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WOCF FILM LAB

Mentors

We are excited to introduce you to the amazing filmmakers who are sharing their knowledge and expertise with us.

Meet The Mentors

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America Young

Producer/Director/Stunt Coordinator

America has stunt coordinated on projects for Warner Bros, Netflix, Lifetime and Cannal Plus.  And worked on 65 video games. Having stunt coordinated for years, America transitioned to directing seven years ago. While having a solid foundation in action, she is also known for her ability to bring out the best performances in actors, both drama and comedy, while translating subtle and rich story points visually on screen.  The projects she has helmed have a wide range from a drag queen comedy to sci-fi action to fantasy action to coming of age drama to exploring domestic violence in a superhero universe.

America Young is currently working in Film, TV, Animation and Video Games, as a Director, stunt coordinator and stunt woman.  To date, she has directed for Network TV, two features, a season of an animated show, a video game and four digital series to name a few.

Her first feature, “The Concessionaires Must Die!!” executive produced by Stan Lee, (www.cmdthemovie.com) is now available on Itunes, Amazon and other VOD platforms. Her most recent digital series, “Whatta Lark”, that pairs a quiet, introverted woman with the fiercest and loveliest of Drag Queens can be watched on Amazon. “Protectress”, a Xena-inspired fantasy, winner of several awards including Best Action, Best Director and Best Fantasy on the festival circuit, is being developed into a feature.   And she is attached to, a heartfelt, brilliantly subtle drama, “It’s Not Me” written by John Keating.  She was also directed the vertical slice for Resident Evil Village, the most successful game for the franchise yet.

She is a proud founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit that gives opportunities to women in the film & media arts (www.chimaeraproject.org).

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Demetrius Wren

Writer/Director/Producer

Demetrius went to the FSU Film School concentrating in screenwriting and directing. With more than 15 directing, producing, writing, editing, cinematography and composing credits to his name, Demetrius understands the importance of taking your time with the pre-production process. He directed his first film at age 8 and started studying filmmaking while in high school. He also studied music and theater while growing up in Augusta, GA. He graduated from Florida State University’s film school as the recipient of the Pathfinder’s Scholarship and started working immediately as a director.

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Darion D'Anjou

Writer/Director/VFX Supervisor

Darion D’Anjou is an award-winning writer-director based in Atlanta, Georgia USA, who focuses on short and feature-length narrative films. He works as a VFX supervisor on narrative films, science fiction, action, thriller, and horror.  He is a visual effects trainer and teaches indie filmmakers the art of mastering effective short filmmaking in his One Minute Film School. Founded and operated on Clubhouse this bite size super short length encourages faster turnaround, highly probable completion and lets filmmakers follow all the steps of proper film project workflow with the least amount of resistance to finishing.

 

Darion's science fiction short film “Hop” was a finalist at the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival, and his recent science fiction short film “Pony” won 7 out of 11 awards at the Constellation Film Festival in Atlanta including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. "Pony" screened as an official selection of Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel hosted by Omari Hardwick, Bronze Lens Film Festival, Atlanta Sci-fi film festival, Berlin Sci-fi film festival, and continues its momentum on the festival circuit. Darion's one take horror short film "Mommy" has screened in theaters to rave reception, and has generated over half a million views and counting online.

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Foster Wilson

Producer/Director/Actress

Foster Wilson is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and Emergence Award Recipient. She earned her BFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied for 3 years with the Atlantic Theater Company. In 2015, Foster co-founded Detroit Street Films, an independent film production company intent on building a robust community of filmmakers to collaborate on micro-budget films. In DSF’s inaugural year, the company produced over a dozen films including Foster’s directorial debut: a gritty short about possessions and priorities titled Brick & Mopsie. 

Her award-winning comedy short film Made Public, starring Jeanine Mason and Josh Zuckerman, received the Audience Award at Bentonville Film Festival and has screened at over 40 additional festivals around the globe, winning more than a dozen awards. Other credits include: Platypus, a dark tragicomedy about honesty and intimacy; the pilot presentation Love Scenes LLC, a fictional, feminist take on the adult film industry; and the short film DAME, about an untold moment in Elizabeth Taylor's life (Best Actress, Chelsea Film Festival; Audience Award, Twin Cities Film Festival). 

Foster is an alumna of the Ryan Murphy HALF Initiative and the Alliance of Women Directors Short Film Initiative, co-founder of Something Wilde Productions, and member of the Los Angeles Women's Film Collective. She is a recipient of the 2020 SHIFT Creative Fund for her film 5 Stages of Grief. Foster is represented by Verve Talent & Literary and Fourth Wall Management.

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Adam Stein

Writer/Director/Producer

Adam Stein worked as an editor for independent features before getting his start on a reality show called “On The Lot,” a filmmaking competition produced by Steven Spielberg. After that experience, he spent a couple years directing comedy shorts for JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE as well as digital series for Google and Disney. After getting the chance to direct on Disney’s action-adventure series MECH-X4, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Directing in Children’s Programming. He went on to direct two other pilots for Disney Channel and the live-action KIM POSSIBLE movie. His sci-fi thriller film FREAKS, which he wrote and co-directed with long-time collaborator Zach Lipovsky, earned one of the biggest sales at the Toronto Film Festival, and played at over 50 festivals around the world, becoming one of the most popular films on Netflix in 2020. Since then, he's sold original film ideas to Disney and Universal and directed episodes of the new FRAGGLE ROCK for Apple. 

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R.L. Scott

Writer/Director/Cinematographer

Born in America and raised in Bahia Brazil... award winning writer, director R.L. Scott has to date produced seven feature films and large number of shorts.  He began his journey as a filmmaker at age 15... writing, directing, shooting and choreographing action scenes (on Betamax) with his friends.



His motivation for becoming a visual storyteller, was to show the world the beauty, intelligence, strength and uniqueness of people of color. To date, R.L. has worked with the likes of such talent as Bill Cobbs, Costas Mandylor, Harry Lennix, Richard Gant, Victoria Rowell, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Karrueche Tran, Nicki Micheaux, Robert Miano, Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, Alimi Ballard, R&B Superstar Mya and many others.

His movies have been released theatrically in North America, Korea and Africa, as well as streaming on global platforms like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, TV One, PlayStation, Xbox and Sky... and even as far back as Blockbuster video, Hollywood video, Sam Goody, Tower Records and more. With his new feature film "Lazarus," R.L. has begun his journey to create a new superhero universe, populated by vast and diverse heroes of every race and creed.