BET Her and Tressa Smallwood of MegaMind Media came together to produce four original short films with Meagan Good, Naturi Naughton, Tichina Arnold, and LisaRaye McCoy, and many other directors.
“BET Her is dedicated to telling stories that support and celebrate Black women in front of and behind the camera as well as bringing awareness to important issues directly affecting the Black community. We are proud to be the platform for these powerful stories and the work that our female talent has put into these projects that are ever so timely. Partnering with Tressa, BET Her hopes to educate and empower our audience by continuing to provide a platform for women filmmakers who are trailblazers in the industry.” stated Lorisa Bates, VP, Content Strategy, Co-Productions & Multiplatform at BET.
Smallwood serves as executive producer where all of the series will be under the BET Her “Her Stories” franchise which is a platform that empowers the next generation of Black women filmmakers through a curated selection of original movies and documentaries.
Not only will the short films premiere in July, right in time for Minority Mental Health Month and October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The drama films are all written, directed, and produced by Black women who through their stories and are bringing awareness to issues affecting the Black community like the impact of breast cancer, mental health struggles, and domestic violence.
Shooting just began in Prince George’s County, Maryland where Meagan Good is directing the original film scripted by Ariel Driskell Thin, Like Me! and Naturi Naughton will direct Behind The Smile! which is written by Lori Conway Ray starting July 9th.