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Seeds of Change

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Frances Wilkerson

Writer | Director | Producer

Director's Bio

I love to film stories that put humanity on display. My goal with each film is to help the viewer see themselves in the soul of another, and to help them see that we are so much more alike than we are different. My hope is that by opening even a small crack in the viewer's perspective, the world can change for the better.
 

In 'Seeds of Change', I explore what it will take to heal the pain of racism in this country.  My hope is that the story will allow the audience to empathize which will subsequently lead to understanding.
 

I love all aspects of filmmaking including cinematography, editing, writing, visual effects and producing.  My passion, however, lies in directing.  Being an actor in Chicago for 10 plus years gives me an immense amount of insight on how to communicate with actors (and non-actors) to achieve natural, honest performances.  I truly enjoy helping actors access their true potential. 
 

How Racism has Impacted Me

Racism is one of the most unsettling things you can ever experience. It leaves you shocked to your core.  It leaves you feeling isolated and disconnected and makes you question, even if for a brief moment, your worth.

My experiences with racism have also left me with a lack of clarity about who I can and cannot trust.  Those who have a problem with me because of the color of my skin can easily identify me, the target of their anger and hatred, because of the color of my skin.  I, on the other hand, am unable to identify them as clearly.  This leaves me questioning my safety quite often.



    A black person grows up in this country  knowing that racism will be as familiar      as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt.

                                                                                          -Maya Angelou
                                                                                             

 

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Awards & Nominations
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'Red'
 

  • Official Selection
    FlickFair Film Festival 2021

     

  • Best Comedy / Dramedy Student Short
    London Independent Film Awards 2020

     

  • Award of Excellence
    Global Shorts 2020

     

  • Award of Merit
    Best Shorts Competition 2020

     

  • Official Selection / Hon Men. Best Lead Actor - Tod Kent
    American Golden Pictures International Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Cinema World Fest Awards 2020

     

  • Award of Recognition
    Cinema World Fest Awards 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Chicago Southland International Film Festival 2020

     

  • Nomination - Best College Short & Best Comedy Short
    Chicago Southland International Film Festival 2020

     

  • Semi-Finalist Short Film
    Manhattanhenge Film Festival 2020

     

  • Semi-Finalist Illinois Short
    Aladerri International Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Orlando Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    SoCal Film Awards 2020

     

  • Best Director / Best Ensemble Cast
    Best Actors Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection
    Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival 2020

     

  • Official Selection / Honorable Mention
    Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards & Festival 2020

     

  • Silver Award
    Spotlight Short Film Awards 2020

'Rosa'

  • Award of Merit
    Best Shorts Competition 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Cinema World Fest Awards 2020
     

  • Award of Recognition
    Cinema World Fest Awards 2020
     

  • Award of Merit
    Cinema World Fest Awards 2020
     

  • Semi Finalist
    New York Cinematography Awards 2020
     

  • Short List
    You Film Fest 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival 2020
     

  • Central States Best Short & Official Selection
    Central States Indie FanFilmFest Spring 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    LA Student Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Miami Short Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection & Audience Choice Award (Honorable Mention)
    YoFi Fest (Yonkers Film Festival) 2020
     

  • Semi Finalist
    Best Short Fest 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    SoCal Film Awards 2020
     

  • Silver Award
    Spotlight Short Film Awards 2020

 

'Hair'

  • Official Selection
    Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival 2020
     

  • Best Short Short
    Central States Indie FanFilmFest Spring 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    New Faces New Voices 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    LA Student Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Seattle True Independent Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Miami Short Film Festival 2020
     

  • Official Selection
    Best Short Fest 2020

'Seeds of Change'

  • Best Short Script
    California International Short Festival - Spring 2017
     

  • Short Script Finalist
    California Women's Film Festival - Summer 2017
     

  • Short Script Final Round
    Harlem International Film Festival 2017
     

  • Short Screenplay Finalist
    Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2017
     

  • Short Script Finalist
    World Series of Screenwriting 2017

'Poo Diligence'

  • Grand Prize Winner - Short Screenplay
    Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2017
     

  • Gold Prize Winner - Short Screenplay
    World Series of Screenwriting 2017
     

  • Award of Merit - Short Screenplay
    Women's Independent Film Festival 2017
     

  • 2nd Rounder
    Austin Film Festival 2017

'Irreducible'

  • Short Script Finalist
    Harlem International Film Festival 2017
     

  • Short Script Finalist
    World Series of Screenwriting 2017

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