about Joyce Sherrí
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.