Will and Jada Smith Partner with Sundance To Create a New Project
This year, a lot of people are supporting black owned businesses, supporting their friends more often, and also supporting those who support you. With that being said, you will be proud to hear that the dynamic duo, Will and Jada Smith are teaming up with the Sundance Institute to create something bigger and beautiful for all those that want to be apart.
This partnership was announced this past Sunday at the Sundance Festival.
“Our mission is to ensure that our beautiful and diverse world is also inclusive. That means embracing the views and experiences of people who don’t look like us, speak like us, think like us, love like us, or pray like us...We encourage the people we meet, not to hide their differences…but to share with the world who they are, where they come from, and where their hearts and minds will carry them into the future.” Keisha Senter, of the Will and Jada Smith foundation stated.
She stated that our world is as clear as day with being diverse, and everything about what we (Americans) do, should show that as well.
According to EBONY, the partnership will be for two years and the Screenwriters Institute will choose 10 writers from “underrepresented” communities to be apart of a two-day intensive. The catch? The SI will support these new writers efforts and work all year round!
Some of the people who have been mentioned in being involved are Ava DuVernay (director of Selma and 13th on Netflix), Lee Daniels (film producer of The Butler and Precious) and Ryan Coogler (film director of Fruitvale Station and Creed).
Pinket-Smith released a statement saying that she and her husband are elated to work with the Sundance Festival and it’s partners to “cultivate stories and storytellers reflective of the world at large” and she can’t wait to see what they create together.
With a great incentive and a great cause, we hope that many aspiring writers, filmmakers, producers and directors be apart of something so great and geared directly towards them, and put in all the work to be the next great thing. This is one of those things that either make you or break you, but you’ll never know unless you put yourself out there and stick your foot in that door!