Q.U.E.E.N. tells the story of a teenage GIRL with a troubled past who uses her gift of RAPPING to transform herself. An NYU Tisch pre-thesis short film.
Brittany Fennell
New York City, New York
United States
1 Team Member


In 15 minutes, Q.U.E.E.N. explores the themes of identity, sexuality, abuse, expression, and more importantly healing. Q.U.E.E.N. follows a sixteen year old teenager named IMANI who struggles to find her voice. Through the different relationships  with her mother, good friend Zoe, and school teacher Ms. Visovsky, we enter Imani’s interior world.  

Imani uses writing as her muse to say all the things she is too afraid to say.  Through self discovery and a little bit of courage, Imani faces her biggest fear at a rap battle. She finally tells her mother about an event that has been haunting Imani for three years. For the rest of the story, you have to watch it!


This story inspires me because I believe wholeheartedly in women and young girls telling their stories. It is important to me that men, children, but especially, women and young girls, understanding the importance of releasing their pain and living out their life’s purpose.

In high school, I remember vividly writing for hours about school, boys, puppy love, things that intrigued me, and so many other things that pained me too. I rarely shared my thoughts with anyone.

I want to paint a different reality for Imani. Although her past is a little different than mine, I strongly believe in young girls and women realizing that they are more than their painful experiences and broken relationships, they too, can be victorious.


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We are trying to raise $12,000 in 50 days through this campaign. The production will  take place in New York. Shooting a film in New York is an expensive deal. We are hiring an NYU based production crew. The crew members are generous enough to work at no cost or at a minimal student rate. Without their generosity it would be impossible to keep the budget within $12K range.  NYU gives us a full package of light and grip equipment which is awesome! We are trying to work with a talent agency and location owners to help us by offering a student rate. But we still need finances to cover 

  • Location Fees (MAKE IT LOOK REAL!) --- ($1500-$2500)
  • Meals & Craft services for the cast and the crew (ENERGY!) -- ($1500-$2000)
  • Props & Costumes (PRODUCTION VALUE!) -- ($500)
  • Transportation Expenses (GOT TO GET THERE!) -- ($1500-$2000)
  • Equipment Rentals (EXTRA STUFF!) -- ($500-$700)
  • Insurance & Permits (DARN THINGS!) -- ($500-$700)
  • Titles (WONDERFUL THINGS!) -- ($100-$400)
  • Sound Design, Composition -- ( YOU HAVE TO HEAR THE SOUND, RIGHT?!) ($500-$1000)
  • Distribution (REACH OUT!) -- ($1000-$2000)

Please CONTRIBUTE and help us cover these expense. In return, we are giving away a lot of exciting PERKS. Take a look at the column to your right. Exciting, right? :)

If you decide to donate please keep an eye out for your perks (including some good karma). No hide and seek! Meanwhile check the Facebook page for updates. We will be casting, location hunting, rehearsing, storyboarding soon - and all that news will be posted on the Facebook page. Do write to us and share your ideas about IMANI, and girls like her. Can't wait to hear from you! 

There's always a way!

If you are a bit stretched financially and cannot contribute right now we understand. As long as you believe in IMANI, you can help us in many other ways. You can promote our short film by sharing our campaign on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Check out Indiegogo's sharing options at the bottom of this page. You can -

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(fondly called Queenies)

  • WRITER & DIRECTOR: Brittany Fennell
  • PRODUCERS: Samantha Chamberlee, Rezwan Shahriar Sumit, 
  • Reiana Essex-Simmons
  • 1st ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Stephanie Donnelly
  • 2nd ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Stuart Segal
  • ASSISTANT CAMERA: Ayana Enomoto-Hurst
  • GAFFER: Felipe Martinez Vara Rey
  • SOUND MIXER: Faraday Okoro
  • GRIP & ELECTRIC: Lee “Jung” Woo 
  • SET PHOTOGRAPHY: DeShaun Wright 



Brittany graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English. She hails from Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently, she is a second year graduate student at New York University majoring in Film and Television. But her concentration is writing and directing. She uses film as an outlet to express the different ideologies, views and beliefs that shape the world. 

In her films, she strives to pose questions about identity, society, culture and history, in order to educate people about the lives of men, women, and children everywhere. It is very important to her that under-represented people are shown in film, media and television.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sheldon grew up in a Cantonese family with parents who fled Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon. It was not until high school that his interest in films began developing - a feat he owes to both his drama teacher and artist uncle - and where he began realizing the power of storytelling.

Inspired by his parents’ tale of survival, Sheldon delved into the art of filmmaking and completed several personal films about his family in addition to gaining experience as a cinematographer. Always driven visually, Sheldon is now currently pursuing an MFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also really likes pineapple buns.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, Samantha is a former secondary school teacher. After graduating from Spelman College, she was recruited by Teach For America, a non-profit committed to eliminating educational inequality. As a TFA corps member she taught 7th grade English in New York and then went on to teach in London. Her interest in media and activism brought her to Democracy Now!, a grass roots independent news program, where she worked for five years before joining the NYU Grad Film Program. As an MFA candidate she has directed 3 films and produced 3 student shorts. She is currently developing a web series, producing 2 shorts and dancing with squirrels.


Sumit is pursuing an MFA in film directing/producing as an NYU Tisch graduate film student. He is also a Berlinale Talent selected back in 2008 by the Berlin International Film Festival. His previous short-films include Moon Fairy, Trick-or-Treat, Robots R Human, City Life and Forever Young. His films have been showcased in different European festivals. He has a BBA in marketing from IBA, University of Dhaka. Before coming to New York, he worked with Western Union as a Marketing Executive. He recently founded mypixelstory with an aim to promote indie/grassroots art of Bangladesh globally.


“When love meets skill, expect a masterpiece.” This is the mantra that emerging director and producer Reiana lives by. As she strives to establish herself as an indelible voice throughout film, television, and media, Reiana seeks to produce content that boldly tests the limits of creativity and artistry.  A proud alum of Howard University (B.A. ’10), Reiana currently resides in Singapore, where she is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Film at the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Reiana is in a state of constant creation and has several projects in development in conjunction with her company Flip the Script Productions. She is in post-production for her latest short film "Chocolate City" which was filmed in Guangzhou, China in early 2013.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read our project details. Hope it was inspiring. Check back on us for further updates. We are counting on your CONTRIBUTION! :)

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