BGN Girl: Anissa Cooper

My name is Anissa Cooper and I am a 17 year old filmmaker. I currently work with Lil Filmmakers, an independent movie production company ran by youth. I joined Lil Filmmakers in 2009 as the co-writer of the short horror film Formula X. And as they say, the rest was history. From there I caught the bug. I decided that I couldn’t get enough of making movies so I ventured off into other fields of filmmaking. Along with writing our first full length feature film, Unwanted Behavior, I made the brave decision to helm the anti-bullying film. During the process of filming I learned a lot about myself. I also learned what I needed to change in order to be successful in the film industry.

My life changed in an instant when I decided to be a director because I was also deciding to become a leader. Nothing was easy about the job, but I have never been happier than when I was behind the camera. After Unwanted Behavior, I took on more projects. During the school year, I volunteered as an assistant film instructor for Lil Filmmakers’ after school program. With that opportunity I managed to make a short PSA on how the media affects the way young girls see themselves called I Love Being Me. Two years later, I began working on our first feature film, Erudition along with my writing partner Jakim Lett. Erudition is a dramatic thriller about a war weary society that elects a new leader with an unorthodox approach to ending violence and poverty; banning books and independent thinking.

Erudition was written with the idea in mind that knowledge is the starting point to fulfilling your destiny. A fulfilled destiny brings happiness to people. We wanted to utilize humanistic ideas in modern, innovative ways. Currently, I am a writer, director, producer and editor for Lil Filmmakers. I also serve as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Lil Filmmakers, Janine Spruill . I must say I have certainly moved up in the world. Aside from trying to become the best filmmaker I can possibly be, I am also a senior at Bodine High School for International Affairs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have big dreams and an even bigger imagination. I’m one of those teen- aged girls that believes what I do will change the world. I aspire to be some one that will inspire others.

I don’t live in a fairytale world where I think everything that I dream to have will magically appear in front of me. I live in a world understanding that if I work hard enough to actually create that magic, it will happen. I’m not the average teen filmmaker. I don’t limit my art to just my surroundings, I take it beyond the horizon. With my pen, I go to places in my dreams and meet people I’ve only read about.

I make movies with the purpose of changing lives. If that makes me nerd, then so be it.



Unwanted Behavior trailer-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNONgfPMzPM  

Jamie Broadnax

Jamie Broadnax is the writer and creator of the niche blogsite for nerdy women of color called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has written for Madame Noire, is the VP of Digital for the SheThrives Network, and was named part of The Grio's Top 100. In her spare time enjoys live-tweeting, reading, writing, and spending time with her beagle Brandy.

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Author: Jamie Broadnax

Jamie Broadnax is the writer and creator of the niche blogsite for nerdy women of color called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has written for Madame Noire, is the VP of Digital for the SheThrives Network, and was named part of The Grio's Top 100. In her spare time enjoys live-tweeting, reading, writing, and spending time with her beagle Brandy.

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  1. Go Anissa! Stay encouraged and I look forward to seeing what you do in the future!

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  2. I love you mom!

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