Introducing the Selected Fellows for The Black Producers Fellowship

February 18, 2021

We’re delighted to introduce the six selected producers for the inaugural Black TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship! The fellowship awards a $25K production grant to each of the six emerging producers  so that they can develop, produce, and deliver short narrative films inspired by the Black experience of education in America.

Carlos Barrow is a Barbadian film producer and director who holds a BS in Film Production from Full Sail University and is set to graduate with an MFA in Film from Howard University.

Can I Help You? – When unfairly questioned by a white teacher, AP Bio student Keisha receives the unsolicited advice of her ancestors. Produced by Carlos Barrow, Directed by Desirae Lee, and Written by Kevin Johnson.

Bethel Dixon is a writer/producer focused on authentic and moving stories centered upon the lives of people of color around the globe.

Here – Eleven-year-old Meskerem, with the help of her immigrant Ethiopian family, finds the courage to act bravely when confronted with cultural bias. Produced/Written by Bethel Dixon, Directed by James Anthony.

Monique Hazeur is a Brooklyn-based writer and producer originally hailing from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Her feature script, Patron Saint of Black Girls, was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

I Won The Lottery – A documentary crew chronicles the cut-throat world of Brooklyn parents vying for spots at the prestigious MLK Only Hope Charter School. Produced/Co-Written by Monique Hazeur, Co-Written/Directed by Jenn Shaw.

Gem Little is a creative entrepreneur, activist, and emerging writer/producer who is currently completing an MFA in Producing at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

Pens & Pencils – Mallory Johnson finds herself on a surreal wild-goose chase to find the missing student that no one else seems to miss. Produced/Written by Gem Little, Directed by Gia-Rayne B. Harris.

Akima A. Brown​ is a writer, producer, and casting professional best known for A Haunting on Discovery Network; In-Lawfully Yours streaming on Netflix, and the short-form, festival favorites Orange Morning and Kids & Couture.

The Champion – When second-grader Jacob begins to exhibit unusual behaviors in school, his mother takes on an unrelenting fight for answers. Produced/Written by Akima A. Brown, Directed by Tonya McCornell.

Craig T. Williams is a New York City-based writer and producer whose award-winning script Hanging By A Thread has Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attached as Executive Producers.

The Patient – A sick mother escapes the hospital for a precarious journey to her son’s graduation. Produced by Craig T. Williams, Written/Directed by Yucef Mayes.

For more information, read the Deadline article here.