Dio Anthony, Writer
Dio is a self-confessed pop culture observer lending his expertise in story telling to various aspects of the entertainment industry as a former TV Columnist and Features Editor for Bello Mag and Editor, PUBLIC.
An avid television viewer, and columnist with a profound knowledge of the history of American TV & film, he has reported for many of entertainment’s top online-news sites.
A connoisseur of old-timey sitcoms from Hollywood’s golden age and on, he believes the answers to life lie in a very well crafted scene.
Rosser Goodman is an award-winning director whose work can be seen on Netflix, Hulu, The Sundance Channel and PBS. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Goodman is an active member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Film Fatales, SeeJane.org, the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America. She has worked both in front of the camera and quite extensively behind the camera. Ms. Goodman’s professional career began on the NBC set of a television series produced by Stephen Spielberg. With a passion for story-telling and a hunger for how movies got made, Ms. Goodman began writing, directing and shooting scripts of her own and winning awards. Over the last two decades, Ms. Goodman has directed and produced successful independent films as well as collaborated on commercials for brands such as Facebook, Castrol, Lifelock, Chevron, Lee and PetSmart. She was chosen by Take the Lead as an inaugural member of the 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment initiative in 2018. Her humanitarian efforts include Diamond in the Raw, an organization assisting at-risk girls where she earned "Board Member of the Year." In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation which eradicates homophobia through all media.
Rosser Goodman, Director
Shia Shabazz Smith, Writer
Shia strives to ensure that her works, her art, and her service represent her many communities-at-large.
Shia has completed seven feature-length screenplays, one of which earned finalist placement in the Moondance and Tribeca All-Access competitions; and twice advanced in Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab competition. Her directorial debut film, "Kids and Caffeine on a Mundi," ranked in the top ten in Austin CineMaker’s “Make a Film in a (M.A.F.I.A.) Weekend” contest and screened at the Austin International Super 8 Film Festival. Shia's first short film, Curdled, has screened at eight film festivals, internationally.
A widely published poet, Shia is a Cave Canem Fellow, a VONA participant and a member of The Austin Project: Experiments in the Jazz Aesthetic. Current projects include an eighth feature-length screenplay, two TV series projects, and a second full-length poetry collection, Vanishing Womb, which explores the traumas of losing a mother to Dementia.
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Sherry Kelly, Producer
While working on the Paramount Pictures studio lot as an Assistant to the then Chairman of Viacom Entertainment Group, I first became aware of the news reports about LGBT kids being bullied - sometimes to the point of death and all too often by suicide.
After learning the facts of the harsh reality of homeless LGBT youth: over 700,000 experience homelessness each year and at least 1500 commit suicide each year. l still have a hard time wrapping my head around 1 homeless LGBT youth dies in the streets every 4 hours. 6 die everyday from lack of shelter, lack of food, lack of healthcare and street violence. Take your pick.
Overlooked, marginalized and dying in plain sight, I quickly realized these kids needed someone to tell their story.
A Place Called Home was born. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll get pissed off. You'll give a damn.