The story depicted in this short film is part of upcoming novel by Constance Nicole Frierson, The House on Union Street. Frierson has an extensive employment history in human services in industries such as higher education, financial services, corporate healthcare, and media management. She is a working writer, the recipient of grants and support from Hold This While IP Productions, a company that incubates and elevates women's stories, an active community volunteer, a trained online leader and a full-scholarship recipient to the Story Summit Writer's School's annual women's writers' conference, Her Spirit, in 2021 through a grant arranged by a private foundation. Additionally, Frierson has been selected to participate in The Field’s Fiscal Sponsorship for Social Justice Arts Practitioners Program, a subsidized fiscal sponsorship membership with special benefits for individual artists and art collectives or organizations who identify as members of a historically underrepresented or marginalized group and whose creative work puts into practice and furthers values of social justice, equity, and inclusion in their communities.
The film is being directed by Aimiende (Aimi) Negbenebor Sela, a Producer-Writer-Director of Nigerian descent, raised by a Jewish-Israeli family from the Bronx. A recipient of the distinguished alumni award in the Arts and Humanities from her alma mater, Stevens Institute of Technology, Aimiende's award-winning films have screened at numerous festivals across the world. Growing up as that kid glued to The Sound of Music, back in Nigeria, to the adult now dazzled by the complexity of the characters in 12 Angry Men, films have always helped Aimiende make sense of the world. As a result, her work interrogates the human condition, but with empathy; as she truly believes we all live the same lives, just colored differently. Her production company, Sela Films LLC, was born out of this belief in order to help push the boundaries of innovation, inclusion, diversity, and creativity with a focus on humanism.
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"At the opening of each (antiracisim group) session, I distribute historical context to attendees in which I advise them the (n) word is "Quite possibly the most contemptible, derogatory, hateful, demeaning, painful word in the English language." That language does not do justice to the powerful scene in Constance's screenplay. With her words, the bullet bypassed everything else and went straight to my heart." ~ Billie Wade, MS & CEO of Journaling to Heal
"I was Adult Dottie, and Young Dottie on that swing was me, as she will be for so many people of color and marginalized people. Adult Dottie carries with her a powerful message of healing, so I was brought to tears, but I was truly smiling inside." ~ Chantel Lee, Writer