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Booker T. Mattison, director of Ungubani (Who Are You?), will teach Scriptwriting Essentials: The Art of Creating Strong Female Characters.

Scriptwriting Essentials: The Art of Creating Strong Female Characters™ Begins Dec. 8, 2020!


On Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm EST/3:30 pm-5:30 pm PT,

Award-winning filmmaker and author  Booker T. Mattison will lead a beginning scriptwriting workshop that will cover the essentials of writing scripts for TV, Film and Web Series. 

Scriptwriting Essentials will offer tips on pitching your script to such major content platforms as OWN, Netflix, BET and HBO. You will learn how to write strong and richly layered women characters as well as the nuts and bolts of writing scripts that sell. Enjoy a nurturing and open creative environment where you will have a chance to write your first script or develop a work-in-progress. The instructor will guide you in achieving your personal scriptwriting goals.

The online workshop is being presented by Reel Sisters, the first Oscar Qualifying Festival for short narratives devoted to women filmmakers, and BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. Scriptwriting Essentials is a Trademark of Reel Sisters, the nation’s leading film festival devoted to women of color. Reel Sisters will be held on Oct. 23-24, 2021.

BRIC presents and incubates new work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.


Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) in his first leading role. The film also starred T’keyah Crystal Keymah (“That’s So Raven,” “In Living Color”), and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire” “Treme'”). The Hollywood Reporter said, “Mattison’s direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction…full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters.”

Mattison’s film “Habeas Corpus” starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid (“Sister Sister” “WKRP in Cincinnati”) and Jamie Hector (“The Wire,” “Bosch”).

Mattison’s most recent short film “Ungubani (Who Are You?)” stars Al-Jaleel Knox (Sweet Magnolias), Leah Merritt (Insatiable) and T’Keyah Crystal Keymah and will stream on the Urban Movie Channel in January. Mattison has directed music videos that have aired on Black Entertainment Television, MTV Europe and The Gospel Music Channel.

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