The lab will provide “a handful of promising Black Muslim screenwriters the opportunity to hone their craft, tighten their scripts, and prepare them as they advance their careers. Additionally, selected writers will have the opportunity to participate in a three-week lab in March 2021, including one two-hour class and one two-hour workshop per week.”
Blackhouse Board Chair Brickson Diamond said in a statement, “As the world and 2020 whirled around us, Blackhouse saw and recognized the value MPAC, Sue Obeidi and her team brought to their intersectional constituents. We wanted to be a part of that work with our Black Muslim brothers, sisters and non-binary folks in the entertainment business. Brighter days are ahead in 2021 only if we create them. We believe this program and partnership will deliver beams of talent and light.”
“Impactful narratives have a direct correlation to social justice and how underrepresented communities see themselves and are seen by others. This is why we are honored to be partnering with The Blackhouse Foundation in elevating the talents and profile of Black Muslim creators, whose narratives have been missing for far too long,” added Sue Obeidi, Director of MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau.
Applications for the lab are open until January 19, 2021.
The Blackhouse Foundation recently announced that it will be back for this year’s virtual-hybrid edition of the Sundance Film Festival.