Joyce Sherrí
 
 

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about Joyce Sherrí 

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Award-winning Filmmaker and Virginia native, Joyce Sherrí, stepped off a Greyhound bus at New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal on August 23, 2010. Armed with her passion for creative writing, Joyce hurled herself into the independent film capital of the world in pursuit of a career as a writer and director. The following year, Joyce was accepted into the Tisch Graduate Film program at New York University and in 2016 received an MFA in Filmmaking.

Shortly thereafter, Joyce was selected by writer-director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk To Me) as a participant in the Project Her Incubator commissioned by Indigenous Media and Condé Nast Entertainment, where she created “Beauty,” a southern gothic reimagining of “The Beauty and The Beast” as a proof-of-concept for a television series. The film quickly went viral via the Project Her platform on Facebook Watch and amassed over 5 million views. Joyce has several other projects all in varying stages of development including her first feature “Sweet Sixteen,” a surreal coming-of-age story set in Virginia that is currently a semi-finalist in the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.   

In 2016, Joyce was selected by writer-director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It, Malcolm X) to receive the Spike Lee Production Grant for her thesis film “Forever” for which she also received an award from the Hollywood Foreign Press. “Forever” went on to play at several film festivals including the Toronto Black Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival where the film was a finalist in the HBO short film competition.

Joyce’s pilot script, “Through the Ages,” based on her thesis short film “Forever,” won best one-hour screenplay in the 2017 Fusion Film Festival and was selected for the inaugural Made In NY Writer’s Room, an initiative of The Writers Guild of America, East and The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and was placed under the mentorship of writer-director and producer Lee Daniels (Empire, The Butler, Monster’s Ball).  

Joyce now resides in California where she continues to develop the television series version of her short film “Beauty,” in addition to her first feature “Sweet Sixteen” and a graphic novel based on her pilot “Through The Ages"

 Joyce is represented by The Gersh Agency and Untitled Entertainment.

 

 

 

 
 
Joyce Sherrí combines melancholy and emotional intensity with joy and sensuality to create a touching, acute meditation on family and love…
— 2015 Biennial Edition of CinéWomen’s Magazine, The Family Romance (short film)
 
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FILM, TV & Commercial WORK

 

WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER

 

Producer

 
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works in progress

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’
— Erma Bombeck
 

THROUGH THE AGES

A one-hour serialized drama interwoven with southern gothic themes, ‘The Ages’, follows the turbulent relationship of Beau Hayes and Monica Flatts, an interracial couple in Virginia during the 1940’s who fall victim to a hate crime and miraculously become immortal. While based on the short film "Forever", the series will explore their immortality and journey with Beau and Monica from one decade to next in search of the right time to love one another.

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SOME OF THIS IS TRUE (DEVELOPMENT)

Graphic Novel

Co-written with writer and illustrator Chris Kingsleigh "Some Of This Is True" is a graphic novel that explores various forms of relationships. Some funny, some sad and some a combination of both  but all of which will ask questions of our readers: How do you fall in love? & Am I good enough to be loved?

 

 

A fantasy romance set in VA during the 1940's, Forever tells the story of Beau Hayes and Monica Flatts, an interracial couple who fall victim to a hate crime and test the limits of their love.


7Cities FIlm ColleCtiVE (MARKET RESEARCH)

7Cities Film Collective is a non-profit organization that aims to serve the Hampton Roads region of Virginia through the art of cinema.  Supporting our organization will allow us to offer FREE hands on filmmaking programs to area teens and various film based events for the community. 

Kismet (DEVELOPMENT)

Graphic Novel

When an interstellar war makes its way to earth, Miranda Gadden must travel across the galaxy or risk losing the only home she has ever known forever. 

 
 
 

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           CONTACT

 

          MANAGER: Jennifer Levine at Untitled Entertainment
310-601-2105
levine@untitledent.net

AGENT: FRANK WULIGER AT THE GERSH AGENCY

P: 310-205-5868

FWuliger@gersh.com