September 2021 Newsletter

Your Identity is you Superpower

September 2021                                           Issue  10                Vol.1

your identity is your superpower...

but it is not your only power. 

If you were to sit down and make a list of all the identities you hold, what would be on your list? Go ahead, write it out. You could probably come up with more layers if you give it more thought. We are made up of so many layers, and intersectional identities. As we navigate our lives, we have the opportunity to embrace different layers of our identity in different ways during different seasons of life.  What layers are you leaning into right now?  What ones are most significant to you as we sit here in 2021?

You get to choose which parts of yourself you really want to lean into at any time.  So, how do you lean into the most powerful parts of yourself?  Here are a few tips:

  • Take responsibility for the stories you hold around your identities

  • Call yourself by your titles - out loud in front of other people

  • Find people who share your identities and be in community with them

From the "Shameless Mom" podcast Episode 522: How to Lean into the Layers of your Identity.  

This month we're challenging ourselves to lean into who we are, in totality.  It's easy to get lost while checking those identity boxes on your grant and job applications, or when you're pitching your brand to an investor or new audience. Just remember, there are parts of you that are just as interesting, billable, and powerful than the boxes you check. 


and tell us what's on your list. 

Quincy G. Ledbetter is a filmmaker, musician, photographer, and artist from Brooklyn, New York by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. As a self-taught jack of all trades, Quincy excels in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and music composition. He has worked with notable organizations such as BET Networks, Paramount Players, NPR, Color of Change, Mashable,, HuffPost, Vox, and The New York Times.

Quincy's work in digital media has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards (2018 and 2021), a ASME Ellie Award for News Documentary (2018), an Emmy Nomination for Short Format Daytime Program (2017), and two Webby Awards (2016 and 2021).We asked Quincy a couple of questions about his work. Here's what he had to say:

MiFiLM: How would you describe your work and "your why"?Quincy: I work in a lot of mediums including writing, music, and visual art. Film gives me the chance to employ all of those mediums at once. I also just want people to feel good and create an opportunity for them to be transformed in a great way — I believe film is the best way to do that.

MiFILM: What is a project you're especially proud of and are excited to share with us?Quincy: These stills are from a film I'm working on called, SKIN MEMORIA. This is the most raw, ethereal, and transformative project I’ve ever made, and I’m continuing to build on it until it tells me it’s ready, which I hope is soon.

We're excited to welcome Quincy to the community! To keep up with Quincy and learn more about his work, follow him at @qledbetter and on his website 

Maya Cade is a screenwriter, Audience Strategist and self-proclaimed student of Black film history. Early last month she launched the Black Film Archive, "a resource she had been hoping  to discover for a long time", she says on her site.

is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming. 

We are so proud of Maya and hope you will discover a classic film to be cherished for years to come. 


PBS Wisconsin is hiring a History ProducerJob  Description:Join the PBS Wisconsin History and Production Services team as a History Producer. We seek a producer to both write and produce compelling, creative and informative long-form documentaries, short form broadcast and digital content. You'll work primarily on Wisconsin's history, including the state's diverse people. places, events and cultures. Requires three years professional experience, experience managing complex projects, and more.

Is this a remote position? NoApply here 

Half Initiative Production Assistant (PA) Intensive Program Application.Fall 2021 NYC.DEADLINE TO APPLY IS OCT 8, 2021 at 11pm PST.The Ryan Murphy Half Initiative PA Intensive provides access to mentorship, education and job opportunities with Ryan Murphy Productions. In an effort to create equal opportunities for women, BIPOC and minorities behind the camera, the PA Intensive provides an educational opportunity for emerging talent to learn how to be an episodic PA by training alongside PAs on a Ryan Murphy production; supporting and shadowing the crew at all levels of production with a mission to provide them with a skill set to become a viable hire in the world of television production. Clink the link to APPLYNOTE: This is unpaid. 

The Amber Ruffin Show is hiring Season 2 Positions include Showrunner Assistant, Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Graphic Designer, and Photo Researcher.To apply, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Resources & Grants

Deadline: October 8th, 2021 - Artist Grant initiative offers ten unrestricted awards of $2,500 each to recognize artists working in Chicago who may or may not be working within the mainstream art world. All art forms, art as defined by you, will be considered.

Deadline: October 10th, 2021 - Mirante Xique-Xique Research Residency

This residency program is geared toward visual artists, curators, writers, architects, cooks, environmentalists, and academics who are interested in living, creating, or having an immersion experience in the Chapada Diamantina. The program is research-oriented, and it welcomes those who can establish their own working conditions in the area.

Location: Chapada Diamantina, Brazil

Deadline: October 15, 2021Art Omi Residencies

Art Omi has five residency programs for artists (of all disciplines), writers, dancers and choreographers, architects, and musicians and composers. The program is located in the historic Hudson River Valley.

Location: Ghent, NY

Deadline: October 29, 2021Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency

This residency supports artists in Northern California who are in their early to mid-career stage with free studio space and up-to-date equipment to create new work in the time-based arts such as theater, performance, dance, movement, music, sound art, instrument invention, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Artists also receive a stipend of up to $1,500.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Deadline: November 1, 2021FORGE Fellowship

The 2021 FORGE Fellowship invites individual makers and small teams (of no more than three) at any point in their career or process to spend a year (February through January) digging in, getting curious, and defining success. Learn to articulate your work to fellow innovators, concoct creative solutions to today’s conundrums, and retrofit your process with guidance from FORGE and leaders in your field.

Location: New York, NYResidency Period: February 1–January 31, 2021

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live or online theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.Location: New York, NY

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A huge congrats to Branded Lab Fellows Brandon and Abraham on their continued success and brilliance! 


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