Happiness is a finished film project

Scribe Video student filmmaker David Walls flanked by Scribe Screenwriting Workshop instructor Sloan Seale (left) and former workshop classmate Terri L. Heard (right). Walls’ film “Home(less)” was one of six Scribe student films showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Friday, March 25, 2016 in Center City Philadelphia. – Photo copyright owner Terri Heard


The good vibe level was high at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Center City this past Friday (March 25) where a packed house of family, fans and friends attended the Scribe Video student film showcase. The films are the finished works of students enrolled in Scribe’s 14-week Production Workshop taught by Aleks Martray. The lineup featured six short films on an array of topics, including allegations of corruption in correction facilities, childhood trauma transforming into a college graduate’s triumph, and magical romance in the midst of the ghetto.

Tops for me was “Home(less)” written by my former Scribe screenwriting workshop classmate David Walls. “Home(less)” (22 minutes) follows the journey of gay teen Ben, 17, who is coping with being ejected from yet another foster home even as he comes closer  to aging out of the system. It brings home the plight of too many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered teens who wind up kicked out of their homes and on the street because of family rejection of their sexual orientation. The film is poignant without being preachy and offers moments of sweetness to soften the heartbreaking pain.

Other standouts included “Through It All,” (15 minutes) by Marva Sumlin which chronicles one young African-American man’s journey from overburdened childhood to college graduate and “It Starts With Me,” (14 minutes) by Nicole Kenney, which examines how one generation of African-American women shows a member of the younger generation how to cherish her heart and soul amidst the pressures of modern life. For more information about the 14-Week Production Workshop, visit Scribe Video or view video coverage of the post-showcase Q&A.

Above, filmmakers (from the left) Nicole Kenney (“It Starts With Me,” 14 minutes); Philip Asbury (“En Clave,” 4 minutes); Sheila Quintana (“Un Reclamo Alegre,” 11 minutes); Marva Sumlin (“Through It All,” 15 minutes); David Walls (“Home(less),” 22 minutes); and Rob Bell (“UN-JUST,” 14 minutes) discuss their inspiration behind their films. Production workshop instructor Aleks Martray (black shirt) is on the far right. – Photo copyright owner Terri L. Heard


Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.


Celebrating the Timeless Beauty of Nichelle Nichols

Years ago, I got the chance to not only meet but have dinner with Ms. Nichols. There was a whole group of us and all of us were just on a cloud of joy at getting to hear this lovely lady, this PIONEER, drop knowledge on us. I was privileged to tell her how watching her on Star Trek every day stoked my passion for TV and led me to become a TV Guide writer and assignment editor. So I just had to share this gorgeous portrait of her and her touching reaction to seeing it. Enjoy!