My name is Victoria Renee and I am a writer and filmmaker from College Park and Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. I recently found out I was accepted to my dream film school, the University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Film and Television. However, this wonderful opportunity has been offered to me at a high cost of $67,826 per year. Thankfully, I was awarded $25,000 by the George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity. It is renewable for both years of the program. Yet, I still have a remaining balance of $42,826. I would be immensely grateful if you would be willing to assist me with financing my education.
I have a proven track record of excellence with my studies. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, I earned my M.A. from Columbia University and my B.S. from Barry University, both concentrated on Clinical and Forensic Psychology. I presented at conferences, won an award, and was even assisted with research efforts at Cambridge University in the U.K. While working in the field of mental and behavioral health, I recognized the importance of storytelling for both therapeutic and entertainment purposes. Cinematic narratives can greatly impact our psyches and culture. Consequently, shortly after earning my master's degree, I began my self-initiated study of screenwriting and filmmaking.
I have worked passionately and diligently since December 2016. My scripts have advanced and been featured in various contests and film festivals, such as the MACRO Episodic Lab, Screencraft’s Pilot Launch, THEA x SCRIPTD Screenwriting Competition, and the Crimson Screen Horror Festival. I have also written, directed and self- produced three short films. Moreover, I serve as an assistant director, script supervisor, and production assistant on various film sets in Atlanta, GA. As an artist of color, female filmmaker, and psychology professional, I aim to be apart of the new wave of artists, who are dismantling archaic traditions and telling authentic stories for people like me to feel represented. I want readers and audiences to be able to identify with my work and find it relatable, entertaining, and helpful.
While preparing to attend school, I am also in the midst of cofounding two nonprofit organizations, Film Sisters and Film Brothers, collectively known as Film Family. Currently, we have over 100 people of color in Atlant involved with these organizations. The mission of both organizations is to serve as an inclusive community for all women/ men of color to bridge the gap, create opportunity, break barriers, and evolve the art of filmmaking. Throughout my career, I intend to remain remotely involved with these organizations. Moreover, upon securing industry employment, I plan to consistently donate 5% of my income towards these organizations. This will help the next filmmaker of color reach her or his creative goals. As I write this, one quote comes to mind that follows, “when you educate a woman, you uplift a community.” Therefore, when you invest in a woman with a vision- like me, you thereby empower over 100 women and men of color to also share their stories.
Thank you for reading this Go Fund Me. Any and all donations are appreciated. If you do not feel comfortable giving to this cause on this platform, please email me at VictoriaReneeFilms@gmail.com and we can discuss other ways for you to make your contribution.
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