Reel Sisters Founder Discusses Opportunities for Women of Color in Hollywood


Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. Reel Sisters presents 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe each year. The festival has enriched the city with more than 900 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers. The groundbreaking festival has influenced other media organizations to launch initiatives that help Black women gain access to directing jobs in Hollywood and bring independent film projects to life.

This week, HBR had the chance to speak with the founder of Reel Sisters, Carolyn A. Butts, to discuss how Reel Sisters has been generating opportunities for women of color in film for almost two decades.

Check out the full interview on Hollywood's Black Renaissance.

Diamonde Williamson