Black, Indigenous, POC Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab

by Community Partners for Justice for My Sister
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Black, Indigenous, POC Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab
Black, Indigenous, POC Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab
Black, Indigenous, POC Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab

Summary

Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres in mainstream Hollywood often leave Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) out of the equation. Justice for My Sister is raising funds to bring back our BIPOC Sci-Fi Screenwriting Lab in 2021. Our first edition gave a safe space to working adults committed to imagining ourselves into the future, powerfully. Their TV pilot scripts called on ancestral wisdom to course-correct climate change and incorporated critical race theory to paint a pathway to liberation.

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Challenge

Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities have historically been excluded from important decisions about the preservation of air, earth, water, and fire. Over 29% of all new Netflix content falls under the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre. Despite this exponential growth, racial diversity within the genre (and the film industry at large) remains sorely lacking. In a 2014 study conducted by Lee and Low Books, only 8% of all protagonists in Sci-Fi and Fantasy films were people of color.

Solution

Fellows of this competitive incubator will conceive of sci-fi and fantasy TV show concepts and author the pilot episodes of their show. With one-on-one mentorship support, weekly seminars, supplemental reading, and discussion groups, participants' works will be informed by literature and art in the vein of Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futurism, and Asian Futurism, in addition to critical race studies, feminist studies, and other seminal works. Scripts will be presented to industry professionals.

Long-Term Impact

The Lab will educate 20 working adults in screenwriting, media literacy, trauma-informed writing approaches and critical race theory. We encourage participants to develop professional relationships with their mentors and each other, as well as the industry professionals we invite to our culminating event where excerpts of the students' films are read by actors. Scripts will be part of the fellows' artist portfolios, providing them with a professional work sample that they may in turn sell.

Resources

http:/​/​www.justiceformysister.org
https:/​/​www.justiceformysister.org/​our-programs
https:/​/​www.justiceformysister.org/​get-involved

Organization Information

Community Partners for Justice for My Sister

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @justice4sister
Project Leader:
Kimberly Bautista
Los Angeles, CA United States
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