I Love Bed-Stuy
We must preserve the stories and legacies of Black people. Because historically our spaces and narratives are destroyed, rewritten, or forgotten. We won't let that happen again. We are gathering testimonies for our new docu-fiction project and writing a brand new love letter to Bed-Stuy.
Mission StatementI have been making films for over 10 years. My goal is to educate, inform and inspire. I center the stories of Black, Women, LGBTQ individuals through a lens of love and equality. This project brings together all of the aforementioned into the tapestry that is Bedford Stuyvesant.
About The Project
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About This Team
SEKIYA DORSETT, DIRECTOR
GLAAD Award winning filmmaker, Sekiya Dorsett, is dedicated to telling the stories of women of color. Her award winning documentary “The Revival: Women and the Word,” is distributed by Women Make Movies. In 2020, her 4-part documentary, Stonewall 50: The Revolution, in partnership with NBC News and NBCOut, won a GLAAD Media Award and the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalist for Excellence in Digital Journalism. Dorsett's work has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival and Outfest Film Festival to name a few. She is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia.
WILL DURRAH, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A son of Bed-Stuy and a production Swiss Army knife, Will brings his wisdom and knowledge to the production. If you look close enough you may see him in a frame or two. When he is not producing, Will is working on major movie and commercial productions. He grew up on MacDonaugh Street and now he hopes to bring the beauty of his hood to the big screen.
AFIYA WILLIAMS, PRODUCER
Atlanta born and Brooklyn based, Afiya “Fi.” Williams is a social entrepreneur, producer, artist, and educator with over ten years working at the intersection of art, community, and social justice. Over the last four years, Fi produced seven short documentary style videos highlighting critical issues for a global nonprofit raising awareness. Additionally, Fi was a producer on 195 Lewis a queer webseries that won that 2018 Gotham Award, Breakthrough Series - Short Form and Sekiya Dorsett’s Ice Cold The Movie which selected and screened as part of the NewFest Film Festival. When not making films that uplift, empower, and celebrate people who are marginalized, you can find Fi traveling, working with youth, or consulting on social impact initiatives.
TIFFANY TEJADA AMOUR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Tiffany Armour-Tejada started taking pictures at the age of 9 and is now a notable Director of Photography with an expansive body of work from each stage of her career. In her earlier days, she was hired as a video engineer for house video for New York Fashion Week and has since completed over 60 New York Fashion Week productions having worked with designer teams such as Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar Del La Renta. With over 40 film credits to date, Tiffany was the first minority woman to join the local 600. Passionate about independent artists and projects, she opened a small color lab in Brooklyn where she can support the local film community.
NIQ LEWIS ,EDITOR
Niq is an Award Winning Editor, visual storyteller, and 80's baby. A native New Yorker, her family moved from Brownsville, Brooklyn to Central Harlem in the early 90's, and it was at the Schomburg library, reading poetry by Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou, that she began to understand the power that came with telling our own stories, unapologetically, as Black people. As an in-house promo Editor at Vice Media, she garnered awards and nominations from Promax, the Clios, and the Shorty awards. Her work has also received write-ups and reviews in Variety, Ad-Age, Rolling Stones and Vogue. She’s currently working as a freelance Editor to create short and long form visuals that are grounded in and celebrate the complexities of Blackness - the joys and the pain. In Our Mothers' Garden, her first feature documentary, and a love letter to black women, was recently acquired by Array and is now streaming on Netflix. Her sophomore documentary feature Gemmel & Tim, premiered at Outfest 2021.
SHANI COLEMAN, WARDROBE STYLIST
A southern girl at heart, Shani Coleman grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thanks in part to her mom she was the most stylish two year old on earth. She could always be found perusing vogue magazines in her playhouse in between cooking up plastic meatloaf and play dough green peas. Now a 12 year resident of Bed-Stuy, Shani has become a champion of individuality expressed through the lens of her personal style. Her “bodega” mantra as she calls it speaks to her commitment of wear whatever whenever she feels like it … even if it’s a sequin dress, chucks, and a fisherman’s hat to buy a jerk chicken plate at 2:00 in the afternoon on the Ave ... then so be it. Shani’s career background in corporate visual merchandising and styling has given way to her massive, curated, personal vintage collection, which she can be found selling at local markets on the weekends with the freshest of the fresh vintage finery.