INTC Podcast: Writer, Director, and Producer B. Danielle discusses the release of her latest LGBTQ+ holiday film, “The Higher Spirit”
This episode, I chat it up with award-winning screen-writer, author and filmmaker B. Danielle Watkins on her latest project, “The Higher Spirit.” This film, which is out just in time for the holidays, dissects the many layers of the LGBTQ+. community. Whether you’re transitioning and coming out to your family, or involved in an abusive relationship, B. Michelle will peel back the many layers of emotions that people in our community face, including the judgements we share against each other.
Watch the film HERE.
About B. Danielle Watkins
Danielle Watkins, award-winning screen-writer, author and filmmaker, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Buffalo she was exposed to many different variations of the arts including stage, and film. She began writing at the age of 9 starting with poems and short stories. In 2000, at the age of 15, Ms. Watkins had her first poem published in the “Poetry Gems” Collection presented by The Famous Poets Society. Her first novel “No Other Man (A Three Part Tragedy)” was released eleven years later on August 26, 2011, followed in succession by “Redeye (Book Two in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”, “Forever Your Girl (Book Three in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”. In May of 2013 she was officially announced as the head of the Creative Writing Department for M.PoWeR Productions LLC, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In October of 2014 “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” premiered to a sold out crowd in Atlanta, Georgia. While “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” was in pre-production Ms. Watkins tried her hand at producing, writing, and directing a religious LGBT theme film entitled “Kisses in the Wind” which was screened at the 2015 Outreels Cincinnati Film Festival presented by the Cincinnati Film Society. 2015 Ms. Watkins stepped into the web series limelight with her screen adaptation of the novel by Natalie Simone entitled “Girls Just Don’t Do That” making her a highly regarded staple in the YouTube lesbian web series universe. January of 2016 marked another mile stone when Ms. Watkins launched her own production company Dream N 1 Productions, LLC. Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and in late 2016, Dream N 1 Productions produced its first major production entitled “Parallel the Documentary” based on B. Danielle Watkins’ time in Paducah, Kentucky at the inaugural Cinema Systers Film Festival as the first and only African-American Filmmaker. “Parallel The Documentary” has since been screened in two countries overseas, as well as the most recent full circle journey at Outreels Film Festival 2017, and winning for Best Director and Audience Choice Award as it matriculated through the film festival circuit. Ms. Watkins’ career to the next level in June of 2017 becoming the first and only African-American woman to write, produce, and star in a REVRY Original Series which finished 2017 number 2 on the network. 2019 has proven the best is yet to come, after the documentary she worked on, “GRRRL: Beauty is the Beast”, received 4 Telly Awards and successfully launching the second season of her REVRY Original Series “3030”, Ms. Watkins added journalist to her resume by becoming a staff writer for the art magazine MIM Magazine. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a Graduate of Winston Salem State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. With whom she held many positions, including a state executive board officer for the state of Nevada. For more visit www.bdaniellewatkins.com