Congratulations to Natalie Jasmine Harris '20 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) who was recently named one of the fellows in the Outfest 2021 Screenwriting Lab.
This year, Outfest has partnered with Netflix via its Fund for Creative Equity for the 2021 Screenwriting Lab. Natalie will join 10 other fellows in the lab to develop projects for film or TV. They will be mentored throughout this process, by notable LGBTQ+ showrunners.
Natalie Jasmine Harris is a Black queer filmmaker based in NYC. Her creative work often exists within the coming-of-age genre, which she views as an essential tool to re-imagine liberation for young girls, the Black community, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Natalie received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2020. Her thesis film “Pure” received The 2020 Directors Guild of America’s Student Film Award, and is currently on the film festival circuit. Natalie is now adapting the short film for “Pure” into a feature-length film of the same name that is a 2021 recipient of The SFFILM Rainin Grant and was selected to be a part of this year’s Gotham Project Market and Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Her short films have received recognition from film festivals/organizations that include BFI Flare, Outfest (2021 Emerging Director Award Recipient), The Future of Film Is Female, Black Film Space, and more.