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“Jessie Maple is considered to be the first African American woman to direct an independent feature-length film, after working/training at Channel 13 and Third World Cinema, apprenticing as an editor on films like Shaft’s Big Score (1972), as well as handling camerawork and editing for New York’s ABC, CBS and NBC affiliate TV stations. WILL, shot on location in 1980s Harlem, focuses on Will (played by Obaka Adedunyo), a girls’ basketball coach fighting through a heroin addiction, while mentoring a 12-year-old street kid, adopted by Will and his wife (played by Loretta Devine). WILL, shot on 16mm with a $12,000 budget, centers on Will, a down and out man who is trying to recover from a drug addiction.” —@indiewire #52FilmsByWomen #WomensHistoryMonth #WHM #WomenInFilm #WomenDirect #blackhistory #jessiemaple #cinematography #film #blackandwhite #lowbudget #harlem #eighties

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