Member News: Nancy Mejia's Update on AFI's DWW

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A few months back, NALIP member Nancy Mejia was selected for AFI's Directing Workshop for Women (DWW), a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing! Currently, Nancy is navigating the three-month intensive, receiving intensive training in narrative filmmaking. 

When asked about her experience thus far, Nancy shared the following: 

"I attended the AFI DWW Open House in July of last year, and it was utterly intimidating. The screening room was standing room only, overcrowded with an array of skilled directors seeking their opportunity. It was inspiring to hear the experiences from previous fellows. So, I ignored and silenced my bothersome doubt and made the fateful decision to apply. After completing the application checklist, wrangling recommendation letters, and enduring the series of interviews, it was time to wait. I’ll never forget the call with Program Director, Tessa Blake, and the thrilling energy orbiting my spirit as I was being welcomed as a 2018 AFI DWW Fellow.

The program has been challenging. It has required financial and social sacrifices. I’ve been obligated to candidly study my intentions as a storyteller, and I love it. The program encourages us to embrace failure because it’s the only way that we may strengthen our weaknesses. We are expected to meticulously plan, without missing the magic that may spontaneously appear in front of us. Personally, the most affirming lesson I’ve learned is that resilience and vulnerability are not mutually exclusive. It’s okay to lead with vulnerability. It’s no secret women are grossly underrepresented in the director’s chair - my friends and I are going to change that."

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NALIP is proud to support the work and accomplishments of Nancy, who has been a member of NALIP for several years and has been heavily involved with our signature programs and events. She showcased her short film "Mateo" during the 2015 Latino Lens Showcase, was part of the 2015 Diverse Women in Media Residency Lab, was part of Latino Lens: MiTu Network Incubator, and was a semi finalist in the 2016 Latino Lens Shorts Narrative Incubator. We look forward to showcasing and supporting her future work!

You can support Nancy, and her AFI DWW project, by visiting https://support.afi.com/dwwprojects.

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