African American director and UCLA Film School graduate Robyn Charles has just completed her
feature film Fingerprints, which she wrote, directed, edited and produced, and which
is set to hit the film festival circuit this year.

The film, which stars Nema Williams, Donzaleigh Abenathy and Chryslee Pharris, deals with an up and coming comedian who does not
realize his comedy is a defense mechanism that masks a dark side he unleashes, whch eventually sends him spiraling into madness.

Asked why she wanted make a film on such an intense and
heavily dramatic premise, Charles says that she wanted to explore the  vulnerability of comedians and what caused
them to implode under  pressure since she’s
noticed that almost every major comedian we all knew and loved had had some
type public breakdown.

So for her, writing the script was a great vehicle to
examine “… human nature by placing it in the 
superficial world of entertainment (creating) this world based on  popular misconceptions of what it means to
work in Hollywood and be  famous…the
fragility, the vulnerability, the process.

She further added that it frustrates her to observe
someone who aspires o be a performer with “absolutely no training or understanding of
the  psychological toll it takes to
become great at the craft”
and “what better 
way to explore the fragility of someone who hides behind his
defense  mechanisms as a comedian than to
force him to delve into what he has  suppressed
while placing a level of trust in someone else’s hands.