Filmmaker On The Rise: A.V. Rockwell Is Going Where Few Women Tread — Behind The Camera (Update)

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Update: A.V. Rockwell’s short film BLB is live! Watch after the jump!

December 11, 2013

Name five black women who are successful filmmakers. How about just one?

There’s a 5:1 ratio of men working on films to women, and just nine percent of the directors of the top 250 films have been women according to a new study from the New York Film Academy.

There’s no denying the obstacles are stacked high when you’re a woman trying to make it in film, and even higher if you are a black woman. Despite the odds, filmmaker A.V. Rockwell is making waves in the industry, and creating some dynamic work along the way.

Recently profiled as a Myspace artist of the day, she’s produced video content for Atlantic Records, Roc Nation, Black Entertainment Television, and Complex Media. She was tapped for the #IAMREVOLT campaign for Diddy’s newly-launched Revolt TV and will be potentially working on content for the network. With a degree in film and television from NYU Tisch School of The Arts, she’s utilizing the power of the internet to fund her passion projects and build her reputation.

The Queens born filmmaker is in the process of releasing short documentary videos part of an online mixtape called Open City, “a collection of gritty short narrative and documentary films about inner-city life.”

Fresh off a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising $6,550 for the next installments of her project, A.V. hosted an exclusive screening in Brooklyn last week for the latest in the series “B.L.B.” (Bad Little Boy). She shared with us a bit about her journey, tips on crowdfunding, and how to make it as a creative in New York City.

MadameNoire: What’s your number one piece of advice for making it as a creative in NYC?

A.V. Rockwell: It’s a big city with a lot going on but don’t get distracted by what other people are doing.  Just focus on what your goals are and constantly create work that will get you there!

MN: What are your tips for crowdfunding? 

AVR: Consider using popular fundraising sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter as a platform to drive your campaign. Get the word out to as many people as possible both within and outside of your immediate network. Don’t get caught up on the dollar-for-dollar count of what you receive.  Any amount of generosity will bring you a step closer to reaching your goal so appreciate it all!

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