Words cannot describe how much admiration I have for this phenomenal filmmaker and actor. Not only is she the Founder and Executive Director of The Make A Film Foundation, she is a talented filmmaker who makes a conscious effort to address diversity issues within the programs she’s developed and the films that she produces.
In this episode we discuss everything from the state of black projects in Hollywood today, Creating your own content, Diversity and representation in film and so much more! Listen now:
Tamika is a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts while also studying at Howard University. While living in New York she wrote her first screenplay, “Jar By the Door”, which was a Sundance Finalist and won several other awards including the Gordon Parks Indie Film Award and $10,000 which she used to move to Los Angeles after attending and graduating from the New York Film Academy where she fell in love with directing.
While in LA, Tamika won several Fellowships and Awards in Writing and Directing including the ABC/Walt Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting for, “Memoirs of A Virgin Whore,” The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller (Cosby) Fellowship, the CBS Director’s Initiative and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women Fellowship in which she wrote, directed and produced the multi-award winning short film, HOPE which aired on every major network. She was then hired as both a Camera Operator and Director on one of BET’s first reality TV shows: College Hill.
In an effort to give back, Tamika created and founded, Make A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit that grants ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors who help them create short film legacies. Through MAFF, Tamika has produced over 100 short documentaries and 3 award winning short narrative films, working with members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, across the spectrum. She was invited to do a TEDx talk about her journey with the organization, which is posted above.