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CORE TEAM

Derrick Williams

Founder

Derrick has spent over 2 decades in the entertainment industry working on live events, as well as TV and movie productions. He has managed the production finances of multi-million dollar features films and series for the past 10 years as a Lead Production Accountant. He is currently working at NBC, and has worked for such companies as Viacom, Gunpowder & Sky, AwesomenessTV, BET, and many others. He is recently instrumental in the equity funding acquisition of $1.6M for a feature he is currently Co-Producing. 


Derrick started the Open Door Film Project because he didn't like seeing disenfranchised or marginalized groups asking to be included. The underrepresented are actually the majority, and he believe we can create our own.

Anna Levine

Head of Creative

A digital media expert, Anna Levine, spent the last 4 years serving as the creative architect of DUST, a brand that is the definitive taste-making source for emerging voices in the science fiction space with over 10 million subscribers across platforms. In partnership, with Gunpowder & Sky, Levine is continuing to develop multiple feature and TV adaptations of DUST properties.

 

Prior to her time at DUST, Anna started Geek World Radio a news and media company where she served as a producer and correspondent, often lending her services to Cinefix, Anime Vice, ComicsOnline, Cox Media’s The Point, and others.

 

Anna is currently an independent producer, speaker, and digital consultant, and continues her work with Gunpowder & Sky and Geek World Radio while teaming up with new partners to give opportunities to up and coming filmmakers.

Jamie Walker

Head of Physical Productuion

A writer, director, and producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She is originally from Oakland, California and has an extensive background in Creative Development and Physical Production. . Walker received funding from The George Lucas Family Foundation to complete her MFA in TV and Film Production at USC School of Cinema, where, in her second year, she was inducted into The Academy of Motion Pictures "Gold Program." At The Academy of Motion Pictures, Walker assisted the Directors of both The Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, reading and analyzing feature scripts while creating and organizing a comprehensive list of Academy qualifying film festivals. In addition to her MFA, Walker has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Howard University and a B.A. in Theater from San Francisco State.

 

Walker has directed over 11 films and produced over 20 films, including features and shorts. Walker worked behind the scenes on Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and has written and produced new media content as well multinational shows for Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, starring award winning talent including but not limited to: Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Lin Miranda (Hamilton), Andre Holland (Moonlight), Tessa Thompson, Chris Rock, and more. Most recently, Walker has been working as a Director for both multicam and single camera TV. She is slated to direct three (3) feature films which are currently in development. She is winner of The Sundance Film Festival pitching contest for her feature film on Oscar Micheaux, the father of Black cinema, that is currently in development.  While finishing her M.F.A. at USC, her short, “Oscar Micheaux," screened at The Cannes Film Festival and won “Best Short” at a few festivals. Another short that Walker wrote and directed, “Sandra: Say Her Name” won “Best Short” at The Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. Throughout the pandemic, she has been mentoring emerging directors, lending her services to film studios as a CCO, and receiving one-on-one mentoring and advice from DGA directors. Walker can be reached via her website: www.jdwalker.org . 

Steve Deering

Head of Development

Steve Deering has worked in the development field for nearly a decade.  He began his career as an intern at Paramount Pictures, where he learned film development within the offices of The Robert Evans Company, which is renowned for producing Hollywood classics such as The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby, and Chinatown.  

From there, Steve became involved with a variety of story analyst companies.  He currently holds positions with Spec Scout, Slated, Selling Your Screenplay, Screenplaycoverage.com, and Coverage Ink.  He’s also served as an analyst for studio professionals connected to Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Lionsgate.  Additionally, he serves as a personal mentor and guide to many up and coming writers.   

Steve has also had key development roles for online and streaming channels such as Gargoyle Media and Horror Show.  He’s truly in his element when simultaneously developing multiple projects and ushering them along to production.  He is honored to be a part of the Open Door Film Project and to help underrepresented communities flex their voices and present their art.   

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