Marlena Martin, a contributing writer and regular at Blackflix.com, stood by the faith in her work and recently entered her documentary "Driven in 2004" in the prestigeous 2nd annual New York City "Through Her Eyes: Women of Color Film Festival."
This amazingingly talented writer's work was just announced as a winner in the coveted list of this year's official screening selections.
Martin's selection comes alongside the likes of Vanessa Williams of Soul Food fame for the well-received entry "Allergic to Nuts," and Linda Gay Hamilton of The Practice for her entry "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks."
Martin is very excited about the selection of "Driven in 2004" and will be going to New York City at the end of the month to be among the honorees.
Women of Color Productions was formed in 1998 by Jacqueline Wade and Sharon Hope, to serve the needs of emerging playwrights, directors, filmmakers, actors, dancers, visual artists, and musicians especially Women of Color (African American, Native American, Caribbean, African, Latino, East Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian origins) who may not have other avenues or venues available to get their work professionally produced. 2004 marks the 6th year of the annual arts festival.
Through Her Eyes: Women of Color Arts Festival 2003 was a great success. It took place at the historical Symphony Space Theatre in New York City. 21 different films were presented. Throughout the years the festival has serviced over 200 different playwrights, performance artists, filmmakers, poets, and visual artists of diverse cultures. Past festivals have taken place at such major theater venues as: Henry Street Settlements Abrons Arts Center, La MaMa Etc. Annex, The Theater of the Riverside Church, and Black Spectrum Theatre. Theatre legend Ellen Stewart from La MaMa Etc opened the first festival, and world famous actress/director Barbara Montgomery has hosted several of festivals. In 2002, four plays in the arts festival were nominated for AUDELCO Awards.