Screenwriter Adrianna Cherelle knows no boundaries. The 24-year-old Atlanta native is committed to boldly creating content that will ignite dialogue, aid Atlanta in fighting gentrification and homelessness and change the world.
Blossom: What stories are you most passionate about telling?
Adrianna Cherelle: Stories that give the voiceless a voice and make the unseen seen. Stories that start conversations about difficult topics like sex workers, mental health, abortion, misogynoir, etc., but at the same time bring people together to laugh and cry.
Blossom: Why do you create?
AC: I create for the people on Cleveland Avenue. I create for the generation of young creatives to come after me. I create because there have been wonderful black women before me that have paved the way for me to have a voice and express myself. I create because I would be a damn fool if I didn’t. It’s my passion that I’m using to fulfill my purpose here on earth.
Blossom: Tell us about your project “Architect Blues”?
AC: This film is a call for black women to be the architect’s of their lives. We follow Imara, who is getting her Master’s degree in Urban Architecture but her main goal is trying to figure out her own personal blueprint. She is silent the entire movie because I wanted to symbolize the isolation of the black woman’s experience. We are a double minority and a lot of our pain is misunderstood. We follow Imara as she observes the different black women around her and hopefully what she sees inspires her to work on her own blueprint.
Blossom: Why do you think the world needs “Architect Blues” now?
AC: Because there is so much bull**** going on in the world right now. This is the most turmoil our generation has gone through and if you look on social media mostly and in the community, black women are leading a lot of sh*t! Black women created #BlackLivesMatter, we [campaign] so hard for the wrong doing of our black men, we fight along white women who only see us as allies when it benefits them. “Architect Blues” tells black women it’s okay to take your cape off sometimes. Black women have to fight for themselves the same way we fight for everything else in the world. We have to make us a priority.
Blossom: How do you want people to be changed by watching “Architect Blues”?
AC: Women are always fighting a good fight, a tiring fight, an everlasting fight. When do we take the time to get to know ourselves personally? We, especially black women, always have to over compensate for ourselves because society uses and abuses us. Architect Blues is a nod to black women saying “I see why you can’t work on yourself because of all the bullshit going on but you have to understand you deserve to give yourself that time and space to get to know you and take care of you.” That’s the call to action. It’s okay to be selfish. That selfishness leads to selflessness.
Blossom: How can we watch your project?
AC: You all get this news early! We will be screening at Screening Room ATL June 14th. We haven’t put it online yet because we are doing the film festival run. However, the end goal is to have it on a streaming service. Wink. Wink.
Blossom: What’s next for you?
AC: I’m writing a web series that I plan to shoot early fall about a certain kind of sex worker. It’s a ballsy comedy. No pun intended. Next for me, is branding myself as a badass screenwriter. I want to continue to create art that sparks change in people’s lives and the world.
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