A feature documentary about the co-founders of the Black Voters Matter Fund, Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, the work they do to empower African American communities especially in the rural south, and the crucial role they played in the 2020 Presidential election and the 2021 Georgia Senate Runoffs.
Black Voters Matter will chronicle Cliff, April and LaTosha’s rise from aspiring acolytes to game changing civil right leaders as the founders of the Black Voters Matter Fund (BVMF) and the pivotal role they and their staff and team of community organizers played in turning Georgia blue during the Presidential election and getting not one, but two Democratic Senators elected in the January runoff. These three smart, funny, charismatic leaders and brilliant strategists will lead us on the crazy roller coaster ride that was the “unprecedented” 2020 election year and the insanity of January 6, 2021.
Daresha Kyi: Director/Producer
Daresha Kyi is an Emmy award-winning director who writes and produces film and television in Spanish and English. A graduate of NYU Film School, she is currently on the festival circuit with Mama Bears, her second feature documentary. In 2020 she shot her third documentary, Black Voters Matter, which is also in post-production. The film chronicles the work of the co-founders of the Black Voters Matter Fund and the role they played in flipping Georgia from red to blue. In 2018 Daresha was commissioned by the ACLU to direct Trans In America: Texas Strong, which garnered over 3.5 million views online, screened at SXSW, and won two Webby Awards and an Emmy for “Outstanding Short Documentary.” In 2017 she co-directed and co-produced her first documentary, Chavela, a multiple award-winner about iconic singer Chavela Vargas. Daresha’s films have been funded by ITVS, NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, BPM (as NBPC) and have screened and won awards at festivals nationally and internationally. This former A Blade of Grass fellow was also a member of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab, Women In Film & Sundance Institute, Film Independent, Breaking Through the Lens, Chicken & Egg Eggcelerator Lab, and Creative Capital cohorts.
Trevite Willis: Producer
Award-winning producer, Trevite Willis, has produced digital content projects, shorts and feature films since 1999. She has produced 7 feature films, including Cargo (2017 Amnesty International Human Rights Prize), Blood Bound, Maya And Her Lover, and Children Of God which had theatrical releases in the US, UK and The Netherlands, won 17 awards, and sold in 24 territories.
Ms. Willis recently served as executive producer on the Sundance 2020 award-winning film, Forty Year Old Version and has a number of projects in production including Listen To My Heartbeat and David v. Goliath.
In 2018, Ms. Willis launched the Southern Fried Film Festival in Huntsville, Alabama with fellow co-founder, Kelley Reischauer. She is currently in post-production on the 2020 political documentary, Black Voters Matter, following civil rights activists LaTosha Brown and Cliff and April Albright as they rallied voters in the general and Georgia’s U.S. Senate run-off elections.