Blackwell Summers Mysteries

New York City, New York | Series

Action, Mystery

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Set in the 1970s, Blackwell Summers Mysteries is an action web series revolving around the detective agency of Grace Blackwell and Raven Summers. This feisty duo fights injustice and gives a voice to the defenseless, using a combination of brute force, killer brains and unapologetic beauty.

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The Story

reelmavens is a production company founded by women seeking artistic empowerment through independent filmmaking.  We encourage diversity and the participation of women in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera. 


We produce work that explores the human condition and challenges traditional gender roles.  We prosper by collaborating with like-minded artists and by pooling our resources to thrive artistically, socially and financially.  


Blackwell Summers Mysteries is the first passion project of reelmavens.  In taking on an initiatve to hire a predominately female crew, this project exemplifies our values and what we hope to accomplish as filmmakers.


We are storytellers who intend to imagine and create a world never before seen, while creating opportunites for other like-minded women in a male dominated industry. 


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Big Vision Empty Wallet Membership

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A discount on BVEW gives us amazing access to filmmaker resources!


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We need to fly our kick ass director in from LA!

HD - Arri Alexa

Costs $1,620

Because our DP wants it and she's Decent!

Cooke S2 Panchro Lens Set

Costs $705

So it looks AND feels good, dig?

Arri WCU3 Wireless Follow Focus

Costs $306

Tine says its Boss!

Teradek Wireless Video System

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If you couldn't tell, it's all about Tine!

Director's Monitor

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So we can do round house kicks without hitting the camera equipment ...

General Liability Insurance

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So we can keep our people safe!

Production Insurance

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Cuz we're smart ...

USB Harddrive

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We need 2 central locations for all the takes baby! Backup, backup ...


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People need to eat, catch my drift?

Craft Services Food

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Cargo Van

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To get our stuff and people to set ...

Losmandy Jib

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What Tine wants we give... Like a Losmandy Jib!

Boom Operator

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So you can dig what our lips give.

Hair Artist

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To keep our dos tight!

Make Up Artist

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TP, PT, Garbage bags, First Aid, Disposable Compostable Cutlery, Plates & Cups, Etc.

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Y'all ain't lame. So this we don't need to explain.

Wardrobe package

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To wear the duds you're bound to love!

Set Design & Build

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If we build it... They will come!

Sound Editor

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So you can hear what we say... All night and all day.

Key Crew Members

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Actors need to eat too ...

Various Lighting Equipment

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Lights keep us lookin' tight!

Key Crew Members

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They help tell the story!

About This Team


Emily Dell is an action and dance Film Director and Screenwriter.  Her last feature, B-GIRL, about a talented young dancer in the male-dominated breakdance world, airs on Showtime, Starz and Encore Networks, won “BEST FEATURE” at the LA Femme Film Festival and was released worldwide.  Recent action short film BATTLE was profiled by H.Brothers TV 189 (China) and THE COMPASS ROSE won “BEST ACTION” at the 2014 Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.  Currently she is under contract to write and direct THE RULES OF BUSINESS with The China Film Corporation (The Karate Kid, etc).  Partnered with her sister and Producer, Elizabeth Dell, they are featured in the National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C.  Emily has directed audiobooks and lectured in film for New York Film Academy, 85 Broads, The Screen Actors Guild and National University.  Awards include The Virginia Center for Creative Arts Residency for Screenwriting, the Writers Colony Dairy Hollow residency and The Writer’s Arc Screenplay Fellowship. Her screenplay TIGER MOTHER was awarded a 2014 Producer’s Guild of America Fellowship to producer Elizabeth Dell.  Past films have won “Audience Award”, H20 Festival New York City, “Best in Festival, Short” Berkeley Film Festival, “Best Screenplay, Short” and have been profiled at The American Cinematheque. Emily studied film at New York University and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley and lives in Los Angeles.


Raushanah Simmons is a New York based actress working professionally in the industry in film, television and theater. She has had the privilege of working in numerous theatrical projects over the years including most recently Annie (in theaters December 2014), The Other Woman (20th Century Fox), The Blacklist (NBC), Hostages (CBS) and Do No Harm (NBC). Some of her favorite theater credits include In the Red and Brown Water (Studio Theater, DC), Mother Courage (NYSF), ScreenPlay (Flea Theater), The Lesser Seductions of History (FLUX Theatre Ensemble), The Tempest (Public Theatre Shakespeare Lab). Raushanah has also be seen in numerous national commercials.  She is proud member of SAG-Aftra and Actor’s Equity.


Rebecca Nyahay is a hard working actor/producer/director who is dedicated to the development of new work that has a lasting social impact.  Rebecca has acted in/directed over 75 one-act and full length plays over the past 10 years and produced a number of one-act festivals and a few short films.  She produced and starred in the short film, The Ribbon, and appears as Nikki in the web series Haywire (  Some past favorite roles include White in Blacken the Bubble, C.B. in Street Theater, Carol in North of Providence, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Joan in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Rosemary in Rosemary with Ginger.  Rebecca is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio, a LAByrinth Master Class Alumni and works with Barefoot Theatre Company. @RebeccaNyahay 


David is an actor/fight-director/playwright/song-writer with experience in film, television, stage and music and Interested in collaborations with like-minded artists of all mediums. David is the founder of UnkleDave's Fight-House Stage Combat Company, a team of fight directors for hire who create illusions of violence for theater, film, music videos and web series.  As a singer/song writer, David has fronted the alt-rock bands MonsterRally, CaveHound. Other music collaborations include The Gotham Roots Orchestra, Izzi Ramkissoon, rap artist Anonymous (And On I Must) and Greencard Wedding. He has performed at Performed at Ella Lounge, Dixon Place, New Federal Theater, INTAR New Music Fest, CenterStageNY, The Public Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company's Music Night and Culturefix.  Music video appearances : Glitter Sky by I Love You Airlines; Song & Dance by Anonymous (And. On.I.Must). He offers Artist's Shamanic Journey workshops for the manifestation of artistic endeavors; Personal Myth movement classes and stage-combat workshops. And has given guest-artist workshops at Columbia University; New York University, DePaul University, Connecticut College and Bard College at both undergrad and graduate levels. David has trained in Dragon's Gate Qi Gong ; am attuned to Reiki Level 1 and I hold a 2nd degree black belt in WTF (Olympic Style) Taekwondo. "Like" our fan page on Facebook: Unkle Dave's Fight-House.


Asya Danilova was born and raised in Russia. Now I live in the US and work as a still photographer on movie sets.  She studied Liberal Arts and Sciences in Saint Petersburg State University, focusing on classes in art history and photography. Asya continued this way for about two years until she accidentally took a class on film.  After which, her life was never the same.  Asya’s knowledge of film history and passion for photography determines the work she does today. She loves working with talented and devoted people and capturing their beautiful work.


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