Superpower Segment w/ Camille Tucker - Part 1

Episode 13,   Feb 18, 2021, 02:00 AM

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Camille discusses her experience with career delays (having written The Clark Sisters film 15 years prior to its release) and her battle with maintaining faith during the dark parts of her journey. She provides tips on how to not to let outward success dictate your inner happiness.

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Screenwriter Camille Tucker hails from Compton, CA, and is a daughter of the city—both her father and brother formerly served as mayor. As a girl, the elementary school she attended burned down, after which she was bused to an affluent, predominantly white private school in Palos Verdes, CA. There, she was constantly challenged to defend the negative characterizations of her hometown.

“I felt like I was bridging two worlds,” says Camille. “One where kids were dropped off in Benzes and Bentleys, and another that was wrongly stereotyped for gangs and violence. It was like being in a fish bowl. As an object of curiosity to my classmates, I became profoundly aware of my blackness.”

Things changed for Camille when she got her hands on the works of phenomenal, black women writers such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Ntozake Shange, Maya Angelou and Octavia Butler. Their written word inspired her and helped her to find her own voice. Camille began to write—poetry, songs, plays and eventually screenplays.

Today, Camille has sold screenplays to many of the major studios such as Sony, Universal, New Line Cinema, Fox TV and Disney, and has worked with producers such as Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Stacey Snider, Marc Platt, Todd Garner and Debra Chase. One of her most memorable experiences was co-writing the screenplay Golddiggaz with the late Oscar-nominated director, John Singleton, a friend and mentor.

Camille has produced and directed six short films. Her short, Cellular, won Best Short Narrative Film at Boston’s Roxbury International Film Festival.

In 2019, Camille was honored to be a finalist and the drama alternate in the prestigious Disney|ABC TV Writing Fellowship; and in 2018, she was one of eleven filmmakers selected in the Producers Guild of America Power of Diversity Workshop.

Camille is co-writer of the highly-anticipated biopic The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, airing at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 11, 2020 on Lifetime Television.

Camille holds an MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, an MA from Fuller Seminary, and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.



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