"Your thoughts write the script to your history." – Tanecia Britt
Screen gems begin to fill their treasure chests with tools to help them express the pictures that reel through their brain at various points in their life. It's the 'how' and 'why' that makes each visionary different. For me, pictures are a constant flow of concepts through my hands and eyes, depicted with more emotion than what can be seen in real life. Born December 3, 1984 in Washington, DC, I grew up in Hyattsville, MD watching films and taking pictures of my Barbie dolls, instilling imagined life into lifeless objects. Once it became obvious that producing images were innately within my design, pursuing film was the desired goal for college. After graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, reality became the foundation for my films.
My drive placed me in various locations post-undergrad. Living strictly off of my determination to become a full-time director. Working as an marketing and campaign administrator for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago then freelancing in Atlanta, I soon found myself networking among some of the sharpest eyes in the South. Celebrity photographer Donna Pernell shared insight about the inner workings of the industry which motivated me to declare myself as an assistant director and production assistant. Continuously networking and building my name, I found myself under the direction of Eyal Sivian, professor and mentor at the University of East London. Under him I learned to shoot with a purpose and to take my time with film-making. My creativity and relentless drive to succeed opened a niche for Internet films in which I began to market myself on the web. Though free-spirited, my reality stood like walls around me in which I could only battle, and battle alone. My loyalty to my family brought me back to the United States where I emerged as one of the most rouge, yet promising film-makers in the area.
To date, I have been a never-ending machine, cranking out films including my 2008 feature "School Without Walls" along with a multitude of shorts and music videos. My unstoppable nature led me to team with Reset Pictures out of New York City which allowed me to feature my talents on Mark Ecko's "Cut and Sew" commercials, Talib Qweli's "Strangers" music video and Maino's "Girlfriend" music video. Currently, I am collaborating with Chyna Layne (Precious, 2009) to bring forth "Flowers Don't Grow in England," a ruthless caricature telling the lives of three East London women. Seeing the elements of life which could easily destroy a woman was only clay for me, permitting me to mold these experiences into cinema while influencing others to see life with more than just the natural eye.
"Life isn't about just seeing. Its is directing what is unseen." – Tanecia Britt
I have been in the industry since 2002.