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BLACK FILM SPACE PODCAST


Naima Ramos-Chapman - Screenwriter, Director, Actress

Season 2, Episode 8

We interview Naima Ramos-Chapman, a screenwriter, director and actress.

Naima has written, directed, and acted in episodes of 'Random Acts of Flyness', written on episodes of 'Betty' and is slated to direct the upcoming Showtime series 'How to Make Love to a Black Woman'.

We talk with Naima about subtext in filmmaking, what it was like working on 'Random Acts of Flyness', creating socially conscious work and much more.


Tiffanie Young - Senior Vice President, Rockshrimp Productions

Season 2, Episode 7

We interview Tiffanie Young, Senior Vice President at Rock Shrimp Productions. 

Tiffanie has years of experience as a production coordinator, production manager, line producer, executive in charge at various production companies and TV networks.

We talk with Tiffanie about starting and running a production company, how she navigated the industry as a black woman, taking responsibility as a leader, and much more.


Charlese Antoinette - Costume Designer & Stylist

Season 2, Episode 6

We interview Charlese Antoinette a professional costume designer and stylist.

Charlese has worked on See You Yesterday, Raising Dion, and Astronomy Club. 

We talk with Charlese about the different positions within the wardrobe department, the process of working with a director, color coordination, and much more.


Cylla Senii - Actor, Director, Producer

Season 2, Episode 5

We interview Cylla, an actor, director, and producer of multiple web series.

Her series Situationships is steaming on BET platforms and the series Wing Men and 161 Feet Under which she executive produced are streaming on I-One.

We talk with Cylla about wearing multiple hats at the same time, building a following, the state of web series in 2020, and much more. 


Langston Kerman - Stand up Comedian/Writer

Season 2, Episode 4

We interview Langston Kerman, a stand-up comedian, television writer, and actor.

Langston has appeared on Insecure, written for the Oscars and performed a half-hour stand up comedy special on Comedy Central.

We talk with Langston about his stand up comedy come up, performing in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles, as well as auditioning for TV shows, what he’s learned from writing in TV rooms, and much more. 


Maya Table - Music Video producer and Director 

Season 2, Episode 3

We interview Maya Table, a music video producer and director based in Atlanta. We talk with Maya about breaking in as a director and producer, the music video workflow, and starting a producing company.


Marissa Crespo - Entertainment and Business Law Attorney

Season 2, Episode 2

We interview Marissa Crespo, entertainment and business law attorney. We talk with Marissa about  LLC’s, multiple streams of income, and taking the leap of faith to pivot into your passions.


Eric Oliver - On Assistant Directing 

Season 2, Episode 1

We interview Eric Oliver, an assistant director who has worked on MixedishRaising Dion, and Being Mary Jane. We talk with Eric about the importance of assistant directors, the role of the 1st, 2nd and 2nd 2nd AD, the benefits of being in the directors guild and much more.


Michelle Clementine - On being an Assistant Camera

Season 1, Episode 23

We interview Michelle Clementine, an Assistant Camera, who has worked on 'If Beale Street Could Talk' and 'See You Yesterday'. We talk with Michelle about her journey to becoming an AC, how joining the union has improved her career, cameras and much more.


Ayo Hooks - On Sound Mixing

Season 1, Episode 22

We interview Ayo Hooks, a sound mixer who has worked on Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics and Men, Black Ink Crew, and Growing Up Hip Hop. We talk with Ayo about scouting a location for sound, negotiating wages, boom operating and much more.


Tari Wariebi & Kofi Dormah - On Film Schools

Season 1 - Episode 21

We interview Tari Wariebi and Kofi Dormah about their experiences and what they've learned at their respective film schools. Tari is currently a grad student studying directing at the American Film Institute and Kofi is a recent graduate, who studied directing, at the New York Film Academy.


Felicia Pride & Rochee Jeffrey - Writers on Writing Panel

Season 1 - Episode 20

We interview screenwriters Felicia Pride & Rochee Jeffrey from our Writers on Writing Panel at the New Orleans Film Festival. In this discussion Felicia and Rochee talk about their journey, screenwriting portfolios, getting an agent, their perspectives on the white gaze and much more. Please note that this recording is best listened to with headphones.


