Today, we share photos and video highlights from Hartbeat (a Kevin Hart Company) and Sundance Institute’s second annual Women Write Now activation, which debuted projects from WWN’s Black woman screenwriting fellowship, at Sundance Film Festival.
Logan Browning (Netflix’s "The Perfection", Netflix’s "Dear White People"), Tika Sumpter ("Sonic the Hedgehog", ABC’s "Mixed-Ish"), and Nicole Byer (NBC’s "Grand Crew", Netflix’s "Nailed It"), who directed the WWN short films, as well as WWN program creators Thai Randolph (Hartbeat CEO) and Candice Wilson-Cherry (Hartbeat's Head of Film), were among those in attendance.
The special events celebrated the projects of writers Mayanna Berrin, Kiana Butler Jabangwe, and Danielle Solomon - recipients of Hartbeat’s annual comedic screenwriting fellowship for Black women.
Together, each fellow was given the opportunity to premiere the original short films they developed under the guidance and mentorship of the Hartbeat team and special guest directors Nicole Byer, Tika Sumpter, and Logan Browning.
The evening capped off with each writer being awarded a one-year, first-look deal with Hartbeat.
Founded by Hartbeat CEO, Thai Randolph and Head of Film, Candice Wilson Cherry, and developed in partnership with Sundance Institute, Women Write Now was designed to champion the next generation of Black women in comedy through mentorship, advocacy, production, and exhibition.