Founded by Queen Latifah with Procter & Gamble and Tribeca Studios, Queen Collective was created to give women directors of color more opportunities in entertainment and advertising.
Cai Thomas is a documentary filmmaker telling verité stories at the intersection of location, self-determination and identity about Black youth and elders. She grew up in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood and is deeply interested in stories rooted in place. Her film "Queenie," which is about a Black lesbian elder, premiered at NewFest, winning the NY Short Grand Jury Award. She is a NeXt Doc and Sisters in Cinema Fellow as well as a Mellon Arts Practitioner Fellow at Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.
Arielle Knight is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and creative producer whose primary artistic impulse is simply to make less of what is too much and more of what is not enough. Mining the absurd, the mythological and the mundane, the work of her life and practice seeks to center and recover the multiplicity of Black experiences and the narrative possibilities therein. Through her own filmmaking practice and in collaboration with like-minded creators, Arielle aims to inundate the world with the dreams, visions and beauty of Black lives on screen. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the New School for Public Engagement, where she received an MA in Media Studies & Documentary Filmmaking. She has since produced work for audiences at Sundance, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Camden, BlackStar, Big Sky, Milwaukee and Sheffield Documentary film festivals. Her work has been sustained through the support of the Jacob Burns Creative Culture Fellowship, the NYC Women's Fund for Media in association with the New York Foundation for the Arts and Queen Collective.
Haimy Assefa is an Ethiopian-American documentary filmmaker and journalist. Her award-winning work as a director, cinematographer and producer can be seen on Netflix, CNN, and NBC News. An Emmy-nominated producer, she has been an integral member of digital video startups such as CNN's Great Big Story and NBC News's Left Field. Haimy is invested in telling stories about and from the perspectives of marginalized identities. Haimy is also developing a feature-length documentary about police torture and reparations.
Tina Charles is the epitome of the modern-day athlete. She's a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, eight-time All-WNBA player, seven-time All-Star, WNBA Rookie of the Year, WNBA MVP and current player for the Washington Mystics.
Off the court, Tina is becoming known as one of sports' most committed philanthropists. Tina is the founder of Hopey's Heart Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest through the placement of Automated External Defibrillators. Starting in April 2013, through the personal donation of her entire WNBA salary, the foundation has placed over 400 defibrillators to date.
Her debut film "Charlie's Records" premiered in the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and her successful partnership with Kevin Durant's The Boardroom highlighs WNBA players' off-court business endeavors.