(from the short film)
JD Walker (Writer/Director)
Mahasin Munir (Nia)
Tracie Collins (Tonisha)
Tish MacCullough (Postwoman)
Awet Teame (Diamond)
Anika Bobb (Stacey)
JD Walker (Writer and Director) is a Sundance 2013 Pitching Contest Winner. She also received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Sundance Table Read My Screenplay contest for "The Postwoman." Walker is a multidisciplinary artist whose work revolves around intersectionality and social justice themes. Originally trained as an actress, Walker graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Theater from San Francisco State University, where she also studied in the Black Studies Department and toured with many theatrical productions, including The African American Shakespeare Company and The San Francisco Mime Troupe. A "gifted" child and Honors student who remained on the Dean's list every semester in college, Walker was offered a full-ride to Howard University, where she received her Graduate Degree in English with "Distinction."
"The Postwoman" is her first feature script. The idea for the feature began as a short, which was produced in a Qwocmap class, and grew by word of mouth after touring on the 2010 film festival circuit. Since the short film’s release in April 2010, her film has screened at over 21 film festivals around the country, including Frameline 34, The Boston LGBT Film Festival, Out on Film Festival, Reel Sistas of the African Diaspora Film Festival, Black Hollywood’s Sista’s are Doin’ it For Themselves Film Festival, and the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, where the short originated. In addition to screening at film fests around the country, JD's film also screened at Black Pride Film Festivals (e.g., Philadelphia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Chicago, Atlanta, and Oakland). Jaye wrote, directed, cast, and filmed her short film herself.
JD has an extensive background in publishing, sales, and marketing, having served for many years as the Marketing and Editorial Assistant at a University Press and a Book Buyer for independent bookstores. She has not only worked with and served on panels with numerous African American poets and writers, but, as a freelance journalist, she has also written countless feature stories for leading Black newspapers and magazines.
JD recently finished the feature script for “The Postwoman” in August 2012. In less than a month, her feature script made it to the FINALIST category at the LA Femme Film Festival, the SEMI-FINALIST category at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, and garnered an HONORABLE MENTION in the Sundance Table Read My Screenplay Contest. Walker attended Sundance 2013 and won the pitching contest for her 2nd feature. Currently, JD is finishing two other dramatic feature scripts while honing producers, cast, and crew for "The Postwoman." Please sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned. :)
Mahasin Munir is a well-rounded actress from Chicago. Since being in the Bay Area, she was a member of a drag performance group, Nappy Grooves, for two years. She has also starred in three QWOCMAP films, which screened at the SF LGBT Int’l Film Festival, including: Slang it Like You Own It; Play With Me; and Sista Chronicles.
Born and raised outside of San Francisco, California, Tracie Collins is an actress, plus model, writer, and executive producer of the Bay Area’s first plus size fashion gala, Kiss the Curves. Tracie’s love of the arts and creative talents lead her to land significant roles in theatre, portraying characters such as “Lorelle” in the Broadway musical Dream Girls and “Pam” in Misery Loves Company. The epitome of her acting talents can be seen in movies like “The Postwoman," “Powered Cage” (Ellis Berry Production), which is in development, and “Spirit of the Warrior” (T3 Productions). Tracie is currently writing her own screenplay and her first book called Bedtime Stories.
Tish MacCullough is an actress and model in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has appeared in national print ads such as Bride and Pride magazines. She has also appeared in local commercials and has been a sponsor of several skin care products. Tish was also involved with the feature films The Matrix and Matrix Reloaded.
Born in Eritrea, East Africa, Awet Teame is a standup comedienne and actress who has traveled and performed on stages such as San Francisco Punchline and Los Angeles Comedy St.
Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the Bay Area, Anika has a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus in Musical Theater. Anika has performed at numerous regional theaters across America. Some of her favorite roles are Charlene in Ain’t Misbehavin and Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. She has starred in Radio and TV commercials. “The Postwoman” is Anika’s first appearance in an Indie film. She, personally, thanks Jaye and the rest of the cast for this wonderful opportunity.
(from the feature film)
MARGARET KEMP (Alyssa) starred as Lena in “Children of God” (2010). Recently, she toured South Africa in her one-woman show, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” and is currently working on another one-woman show about singer Abbey Lincoln. Margaret is a California-based native of Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Classical Theater from Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre. Her performing career includes her currently touring solo performance, Creative Instructions, as well as appearances at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Ensemble Theatre Company, Yale Rep Will and Company, Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf, Pear Theatre (Antibes, France). She has also appeared in television and film on such programs as Commander in Chief, In Justice, Orlando Jones Show, Chicago Hope, Shangri-La-Cafe, Fraud, and DAy Break. She holds memberships in Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Actors Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), and Voice and Speech Trainers Associantions (VASTA). Full Bio here and Demo Reel.
VAN BROWN (David) starred as the Revered Clyde Ritchie in “Children of God” (2010) and currently performs in several Off-Broadway plays. He resides in Los Angeles where he remains involved in several youth and peer led mentoring programs through his church.
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