Director: Maisie Richardson-Sellers
2020 | USA | 13m | English
After moving to Los Angeles, Esi stumbles upon a vivid house party of QTPOC and for the first time in her life, feels welcomed into a community where she can let down her walls.
Starring: Chauntice Green, Numa Perrier, Paris Stephens, Peter Vack, Joy Richardson
Playing in shorts program: The Kaleidoscope of the Black Gaze
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Maisie Richardson-Sellers is an actor, director, and anthropologist from London. With both parents being actors, Richardson-Sellers grew up in dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces, falling in love with theatre and storytelling at a young age. She then went on to attend Oxford University, studying Anthropology and Archaeology, exploring her long standing fascination with the diversity of cultures throughout history. While at Oxford, she found her love for directing, directing several stage productions, a personal favourite being “For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide.”
Richardson-Sellers is also an accomplished actor, with credits such as, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Kissing Booth 2+3″, and regular roles on the CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and, “The Originals.”
She seeks to tell stories with and about those from marginalized communities, who are too often ignored by the mainstream. “Sunday’s Child” is her screen directorial debut.
As a queer woman of color, I so rarely see myself positively and truthfully represented on screen. “Sunday’s Child” came from a culmination of conversations with other QPOC, and my own personal journey. This story is for anyone who has ever felt ostrasized, unworthy, or who has struggled with their artistic dreams. For those who have yet to find self-acceptance or the support of a loving community, I hope this film serves as a message of hope.
I believe whole-heartedly in the value of diverse representation both in front of and behind the camera, therefore we brought together a fantastic group of diverse women in each department. Our team, including our Writers, Producers, Director of Photography, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Composers, Hair and Makeup Team, ADs and PAs, were all women. Our overall production crew was over 80% female, and a majority people of color. Barefaced Productions Inc will continue to live up to this standard, in hopes that we will lead by example and set a precedent for active inclusivity at every stage of the creative process.