THE WILL-M-POWER MISSION - there is a void to be filmed...
"We live in a world where matches are struck without precaution, and the growing fire catches ones’ eye without censorship. The alluring blaze can spread so rapidly...so wildly, no emergency team can extinguish the flame. Although, the “hot” sells before you can yell…we are willing and ready to gather seeds to plant instead." - Micole Williams (2009)
One might wonder, why choose such a vigorous, time-consuming path when easier and more sensational routes are more accessible? Sometimes you have to against the grain. Sometimes you have to sow value. Sometimes you have to surrender to instinct. Sometimes you have to be true to yourself.
To produce anything of substance calls for the use of four things and for them to be used wisely: your heart, your hands, your intuition and your vision. Stories that celebrate diverse women with their own southern charm, while catering to an audience that appreciates the arts is the focus.
Some of the issues women face are displayed in the TWOTLT films: dealing with growing pains while taking care of business; determining BFFS from the frenemies; finding true love and finding your way out of love triangles; living dreams and putting an end to nightmares; and all generations coming together to successfully merge old and new ideas.
The talented people that help to bring these stories to life all have a common thread. Houston is our heart and the backdrop of the Tangled Web of True Love Tales series. Although fertile ground is hard to find, you have stumbled upon it in Texas! Green thumbs are rare, but you have found them on us! We are excited to showcase some of our stories - stories that are rich in substance and that will soon help to grow a eclectic garden of meaningful crops that not only result in being an aesthetically pleasing sight, but most importantly, a form of continuous restoration in various communities. These projects will help fill in the gaps for a thirsty culture that want to see and promote sheer love of the “art” and the “truth” - art with a dose of hospitality.
Who said substance can't be entertaining? Who said women didn't have a story? We are willing and ready and we will-m-power the world around us!
Writer, Director & Producer
Jumping around has always been my thing.
I can still hear my grandmother teasing me with "if you don't sit down somewhere, you are going to be a jack-of-all trades, and a master of none." The theory used to bother me, but it is now a title I choose to embrace. I figure, since you only live once, you might as well live as many lives as you can in one. But no matter the number, I feel I have gotten closer to knowing what my sole-purpose is in life. In what seems to have been my nine lives, I have learned that what really matters is actually seeking to know God's will, and then actively fulfilling your purpose.
In 2009, I stepped out on faith and pursued my dreams as an author. In 2010, I started on my filmmaking journey.
Like many native Houstonians, it is hard not to appreciate "the arts" considering the city's vast theatre and museum district. So early on, with a fascination with visual artistry and print, during high school and college, there were so many avenues to explore. I proudly graduated from Hightower High's Media Academy in Missouri City and then, Prairie View A&M University with a degree in Mass Communications. I was grateful for the experience gained from producing and co-hosting student television shows and news packages for the campus television station. Serving as a radio personality for a current events show for the public radio station – KPVU 91.3 FM and an internship at Radio-One Houston was a great experience because the people around you allowed you to be a sponge.
Also on the HBCU campus, minoring in English allowed me to really find myself. It wasn't until taking an Afro-American Lit Studies course, that so much of what was on paper came to life. I fell in love with three amazing female writers. I admired the works of Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, and Zora Neale Hurston - for they had a unique way of bringing the challenges and joys of black womanhood to the forefront in a poetic, elegant and sincere way. I felt they knew a story dear to me heart, as well as the women around me.
Later taking courses in filmmaking at the university also helped to springboard a number of projects. As a fan of filmmakers, Spike Lee and Kasi Lemmons while at PV, I tried my hand at directing after writing and producing three short films that featured local talent.
Fast forward some years, I have valued working in education as a high school English, Journalism and Speech teacher and working in fashion and beauty industries as a stylist and make-up artist.
This now brings us to the current project at hand. This is my baby and I may not be an artist yet, but as the great, Erykah Badu says "I'm sensitive about my..." (you know the rest.)
Many people describe this project as an ambitious one, and I agree. For one, this is underground entertainment. So many people are comfortable with whatever is "mainstream" and sometimes "indie" films get overlooked, but I believe supporting your local arts community is something that not only benefits the artist involved, but it benefits you.
Seven shorts in one, I know it is a different way to show relatable stories. But it is a reason behind the madness! In 2011, I wanted to premiere these stories that highlight women of color during the month of love and also during Black History Month. I just hope that people give independent projects just as much attention as they give mainstream TV and Film. I grew up in the last days of the character-driven era of television and Big Time Television Producers, Aaron Spelling and Yvette Lee Bowsers left valuable impressions on me. Their stories have helped shape and influence America while catering to a female audience. As much as TANGLED WEB OF TRUE LOVE TALES is a series of short films, it also showcases a set of characters and a sea of talent that I can see also on television and hopefully the world can too. As my professional journey continues, my current focus is honing my skills and celebrating my passion for storytelling and creating stories that empower not only women, but the world around them!