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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.





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