By Nikkii Nakita
Courtney Glaude Houston’s very own film and movie director is breaking barriers and climbing all ceilings in the film industry. Glaude the decorated self taught film director with winnings for 2017 “ROW” and “Pit Stop.” Both are currently on the film festival circuit, with “Row” receiving recognition at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival (LASFF) for Best Drama 2017.
After an amazing partnership with AMC theaters for the past project “BLINK” the Houston Native newest series “AMYGDALA” inks a new partnership with the content vault “Vimeo”.
AMYGDALA reflects our 21st Century co-existence with society daily triggers such as school shootings, HIV, and domestic violence. “AMYGDALA” touched on topics that are currently constructing societies view of “everyday” events. For instance the episode “Al” starting “A different world” Charnele Brown. The episode “AL” highlights the importance of dealing and diagnosing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Or the episode Amber that focuses on the importance of mental health. Get to know the Houston film director disrupting the Hollywood film scene.
1.Who is Courtney at his core? I believe I am a storyteller. I love the fact that I am able to create original concepts and content to captive audiences worldwide.
2. When did you know that film was your passion? I’ve always known, but as a kid unfortunately I didn’t know that being a storyteller would turn into my passion and now purpose. As kid I was often disciplined for my many antics and storytelling capabilities, #Lying, lol. Now as an adult i have learned to wrangle my conception of storytelling into film producing.
3. Are you open to mentoring? