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Marlena Martin

Welcome everyone to May’s edition of "Driven in 2006." Ayn Rand once said, "The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." Let May be the month that you sprint out the door for success... jump over hurdles, dodge roadblocks, and get your "Flo Jo" on!!! If you are an independent filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, etc… then this site is for you. From time to time, I’ll feature stories from those in the industry that want to share career advice and words of wisdom. If you are in the film industry and want to be recognized or give tips, by all means, contact me at: marlena@blackflix.com.


Rosalyn Coleman Williams – Director/Actor/Instructor

Rosalyn Coleman Williams is as dedicated, professional and driven as they come. A woman, who wears many hats and well I might add. Rosalyn isn’t merely a triple threat – she’s untouchable. Rosalyn Coleman Williams, an accomplished actress, is passionate about the art of filmmaking. Her directorial debut was producing the short film, "Driving Fish" (2002), in which she created, wrote and directed. Driving Fish has successfully been the official selection in several film festivals including: San Francisco International Film Festival and a finalist in the Hollywood Black Film Festival. She also wrote and directed several short films – including: 'Broken', 'The Starter Marriage Project', 'Layla's Mourning' and directed 'Allergic To Nuts' (staring Vanessa Williams of Showtime’s SOUL FOOD), 'Twisted' and most recently wrapped 'Ends & Beginnings'. Both Rosalyn and her partner hubby are currently in pre-production of their next project, 'Game Night', starring the talented and highly successful Vanessa Williams of Showtime's Soul Food.

Rosalyn's Broadway stage credits include 'Seven Guitars', 'The Piano Lesson', 'Mule Bone', and 'Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant'. She most recently starred in the world premiere of Runaway Home at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC directed by Regge Life. In 2005 (New York) she originated the role of Ethel Waters directed by Marion McClinton, "The Women's Project." In 2001 she received critical acclaim for her role in 'Breath Boom' also directed by Mr. McClinton. Other noteworthy New York stage credits include the role of Lou Bessie in 'The Old Settler' with Leslie Uggams at Primary Stages for which she was successfully nominated for an *Audelco Award. (*AUDELCO AWARDS) recognize the outstanding talents of Black plays and performers and honor them for their achievements.

Among her over 20 other feature films are: Vanilla Sky, Brown Sugar featuring Taye Diggs & Sanaa Lathan – She was the Radio Exec that gave Taye Diggs a much needed, hard time (2002), Everyone's Depressed, and Music of the Heart (Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett (1999). Television appearances include: OZ, NYPD Blue, NY Undercover and Law And Order SVU.

During her tenure in show business Rosalyn has worked with Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Charles Dutton, Tom Cruise, Danny Glover, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson and Alfre Woodward. She has worked with writers August Wilson, Craig Lucas and Walter Mosley all on new projects. She has also worked with directors Lloyd Richards, Cameron Crowe, Marion McClinton, Oz Scott, Wes Craven and many more and if that wasn’t enough, Rosalyn is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

I tip my hat to Rosalyn Coleman Williams, this successful director/actor/instructor, motivator, etc… not only is this busy professional a woman of faith, a mother and wife. She knows that family comes first and with that, She’s not just driven for success, she’s driven for life!

To learn more about Rosalyn Coleman Williams and to check out Red Wall Productions… check out their website www.redwallproductions.com

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