Filmmaker and Author B. Danielle Watkins chronicles being the only African-American filmmaker in the inaugural lesbian only film festival Cinema Systers Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky. While simultaneously staying at the historic Hotel Metropolitan that was built to house the likes of Louis Armstrong and Moms Mabley so that they could have a place of comfort in a racially motivated climate. Exploring the historic importance of the festival as well as the hotel B. Danielle Watkins finds herself emotionally torn between that of being celebrated and the history of being shunned.
"This project is my most intimate project yet. Though I feel as though I was chosen to tell this story, I also feel as if it is important in today's atmosphere to share. It is important to my community as a black woman, based on homophobic fears, and misconceptions, as well as my community as a lesbian woman, based on division, and lack of inclusion. This is a short, yet powerful view from someone who embraces themselves and everything about them. Through her eyes, through my eyes. Enjoy."
B. Danielle Watkins, author, screen-writer, and film maker, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Buffalo she was exposed to many different variations of the arts including stage, and film. She began writing at the age of 9 starting with poems and short stories. In 2000, at the age of 15, Ms. Watkins had her first poem published in
Come meet B. Danielle Watkins in Paducah, Kentucky on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 1 PM as she will be taking part in our "Artist Meets Audience" Filmmaker Q & A.
With these many projects underway Watkins has proven that being a novelist was just the beginning. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a Graduate of Winston Salem State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. With whom she held many positions, including a state executive board officer for the state of Nevada. For more please go to www.bdaniellewatkins.com.
Currently, Ms. Watkins is the writer/creator of a new web series entitled "Sinful Paradise", the writer of a LGBT web series based on the novel by Natalie Simone entitled “Girls Just Don’t Do That”, as well as the writer and producer of the upcoming short film compilation “One Night”, which deals with trending topics in the LGBT community such as suicide, promiscuity, self-image, and isolation, and closing out 2015 with another religious LGBT theme short film entitled “I’ve Seen Love Die”. January of 2016 marked another mile stone when Ms. Watkins launched her own production company Dream N 1 Productions, LLC. Based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. In late 2016, Dream N 1 Productions produced its first major production (though Dream N 1 Productions, LLC houses “Kisses in the Wind” as well as “I’ve Seen Love Die” which screened at CSFF 2016.
the “Poetry Gems” Collection presented by The Famous Poets Society. Her first novel “No Other Man (A Three Part Tragedy)” was released eleven years later on August 26, 2011. “No Other Man (A Three Part Tragedy)” was followed in succession by “Redeye (Book Two in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”, “Forever Your Girl (Book Three in the No Other Man Three Part Tragedy)”, and “The Alyse Diaries Volume 1: Curious”; with the later released in August of 2014. In May of 2013 she was officially announced as the head of the Creative Writing Department for M.PoWeR Productions LLC, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In October of 2014 “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” premiered to a sold out crowd in Atlanta, Georgia. While “BlacButterflii: The Saigon Ruse Story” was in pre-production Watkins tried her hand at producing, writing, and directing a religious LGBT theme film entitled “Kisses in the Wind” which was screened at the 2015 Outreels Cincinnati Film Festival presented by the Cincinnati Film Society.