@micah_ariel11: Why did you decide to get into this industry?

I wanted to see more nuanced images of people who look like me. I began my career as a playwright (and still do write plays). I discovered that my style of storytelling translated to the screen in a way that made me excited about my scripts. Being a filmmaker seemed like a dream that was too risky to pursue, but I saw other Black women, like Ava DuVernay tell their stories, I knew that it was fully possible to tell mine. So I picked up a 16mm camera, started taking some classes in undergrad, and started making the art. I also realized that I have the opportunity to create really healing communities on set, so I see directing as an opportunity to bring people together in really personal, impactful ways. 

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