BLACK WOMEN FILM! SERIES SCRIPT WRITING RETREAT
Black Women Film! Canada is excited to offer a weekend writing retreat for Black women content creators in association with Canadian Film Centre (CFC), February 22 – 23, 2020.
As part of our on-going Elevate Master Class series, Black Women Film welcomes writers, director, filmmakers and creatives who are Black women identified to participate in a weekend that will get your creative juices flowing!
Lead by accomplished writers and facilitators Motion and Gillian Muller, we will focus on setting you on the path to flesh out new ideas and develop new scripts and pitch packages for long form serialized storytelling in a retreat style setting at the CFC. Our presenters will support you in creating your stories, scenes, concepts, outlines, beat sheets and pitch packages for the creation of tv, mini series or web series, and CFC experts will hear your pitches and offer feedback on your packages, with guidance on how to move your ideas forward.
Apply today for this highly subsidized opportunity made possible with support from Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Writers Guild of Canada.
This retreat will take place over two days and requires full attendance from all 10 participants who will make up this intimate writing journey.
Includes catered lunches and time to write or build on current scripts and fresh new series ideas. First come. First Served.
All experience levels welcome, this retreat is geared to folks actively seeking to write for series, develop their stories and who are seeking a community of support to get their scripts out there!
MOTION is a playwright, screenwriter, poet and emcee, fusing word, sound & drama for the stage and screen. A Canadian Film Centre alumnus, she is currently a writer and Executive Story Editor on CBC’s hit drama series, Coroner (Back Alley/Muse). She is also developing series with production companies Darius Films and Sphere Media, as well as with showrunner Sherry White. Motion is the co-writer of Akilla’s Escape (Canesugar Films), a feature film with director Charles Officer, to be released in 2020, and the writer of ReelWorld Award-winning short film A Man’s Story (Bravofact) which has screened in film festivals in London, Ghana, Belgium, Zanzibar and Toronto. Her most recent production for the stage is Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape with DJ L’Oqenz. Premiering to critical acclaim, it has been remounted at Toronto’s Soulpepper/Obsidian Theatre, CINARS in Montreal, and the groundbreaking Chale Wote Festival in Ghana. Her other works include Aneemah’s Spot (Summerworks), Loveleigh’s Logue (50in50/Billie Holiday Theatre, NYC), and the Dora-nominated Nightmare Dream (IFT Theatre/Obsidian). She is also published in Motion in Poetry (Women’s Press), Everything Remains Raw (GooseLane), and The Black Notes (Insomniac Press).
GILLIAN MULLER Born and raised in Toronto to a mix-up Trinidadian family, Gillian was a 2014 resident of the Canadian Film Centre's Primetime program under the showrunner Brad Wright (“Stargate”) Gillian developed “Travelers” (Netflix) and wrote Episode 2: ‘Protocol 6’, she currently writes for “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” for PBS and “Endlings” for Hulu. Gillian has worked in the writer’s rooms of “X Company” and “Cavendish”, as well as several development rooms. She co-directed the webseries "Night Owl" (SXSW 2018) and the BravoFact "Checking Out”, she co-produced Super Zee (WIFF 2019) with an all P.O.C. crew. In 2018, Gillian was selected for Muslim Public Affairs Council: Hollywood Bureau's Drama TV Writer’s Lab; sponsored by the Emmy nominated Wise Entertainment. She is December 2018's Writer’s Guild of Canada Diverse Script of the Month for her police procedural "The Blue Division" and was selected by Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”, “Hand of God”) as one of his Toronto Screenwriting Conference's Breakthrough Artists for 2019. Her pilot script for “The Player’s Son” is currently in the Top 100 on The Launch Pad. Her feature “The Favorite Wife” made the second round of the Austin Film Festival. Gillian also serves as a senior committee member of the BIPOC TV & Film Visioning Committee.