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A harsh reality is revealed when a wild-haired, self-discovering 13 year old uncovers her mother’s secret teaching the adolescent a lesson on appreciating the beauty she already possesses.

One day I was combing my 7 year old, light skin daughter’s coily, kinky and curly hair and she was not having it. Yes, she has all three textures; mix that with being tender headed and you have a dramatic hair grooming session. This day in particular she blurted out “I hate my hair; I just want it to be straight”. Now, as a brown skin naturalista with 4c hair, it hurt my feelings that my daughter felt so negatively about her hair. I also understand that when the bristles are pulling your tresses, from what seems to be straight out of your scalp, that it is hard to be positive. I found myself speaking positive affirmations to her with each stroke of the brush in order to re-enforce a desirable outlook on her hair. One day she asked me “do you think I look like I should have straight hair?” I was saddened. I just wanted to hold her in front of a mirror and repeat 1000 times over to her how beautiful she is, just the way she is. That’s where Crown was born. I wanted to create a story that explored beauty from the eyes of my daughter and help that character understand the importance of self-love and acceptance, and appreciation. Often times we equate our most beautiful and unique characteristics as flaws, which lessens our appreciation for that attribute. I also wanted to explore complexion and how that plays a part in what our beauty standards are. As far as artistic approach, I really wanted these characters and their lives to be real and honest. It is coming of age and playful yet heavy and thought provoking. Thank you for viewing their world as they learn to appreciate their crown. We hope it inspires you to appreciate yours- Nicole.

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Misty is determined to finally experience an orgasm but first she has to overcome the only thing, or person, that's in her way- White Jesus. Her priorities are tested in this dark comedy about freedom from religious guilt. 


I grew up very involved in my family's Baptist church. Growing up my main concern was being "good enough" to get into heaven. I did everything the pastor taught a good Christian should do. I took great pride when church elders would tell my Grandmother how "good" I was. As I got older and experienced more of life, it became quite difficult to "do right" all the time. I was plagued with guilt which led to anxiety and becoming overly concerned with how I was viewed by others. Even though I now have a more expansive view of religion and spirituality, I still struggle with guilt around my life choices. I wonder if I live a life that pleases God. When Nicole told me her concept for GUILTY, I immediately related to the Mistie character. Even though she was struggling with Catholic guilt and sexual issues, the shame was universal. Overall, GUILTY was a great exercise in excising my personal relationship with religion and guilt while creating a tongue in check look at a young woman's struggle to reach the all elusive orgasm. I am proud of the work and grateful for the opportunity to further release my issues that relate to guilt. It is my intention this short will allow others to do the same.- DaVida Chanel



An ambitious actress unlocks a parallel universe when gazing into infinity mirrors, leading a mysterious figure from an alternate reality straight to her… followed by something else. Written By: Mike Lera; Directed and Produced by: Nicole Collins.

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Desiree Miles, a sophisticated and focused, young lawyer must detach from a world that is highly emotional the day after the 2016 election in order to win a very important case, however, she finds herself constantly in the middle of unwanted madness.

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