Alum Joyce Sherri Wins Slamdance Grand Prize

Monday, Oct 12, 2020

Joyce Sherri

Joyce Sherri

Alum Joyce Sherri’s Sweet Sixteen, her first feature screenplay, won the Grand Prize for screenwriting at Slamdance.

Sweet Sixteen centers on Sweet, a 15-year-old girl who tries to convince her parents to throw her a big sweet 16 birthday party, but money and family problems lead her down a destructive path.

In an interview with Variety, Sherri said, “Black people are not a monolith then neither are our experiences. There is more to us than racial trauma. Sometimes we just want something as simple as a first kiss or a sweet sixteenth birthday party. I wrote ‘Sweet Sixteen’ because I want to share a story that explores a universal rite-of-passage from an unfamiliar point of view.”

Read more at Variety.