Joined 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia
Hello my name is Stacey Genève Travis and I an am native of New York but now living in Atlanta, ever since I could remember, I had a love for the cinema. I enjoyed silent films with Buster Keaton and Chaplin and some of the early talkies like Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in their romantic screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934) and later one's like Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. I loved from gangster, romantic comedy, and sci-fi to Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers. As a child I use to watch all the old classics with Hollywood's finest starlets, and then dream of one day becoming an actress myself. There were six performances by women of color that I watched when I was young, which had a great impact on me being a woman of color. The women are Cicely Tyson in a woman called Moses, Ruby Dee in a Raisin in the Sun, Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues, Diahann Carroll in Claudine and Dynasty, Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones and Rita Moreno in West Side Story. As I gotten older my desire and passion to become an actress had grown even stronger. My mother finally allowed me to attend a drama school in Manhattan, Lee Strasberg Theatre. I went to Lee Strasberg Theatre for a short time, and then went on to an On Camera Film School. I was tenacious, driven and determined to become an actress and filmmaker. I had a passion for writing as well, as a child I would write little skits, and then perform them. I was not just interested in being in front of the camera, but behind the camera as well. When I would go to the movies even before I was a teenager, I wanted to see the credits. I wanted to see who created this masterpiece like in Jaws, and who was behind the scenes. When I first saw the Godfather I and II, I was in complete awe. I wanted to know everything about the cast, and especially the director. I took a class in high school and the teacher was discussing angle shots, and foreshadowing and just then I knew I didn’t just want to act, but I wanted to write and direct as well. To make a very long story short, I met my husband in 1989 and to say the least, I fell head over heels in love and everything I had work so hard for, I gave up to become his wife in 1991.
I have put my dreams and true passion on the backburner for the past twenty-three years and working odd jobs during that time I was never truly happy. I began writing again over ten years ago and have written two teleplays, two short films, seven screenplays and a stage play but never had the courage to get my work out there. I went back to school attending Full Sail University majoring in Film/Digital Cinematography. The reason why I chose to go back to school is because I am a screenwriter who aspires to become a director and producer in order to have total creative control over my own original work and how it is presented to my target audience. I wanted to understand the organic process of independent filmmaking, as well as the mechanics and the aesthetics. Although I have a small role in my short film Tables Turn, I know that my number one passion is writing and it is my desire to be an effective writer who can change someone’s life for the better through my words. I am excited to be directing my first short film Tables Turn. I am so happy to have renewed my dreams and looking forward to an exhilarating journey and future in film and television.
Peace & Love
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