It was difficult to write (my pilot) Piney Ridge. During the more challenging scenes, I cried. I cried because it was scary. There were scenes on the page I had never seen before on television. Great stories written in this way can impact the world and this is how I choose to write.
Top 10%, Academy Nicholl Fellowship, 2020
Development Grant Winner, Stowe Story Labs, 2020
Best First Time Filmmaker, Montreal Independent Film Festival, 2020
Best U.S. Social Justice Short Film, Hollywood Women's Film Festival, 2020
Best Director, Top Indie Film Awards, 2020
Best Short, Top Indie Film Awards, 2020
ROSES IN THE WATER
Placed in the Top 10% for the
2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship
LA'CHRIS JORDAN is a playwright, actor, screenwriter and director based in Los Angeles, California. She is a 2020 Stowe Story Labs Development Grant Winner for her feature ROSES IN THE WATER which placed in the Top 10% for the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship. La'Chris was also a 2019 Winner in the inaugural Script Lab’s Screenplay Contest for her historical pilot PINEY RIDGE. La'Chris is a SAGindie Fellowship Finalist, a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fellowship Finalist, a Second Rounder in the Austin Film Festival and a semifinalist for both the Sundance Episodic Lab and the MACRO Episodic Lab in partnership with the Black List.
In 2020, La’Chris made her directorial debut with JANUARY 14TH (www.january14thmovie.com) which won Best U.S. Social Justice Short Film at the Hollywood Women's Film Festival, Best Short Feature at the Morehouse College Human Rights Festival, Best Short and Best Director at the Top Indie Film Awards, and Best First Time Filmmaker at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. A poignant film Indie Shorts Magazine says “bolsters the Black Lives Matter Movement,” JANUARY 14TH has received several awards and been selected by over 30+ film festivals worldwide.
Early on in her playwriting career, La’Chris was named ‘One of the 50 Playwrights to Watch’ by the Dramatists Guild and a semifinalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwriting Program at Juilliard. She has also been the recipient of several playwriting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Arts Commission and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, to name a few. A journalism alum of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, La’Chris is the founder of BlackCinemadb.com, an online database of over 700 films and documentaries from the African American and African diaspora.