about Joyce Sherrí
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, who in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment, aim to highlight new and emerging female storytellers through the production and distribution of a short pilot presentation with the potential to produce and fund a full-length version. Joyce has several projects all in varying stages of development including “Sweet Sixteen” a short screenplay based on her first feature by the same name, which has been made an official selection of the 2018 Oregon Film Festival and a semi-finalist in the 2018 Film Daily Screenwriting Competition and the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
In 2016, Joyce was selected by writer-director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It, Malcolm X) to receive the 2016 Spike Lee Production Grant for her thesis film “Forever” for which she also received a grant 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 selected for the inaugural Writers Guild of America Made In New York 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 continues to develop “Through the Ages,” in addition to her first feature “Sweet Sixteen” and “American Super” an adult half-hour animated series.
Joyce is represented by The Gersh Agency and managed by Untitled Entertainment
FILM, TV & Commercial WORK
WRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
works in progress
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.
SOME OF THIS IS TRUE (DEVELOPMENT)
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.
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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