Kweighbaye talks to Tracie Strahan about the Bushwick Film Festival, which she started while she was still in college.
How one women is rewriting the script for female filmmakers.
"It symbolizes the independent spirit. The spirit of dreaming, not only dreaming but dreaming big. Regardless of where you come from"
"When I realized that a lot of things were possible, I was amazed at the point in my life when I wasn't aware of the possibilities"
An impressive woman. Her heritage actually had an underlying impact on her. Her desire to give back to the community she came from through film is quite entrepreneurial.
"I just wanted to put my energy into something that I cared about, have the freedom to experiment with different ideas and work with exciting people."
"The films that I really like are the films that, when I watch them, I experience a shift of perception. I feel like, This is something that I’ve never experienced before in storytelling and it’s really true to life.”
" I see it as an opportunity to change the film industry, to make sure more stories like mine are being told.
If you’re not sensitive to these stories, you probably won’t fund them, program them, back them."
"" I was a die-hard basketball player so being competitive is a habit. I think that actually allowed me to be less intimidated while doing business with men."
"Give yourself room to be and accept who you are and the things you’ve done and move forward."
When confronted with anything stopping her from success, the former NYU basketball player asks herself, “How can I up my game?”
"We are all women and we bring a diversity to an industry lacking it. That has to be our biggest distinction…"
"I really came to see that....I could set a positive example for entrepreneurs, especially young women of color..."
"Swallow that fear and accept there will be lots of awkward......remind yourself why you are there. This is your opportunity to get your story out"
"Be your authentic self—there is no one on this entire planet that is like you, so be you"