'A'Dorian, Radical Self-Lover' directors Lacey Schwartz and Mehret Mandefro explain the importance of A'Dorian's story and the contagious nature of #BlackGirlMagic. [MUSIC] My name is Lacy Schwartz. I grew up in Woodstock, New York and I live in Montclair, New Jersey. I became a film maker because I love the impact that media can have on people. My name is Mehret Mandefro. I'm originally from Ethiopia. I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and I became a film maker because I believe storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to teach people. And I think it is a very powerful way to connect across divides. Our protection company's called Truth Aid for a reason, right? I mean, I think that telling the truth is a hard thing to do in general. So we look for those kind of difficult truths to tell in all stories. Adorean had a very impactful thing happen to her And I think something like that can happen and it either breaks you or it makes you stronger. She has incredible energy. I mean, we spent a lot of time looking at different people's stories and her story really took us because it was about how she really was able to not only turn her own story into Something positive, but to help other people do that as well. And so, the energy that she brings to Spaces is incredibly inspiring. And she has a lot of light. She just kind of radiates. She's a very buoyant spirit. Shooting this Black Girl and Magic piece has honestly been pretty magical. Getting these young girls together. We're here directing them, but we're really just here to witness their energy. And witness how they interact with each other, how they inspire each other. Beyond capturing [UNKNOWN] amazing energy, we're also partnering with a visual artist to help animate these images. Totally [UNKNOWN] out on this girl, her name is [UNKNOWN] I found her at Instagram and she's this young artist Best use, does this amazing digital drawings and it's just visually stunning. And I think it still makes us we're constantly trying to find ways of pushing convention and form and looking for interesting ways to marry ideas. So when we saw the visuals we were like this is this it totally excited us. Send, you know, just wanna work with her. And it felt like her actually process. I mean, she does it on her iPhone. She can bring still photographs, or still images to life, and it actually felt like what she was embodying, her process, and was black girl magic. Like it was actually visualizing what we saw black girl magic as. Yeah. She herself is a young girl, so it was just this idea of having all these young black Women liberating together yeah layering on top. We just love that idea.

Essence.com
Dec, 08, 2016