LA'CHRIS JORDAN has spent the last fifteen years working as a playwright, actor and writer/director. For each project, La’Chris’ mission has been to create and share deeply personal and compelling dramas about Black and Indigenous women. Named by the Dramatists Guild as “One of the 50 Playwrights to Watch,” La’Chris was recently selected as a Fellow for the 2021 BIPOC Writers Fellowship created by The Writers Room 5050 and Level 4 Press. As an immersive storyteller, La’Chris is best known for her directorial drama debut, “January 14th,” which has been screened in 60+ film festivals worldwide and received 40+ awards and nominations, including an Africa Movie Academy Awards nomination for Best Diaspora Short Film.
A winner in the Script Lab’s Screenplay Contest, La’Chris’ TV pilots and features have placed in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Lab, Stowe Story Labs, MACRO Episodic Lab, Austin Film Festival and Atlanta Film Festival. A passionate advocate for gender equity, La’Chris is the program coordinator for #StartWith8Hollywood, a diversity, equity and inclusion program created by and for Black, Latina, Asian and Indigenous women working in entertainment. Born and raised in Oakland, California, La’Chris began her writing career as a journalist after studying communications at the University of Washington in Seattle. She spent several years abroad working as a journalist for The Gulf News in Dubai, UAE, before transitioning into theatre, film and television. La’Chris is the founder and content creator for BlackCinemadb.com, an online database of films from the Black and African Diaspora. She is currently adapting a horror feature script with a production company.
Inspired by real events of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, PINEY RIDGE is an hour-long dramatic series about a Black female sharecropper in 1930s Virginia who joins forces with local farm workers in an attempt to resist Big Money, Big Government and the special interests of the town’s ruling elite during the Great Depression.
ROSES IN THE WATER
A young woman in New Orleans decides to enlist in the U.S. military to improve her life and get out of poverty, but an unexpected pregnancy disrupts her plans. Inspired by true events.