Terrence Laron Burke - On Cinematography For Television

Season 1 - Episode 19

We interview Terrence Laron Burke, a professional and independent cinematographer who has worked on Tyler Perry's Sistas and The Oval. We talk with Terrence about his experience working at Tyler Perry Studios, his work flow process with his team, cameras and much more.


Shannan E. Johnson - On Character Development

Season 1 - Episode 18

We interview Shannan E. Johnson, a former SYFY network executive turned professional script consultant.

We talk with Shannan about what makes bad people interesting characters, tips on character descriptions, wants and needs and much more. 


Justyn Davis - On Being a Gaffer

Season 1 - Episode 17

We interview Justyn Davis, a gaffer and electrician who has worked on projects such as Quantico, The First Wives Club, and BlacKkKlansman. We talk with Justyn about tips on becoming a gaffer, lighting black people, whether directors should understanding lighting and much more. 


Tamika Miller - On Directing Commercials

Season 1 - Episode 16

We interview Tamika Miller, a seasoned filmmaker, who has directed commercials for Nike, Lifetime, and Doritos. In 2018 Tamika was a Commercial Director's Diversity Program fellow, and she recently directed a BET movie entitled 'Back To The Goode Life' starring Kyla Pratt. We talk with Tamika about breaking into commercial directing, spec spots, branding and much more. 


Iyabo Boyd - On producing "For Akeem" and Brown Girls Doc Mafia

Season 1 - Episode 15

We interview Iyabo Boyd, filmmaker/producer and Co-f\Founder of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, a collective of self-identifying women of color who are creators in the documentary space. In this episode we discuss her successful documentary film "For Akeem" in light of the Ferguson uprising, and her advice on putting your best foot forward with crowdfunding and applying for writing programs at the Sundance Film Institute. 


Dara Taylor - On basics of film composition

Season 1 - Episode 14

We interview Dara Taylor, a film composer and score producer who has worked on films such as 'A Bad Mom's Christmas', 'Sausage Party', Netflix's 'Lost and Space', and 'SHAFT' (2019).

We talk with Dara about the basics of film composition, the process of composing a film score, and her path to finding consistent work in Hollywood.


Frank Abney - On basics of animation and working for a studio

Season 1 - Episode 13

We interview Frank Abney, a pixar animator who has who has worked on films such as 'Coco', 'Frozen', 'The Incredibles 2', 'Toy Story 4' and many more.

We talk with Frank about what it's like to work on a big budget animated film, the current state of black animators, and his independent short project entitled 'Canvas'.


DeMane Davis - Directing Queen Sugar & tips on directing actors

Season 1, Episode 12

We interview DeMane Davis, a writer and director who has directed episodes of 'Queen Sugar', 'How To Get Away with Murder', and CBS' 'The Red Line'.

DeMane talks about her journey from directing independent films to Queen Sugar, prepping for a television shoot, and developing trust with actors.


Hans Charles - Being a Cinematographer & Assistant camera

Season 1 - Episode 11

We interview Hans Charles. Hans is an acclaimed cinematographer who worked on the documentaries 13th and Mr. Soul. Prior to his cinematography work, Charles worked as an Assistant Camera for Bradford Young on Mother of George, Middle of Nowhere, and Pariah.

We talk to Hans about what makes a good assistant camera, a good cinematographer, and the differences between shooting a documentary and a narrative.

Follow Hans on Instagram.


Numa Perrier - on her movie Jezebel, crowdfunding and more

Season 1 - Episode 10

We interview Numa Perrier, an actress, writer, producer, and director - well-known for her original web series umbrella BLACK & SEXY TV which birthed viral series like The Couple, RoomieLoverFriends, and Hello Cupid. Her first feature film ‘Jezebel,’ was shown at SXSW this year - a coming-of-age project about a Las Vegas teen’s experience as a webcam sex worker. Perrier has also directed episodes of the Ava DuVernay-helmed ‘Queen Sugar’ on the OWN Network.

