Film Fatales
Shari Carpenter
Shari with camera

Writer/Director Shari Lynette Carpenter says she came out of the womb with pencil in hand. She’s joking, of course, but Carpenter is a born storyteller. She started her film career as a script supervisor, a position that provided the opportunity to work with A list directors, producers, DPs and actors, including Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Jonathan Demme, Forest Whitaker, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Robert DeNiro, among many others. While still script supervising, Carpenter began making a series of her own award winning short films including Since Lisa and Eye Wonder and music videos. Her feature directorial debut, Kali’s Vibe was a national and international festival favorite also garnering several Jury, Audience and Vision awards. Carpenter was commissioned to direct a PSA for Proctor and Gamble’s “My Black is Beautiful” campaign specially created to air during BET’s Black Girls Rock awards show. She directed the music video ‘We Are the Ones’ written by and featuring Tituss Burgess. Carpenter is a Rockefeller grant nominee, a Gordon Parks award nominee, a Black Filmmaker Hall of Fame and a Black American Cinema Society award winner, an ABC Writer Development Fellow, an ABC Daytime Directing Apprentice and an IFP Project Involve: NY Fellow. She has written articles for Creative Screenwriting, Filmmaker, Cineaste and Essence magazines and is a Cinematic Arts mentor for The National YoungArts Foundation.