#WeMatter is a short film that strives to highlight the growing epidemic of police violence against people of color. We hope that by focusing on the human aspect of the issue--the hurt, frustration and often the feelings of hopelessness, the importance of changing a system that allows these actions to flourish, can be thwarted. We hope that our film not only elicits an emotional response and encourages conversations of change, but inspires action.
Sherrie Quannea Director
Isaac Diaz Writer
Sherrie Quannea Writer
Isaac Diaz Producer
Sherrie Quannea Producer
Sherrie Quannea’s love affair with the art of story telling is a long and storied tale (see what we did there) and her love of a good (or bad story if well told) is true. Although her journey into the world of entertainment began in front of the camera, she was always interested in the action behind the scenes.
After directing her first theatrical scene during graduate school Sherrie was hooked. Since then she has gone on to direct several theater pieces, hundreds of short form and new media projects, award winning web-series', high profile live events as well as a few National television commercials.
Sherrie studied Political Science at Grambling State University, an HBCU. She then went on to earn her M.A. in Political Science from California State University Northridge and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Ben’s personal film projects often feature his ongoing preoccupation with the themes of identity and memory. Most notably Apricot, Some Static Started and Castor & Pollux. The films went on to gain notoriety for Briand with Apricot garnering a huge online cult following upon release, eventually being voted Best Narrative film on Vimeo by a community of over 3 million users. The same year he received a nomination for Best Director by the Australian Director’s Guild for Some Static Started.
His coming of age noir short film Blood Pulls A Gun had it's world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in competition for the Grand Jury Award. He was then awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne International Film Festival along with a Best Director nomination by the Directors Guild of Australia. Follow up screenings included the BFI London Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
He has directed commercial projects in France, Australia and USA for brands Qantas, LGBT, Schweppes, Asahi and Playboy Fragrance to name a few. He has won numerous awards including the Silver SHOTS Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival followed by the New Director Award at Adfest. Recently his short film featuring Brazilian ballet dancer Ingrid Silva won Cannes Silver Lion for Film Craft, a Gold for Best Direction at the Epica Advertising awards and took out the Grand Prix and Gold for Best Branded Content Film at the European Cristal Advertising Awards. Other commercial projects he directed have picked up numerous awards including Spikes, Clio’s and two Silver Medals at the Phoenix Awards and a Gold at the New York Festivals’ International Advertising and Television and Film Awards.
He continues to work on unique commercial and feature film projects.
“#WeMatter" has been the culmination of a long time desire to do more narrative work. Specifically, something that will not only allow Sherrie to incorporate her social activism but hopefully create something that can be impactful as well.