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The Color in Grief - Cast & Crew Biographies

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

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Amber Hurt - Event Host

Amber Hurt aka The Adulting Queen is a Higher Education Professional in the DMV area. Amber pursued a Bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury in psychology and a Master's degree from Hofstra University in higher education and leadership policy studies.

Through her platform The Adulting Queen she inspires adults to live their authentic and purpose filled life.

Amber is super excited to host The Color in Grief watch party because she saw Antreise through all of the stages of her film and it is finally here for the world to see!

Antreise Lacey- Director & Writer of The Color In Grief

Antreise Lacey is a Colorado Springs, Colorado native. With a background in theater, Lacey never saw herself falling in love with film until she got accepted into the Youth Documentary Academy. During her time in YDA she wanted to explore how the representations of light and dark skinned African American women play into damaging and destructive stereotypes and injure self-esteem. Lacey enlisted six young women, friends, and peers, to weigh in on the issue of the terms “light skin” and “dark skin” for her short documentary SHADE.

Following YDA, SHADE was picked up at several film festivals: The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, All American High School Film Festival, the Scout Film Festival and a congressional screening in Washington D.C. Recently, Lacey’s film SHADE was packaged for a new Rocky Mountain PBS series called “Our Time”.

Since going through YDA, Lacey has gone on to hone her skills in cinematography, producing and directing at Hofstra University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Video/Television & Film. During her time at Hofstra , Lacey has interned with Here & Now at ABC News and with Inside Edition at CBS. Being a 2020 graduate didn’t stop her either, Lacey is happy to currently be employed as a Film Distribution Coordinator for 1091 Pictures.

Lacey’s current goals include continuing to create films and falling in love with her craft.

Raven Cordice- Producer of The Color in Grief

Raven Cordice, is an up-and-coming director and producer from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Hofstra university in 2018 with a bachelor of science in video, television and film production. While at Hofstra, her experiences included interning for a Pittsburgh tv station, a local casting director, being a Production Assistant for the movie Faith Under Fire and Where’d You Go Bernadette and various other roles for many student led films. After graduating Raven worked in background casting for the Netflix show Mindhunter. Following Mindhunter, she started working at Grant Wifley Casting as a background casting assistant for HBO’s The Deuce S3 and Comedy Central’s Awkwafina. Since then, Raven has transitioned on to working at AMC Networks where she is currently a Coordinator in Media, Strategy and Planning for WE tv. Raven’s goals are to add on further to her current 3 television credits and own her own production company, aiming to become a top director and producer in the industry.

Stephan Hatchett- Assistant Director for The Color in Grief

I am currently a Senior at Hofstra University, hailing from the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois; pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Video/Television Production & Film and a minor in Marketing. During my time at Hofstra University, I have been an active member of the student run television station: the HEAT (Hofstra Entertainment Access Television) Network and a crew member for some student productions. Outside of school, I have been working with a new and upcoming production company, Lost Lion Film Studios, as a writer for their short films department and an upcoming YouTube series. I am currently writing my first feature length film in my final year of film school, and the process is going better than I had anticipated! It's been a blessing to be a part of this team of passionate filmmakers to create this movie, so I hope you all enjoy The Color in Grief.

Blake Z. Larson- Cinematographer for The Color in Grief

Originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, Blake Z. Larson is an award winning director of photography. His work has been shown at film festivals across the country and around the world and his work on music videos has been viewed millions of times worldwide. Blake holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University, where he worked as a teaching assistant for cinematography classes during his undergraduate career. He currently is working in the casting department on his second Netflix feature film.

Ziwen Zhu- Colorist of The Color in Grief

Ziwen Zhu, the colorist of The Color In Grief, is from Jiangsu, a coastal Chinese province north of Shanghai. Ziwen is a skilled and experienced Video Editor, Colorist, and Director of Photography committed to creating extremely detail-oriented and high-quality content. She is a 2020 graduate who earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Video/Television & Film at Hofstra University, where she gained strong technical skills, including lighting, shooting, sound mixing, and video editing. During her time at Hofstra, Ziwen heavily involved in the HEAT network's television productions and assumed responsibility as the cinematographer for several senior thesis film productions.

Frances Shirley- Producer of The Color in Grief

Hometown: Bowie, MD now residing in NY

Job Position(s): Library Researcher for Inside Edition and Production Assistant for The Buzz on BuzzFeed

Career Goal: Show-runner for own original series

Kadeem Adrian- Casting for The Color in Grief

Kadeem Adrian hails from Brooklyn, NY. Primarily an actor during his formative years, Kadeem put his instincts to the test when assisting with casting for The Color in Grief. Kadeem is currently living in NYC, honing his craft(s) in acting, writing, producing, etc.

Mikiesha Kelly- Graphic Designer for The Color in Grief

Originally from Albany, NY, Mikeisha Kelly is currently the Creative Director at The Armory Foundation located in New York, New York. In 2019, she graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Mikeisha is driven by creative projects, collaboration, and being able to draw connections between her efforts and a client’s goal. With a background in digital arts and public relations, she is a creative online freelancer that provides graphic design, photography and brand consulting to small businesses.


Angella Katherine- Amiree

Angella Katherine BFA Acting ‘20, has played dynamic theatre roles, & continues to star in numerous feature & short films. The professional swimmer, mentor, singer, dancer, pageant Queen & model, plans to continue making strides towards excelling in the film/TV & theatre industry, by the grace of God! Off-Broadway: the she’s (The Public Theatre), Othello, (Brooklyn Lyceum), The Wolves, I Will Be Gone, Detroit 67, Is God Is, The New Margo (Brooklyn College) . IG @jawngella

Monica Henry- Talia

As a child growing up I have always been interested in acting, however it wasn’t until my senior year of high school when I broke out of my shell and landed the role as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella musical. Moving forward into my college career I kept fueling my acting interests by performing in MainStage productions year after year. However, it wasn’t until a year after graduating when I decided to become a full time actor. I am currently in New York pursuing my acting and modeling dreams. I get excited with each acting opportunity that arises because no two are ever the same. I continue to work at my craft and enjoy the growth each step of this wonderful journey.

LaVeda Davis- Dr.Sims

La Veda Davis is an actor, model, singer-songwriter and poet. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she got her start doing commercials and as a Stand In on the hit television show, “Miami Vice.” She attended MICA (Maryland Institute, College of Art) in Baltimore, MD., focusing on Printmaking and Fibers.

La Veda toured the west coast with her House Music debut project, “Sticky Nicky” in 2010. She has performed in Amsterdam, Paris, Seattle, NYC, Washington D.C., and South Beach for WMC (Winter Music Conference). Taking a break with music, she relocated back to NYC to pursue acting full-time in 2018, to pursue her passion. La Veda just signed with Long Island Models

Matt Moxam- Bryan

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