In this episode of Directing Magic; the co-writer and lead actress of the Sundance Film Festival movie PREMATURE. They discuss her collaboration process with Rashaad Ernesto Green, creating characters that feel like our younger selves and how she managed being both the co-writer and actor of the film.
Zora Howard is a Harlem-bred multidisciplinary creator and performer. Her work with filmmaker Lisa Russell to turn her original poem “Biracial Hair” into a short film won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity in 2009. Since then, her work, both as a performer and writer, has been showcased on HBO, TV One, PBS, and NBC. In 2010, she was named the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of New York City by the Mayor’s Office of New York. On stage, her performance art has given her the opportunity to perform at such venues in New York as the Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as internationally. Her first feature film Premature, which she co-wrote with filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green and starred in, was an official selection for the 2019 Sundance NEXT competition. Zora currently teaches Writing for the Stage and Screen at the Harlem School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Yale University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego.
This episode was sound edited by Abba Mellon as a part of her instruction at The University of Alabama.