing audience insights and strategic advisory services to help guide story development for some of the world's largest content creators, from Universal Studios and Sony Pictures to Paramount, Josclyn's passion for
storytelling grew deeper, prompting her to create her own content.
Josclyn completed the Upright Citizens Brigade Sketch Comedy Writing Program, a launching pad for writing and showcasing several sketches at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. She is also an alumna of the Vancouver Film School Summer Intensive Film Production program, where she directed her first satirical short film, One Size Doesn't Fit All.
Josclyn - one Fine Day
Sienna Serrano is a Mexican-American filmmaker and choreographer who explores her Latin culture and San Gabriel Valley roots through film and theatre. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, Sienna has worked with companies such as NALIP, Sporas, Cine Sony, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and The National Women’s Theatre. Currently, Sienna’s first documentary short film, “A Bear-Able Life” is making its way in the festival circuit and has won the award of Best Documentary Short Film at its debut at the Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival. Her film "Call Your Mom" is her first narrative short.
Sienna- Call Your Mom
Nitashia Johnson is a multimedia artist and educator. She is a proud alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Texas Woman's University (BFA), and the Rhode Island School of Design (MAT). Currently, she work as a Digital Media Specialist in the university setting and as a freelance creative arts educator, photographer, videographer, and designer. Her passion lies in using my creative talents to make a positive difference in the world. Her film "This or That" is her directorial debut.
Nitashia - This or THat
Faviola Gonzalez is a film editor, director and producer with a background in youth art focused nonprofit organizations. Faviola enjoys that editing provides the opportunity to be both technical and creative and welcomes challenges with zeal. She is currently supporting independent projects in this capacity and is in development to producer, direct and edit a short docuseries. Her film "Last One" is her directorial debut.