Follow Numa on Instagram


Kiaundra Jackson - Mental health in the entertainment industry

Season 1 - Episode 9

We interview Kiaundra Jackson, a Los Angeles based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Kiaundra has been seen on the CBS Emmy-Award Winning TV Show, “The Doctors.” She was recently featured in the New York Times, Vice, BET and The Huffington Post as one of the ‘10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know.’ She is an international speaker, 3 times author, and a noted expert on healthy relationship and mental health.

We talk with Kiaundra about mental health and relationships as it pertains to the navigating the entertainment industry.

Follow Kiaundra on Instagram


Anedra Edwards (Assistant Editing on Black Lightning & Crashing)

Season 1 - Episode 8

We interview Anedra Edwards. Anedra is a Visual Effects Assistant Editor on the CW's Black Lightning and was an 'Assistant Editor' on HBO's Crashing.

We talk with Anedra about what a day in the life is like in the editorial room, whether or not editors need agents, the difference between editing a super hero show and much more.


Zandashe Brown (Horror, mysticism, and being a New Orleans filmmaker)

Season 1 - Episode 7 

We interview Zandashe Brown, an award-winning genre filmmaker born and bred in Lousiana. Brown writes and directs stories primarily within the horror genre that showcase her perspective on identity, spirituality, and healing for black women in the American south.

Her latest short film 'Blood Runs Down' has won multiple awards including being an official Black Star Film festival selection, Overlook film festival selection and many more.

We talk with Zandashe about incorporating mysticism into horror, why she believes it's important for audiences to root for black people, and the perks of being a filmmaker in New Orleans. 

Follow Zandashe on Instagram


Angela Nissel - Comedy Writing For Television

Season 1 - Episode 6

In the sixth episode of Season 1 of the Black Film Space, we interview Angela Nissel, a writer and co-executive producer for television. Angela has written and co-executive produced for ScrubsThe Boondocks and is currently staffed at The Last O.G.

We talk with Angela about navigating a comedy writers room and her experience as one of the few black women in a space dominated by men.

Follow Angela at twitter.com/angelanissel


Eugee Wilson - Talent Producing & Directing

Season 1 - Episode 5

In the fifth episode of Season 1 of the Black Film Space, we interview Eugee Wilson talent producer and director. Eugee has worked and consulted with BET, The Emmy's, and CBS's new primetime talent competition show 'The World's Best'. 

Follow Eugee on Instagram @iameugee


Kyle A.B. - Tips on entertainment law for actors & filmmakers

Season 1 - Episode 4

In our fourth episode of Season 1 of the Black Film Space, we interview Kyle A.B. entertainment lawyer about the basics of entertainment law and why he believes some black creatives short themselves at the negotiating table. 

Follow Kyle on Twitter @kyalbr.


New Orleans Film Festival Recap w/ Tchaiko Omawale & Lynn Whitfield

Season 1 - Episode 3

In our third episode of Season 1 of the the Black Film Space podcast, we recap our experience at the New Orleans Film Festival including a live Q & A with Tchaiko Omawale and Lynn Whitfield from the film Solace. Tchaiko and Lynn detail their experience of how the film came about. 


Paul Garnes - Basics of Line Producing

Season 1 - Episode 2

In our second episode of Season 1 of the Black Film Space Podcast, we sit down with Paul Garnes (Queen Sugar, Selma) to discuss how he broke through as a line producer and the basics of producing films and episodic content.


Adepero Oduye - Tips on acting & directing

Season 1  - Episode 1

In our first episode of Season 1 of the the Black Film Space podcast, we sit down with Adepero Oduye to discuss navigating Hollywood as a black woman and her transition into directing.

Recorded at Comic Strip Live in New York, NY.

Follow Adepero on instagram @crownpeace.


Shannan E. Johnson - Pitching 

Shannan E. Johnson - Pitching

Shannan E. Johnson, former SyFY network executive turned script consultant, discusses how to pitch to a room of executives and handling constructive criticism for your script.

Recorded at Comic Strip Live in New York, NY.

Follow Shannan at awriterforyourwriter.comFacebook and Instagram


Radha Blank - Television Writing

Radha Blank - Television Writing

Radha Blank, a writer for Empire and She's Gotta Have It, details the ins and outs of television writing.

Recorded at Comic Strip Live in New York, NY.

Follow Radha on Instagram


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