(BPRW) Media Maven, Lisa Durden Wins National Short Film Pitch Competition
Lightbeam.tv awards prizes to visionary filmmakers at this year’s 22nd African American Women In Cinema International Film Festival
(Black PR wire) New York – Lisa Durdena The award-winning director/producer, content creator and multi-hyphenated media maker wins the national competition to showcase short documentaries about amazing people who help others. Lightbeam.tv collaborated with African American Women in Cinema Film Festival (AAWIC) on the Documentary Presentation Competition.
Lightbeam tv is a storytelling platform for short documentaries spotlighting extraordinary people and organizations. Lightbeam is building a global network to advocate for filmmakers who produce films that drive social impact and contribute to the growing call to action to help close today’s empathy divide.
“We’re looking for impactful stories that inspire change,” explained Stephanie Sharis, CEO of Lightbeam. “We are honored to support new voices like Lisa Durden and thrilled to share these uplifting films with our global audience.”
“I am thrilled that these women of color filmmakers have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” said AAWIC President Terra Renee.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to partner with Lightbeam TV, to produce ‘blind divas‘, a documentary following Krystle Allen and Naquela Wright-Prevoe, two blind black women entrepreneurs determined to challenge stigma and stereotypes about the blind community, through their annual Miss Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant. As an independent filmmaker, I had to be tenacious because funding is scarce for content creators of color, especially black women, so I’m thrilled to be one of the recipients of this grant,” said said AAWIC winning filmmaker Lisa Durden.
Lisa Durden, also a national media contributor, is committed to sharing compelling stories that speak to the diversity of the black community, not just the trauma. “blind divas” is in pre-production and will debut in the fall of 2022.
Additionally, Lisa Durden received her Masters of Fine Arts in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Mrs. Durden took the plunge and launched Lisa Durden Unlimited Productionsa multimedia company, specializing in developing content for linear TV, cinema, digital and live audiences, with a focus on telling compelling stories about underserved communities, featuring great characters entertaining.
Some of Ms. Durden’s most recent projects include: Director/Producershort documentary girls matterwhich won Best Animation at the Tokyo International Short Film Festival ’21; assistant director from Verizon Commercial, Conversations with Mom; Producer award-winning PBS 2019 online festivals Short Movie, Paris Blues in Harlem; Senior Producer of the ImageNation star studded Revolution Prize; Co-producer provocative and award-winning feature film TITLE VII; Designed and produced PBS A film by Maya Angelouit is to success Live Twitter Chat, Who garnered 8 million impressions; the old Broadcast Manager with black public media, AfroPoP Series; Associate producer of PBSdocumentary, Soul Food Addicts; and Associate producer of Peabody Award Winner, Prime-Time Emmy and NAACP Image Award Nomination, Sundance Channel‘s, docuseries, brick town 1.
“I love bringing to light diverse perspectives and experiences within our community. We are our content creators and storytellers,” says Lisa Durden.
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