Féliz – WIFVNE Member
What do you love about your work?
Being where it all starts. Every piece of entertainment: movie, a tv show, a music video or a commercial all starts on a piece of paper. Being the person who starts the idea that will eventually be on the screen resulting in the awe, inspiration, and influence of entire audiences is definitely what I love most.
What is your vision for yourself, female filmmakers, or the media industry in 2020?
One of the biggest goals I set out for myself in 2020 is to finally land real jobs in film and entertainment. I want to build my portfolio with amazing pieces of work that will allow me to grow my credibility as an artist and to finally make the big move to New York and go on to be part of bigger projects.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
As a writer and woman of color myself, I always have in mind a colorful cast when I write a script. Diversity is the biggest agenda that I push for in this industry. We need more people of color working in all aspects of productions, we need more women leading projects. So, a way to change the lens is to give and create opportunities for minorities.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
Find a focus but also be open to be “down for anything” I started out as a production assistant which allowed me to meet amazing people. Don’t be scared of starting from the bottom of the barrel because if you’re passionate a hard worker and know how to network well, you will see yourself climbing up that barrel quite quickly.
Which women in the New England region inspire you?
The President of WIFVNE Alecia Orsini started it all for me, through her I’ve had the chance to write for the organization itself, to network and find opportunities as a creative. She is definitely someone who pushes and cheers for other women and go out of her way to put them in the right path.
What film or series are looking forward to watching this year? Why?
The new season of Brooklyn 99, Blackish and Grownish because those are the series that keep my comedic creative juices flowing. They also educate me as a writer of color on how to effectively and comedically present on the screen real world issues people of color face in the world.
Attending any film festivals or events, and why you are attending them?
I’ve recently attended for the first time in my life a screening “The Trap” as a writing assignment and the experience there was just amazing. I also plant to attend the panel ‘Bringing Hollywood Home” on the 29 and on March 3rd I will going to the WIFVNE Professional Development Panel (both personal invites from the president herself!) to learn more about the industry from the mouths of the professionals themselves and to meet fellow artists and network with them.
How can your fans find you!?
I’m on Instagram as @accent_on_the_e_ and on Facebook as Féliz Screenwriter