Aug. 3


From Paper to Picture: Well-Written Black Girl

Celebrating Black Women Screenwriters in conversation with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim, this is a space to gush about their process, the craft of storytelling and their favorite books! The conversation will also examine the magic behind narrative and the responsibility filmmakers must accept when adapting books to the big screen.




Glory Edim

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood. Her book club has met with several award-winning authors including Margo Jefferson, Naomi Jackson, and Angela Flournoy. Well-Read Black Girl’s mission is to increase the visibility of Black women writers and initiate meaningful conversation with readers. Glory has worked as a creative strategist for over 10 years at start-ups and cultural institutions, including the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Webby Awards. Currently, she is the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter, where she helps writers use the platform to build community and find support for their creative endeavors. Follow her on Instagram: @wellreadblackgirl for book recommendations.

Janine Sherman Barrois

Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer who is under an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers to create and develop new series. Currently, she is the Showrunner/Executive Producer on the TNT hit dramedy Claws, starring Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston. She has recently made her directorial debut with French Fries, a short that she wrote as part of Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology series, in conjunction with TNT and with support from the Women at Sundance program. Previously, Barrois spent five years as an Executive Producer on the CBS hit series Criminal Minds. Prior to that, she was an Executive Producer on ER and worked on the final four seasons of the show. Before ER, Barrois spent five seasons on Third Watch, rising from Story Editor to Co-Executive Producer. She has also written on Eddie Murphy’s The PJ’s and The Jamie Foxx Show. Barrois got her start on Lush Life, where she was placed after participating in the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. In 2018 Barrois won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her episode of Claws entitled “Batshit.” She had previously won for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series on Criminal Minds. She has also won a Humanitas Award for her writing on ER. Additionally, Barrois is active in the WGA, where she serves in their mentoring program and as a judge for their Writers’ Access Project. Barrois graduated from Howard University. Barrois is represented by WME and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek Suddleson Ambramson.

Radha Blank

Radha is a performer and writer for stage, tv and film. She’s a Helen Merrill Award recipient, an NEA New Play Development Award recipient (for SEED), a NYFA Fellow and was selected for The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group. Her television writing credits include The Get Down (Netflix), Empire (FOX) and She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), where she was a Producer/Writer. She co-wrote the screen adaptation of Walter Dean Myers best-selling novel Monster which recently had it’s world premiere at Sundance. Radha was a fellow for both the 2017 Sundance Directors and Screenwriters labs with her original screenplay The 40-Year-Old Version (FYOV), which won the 2017 Adrienne Shelly Women’s Filmmaker Award and The 2018 Maryland Film Festival Producers Club Award. When not writing for the stage or screen, Radha performs as emcee RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of Hip Hop Comedy, has sold out shows from NY to Norway. This Summer, Radha will write, direct and star in her first feature film, The 40-Year-Old Version.

Roni Nicole Henderson

Roni Nicole Henderson is a Columbia, SC-based photographer and filmmaker. She earned her MFA in Film and Television at Savannah College of Art and Design and was the recipient of the A. Gregory Peeler Fellowship for Graduate Study. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals across the country and internationally including Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, The National Black Arts Festival, Indie Grits, BlackStar Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Africa in the Picture, and many more. She has published work in the 2018 release, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora and in 2017 she self-published a memoir entitled Of Grace and Moons: The Making of Grace. Roni is currently an Indie Grits Lab Filmmaker-in-Residence and her recent work bridge/refrain was commissioned by the Columbia Museum of Art.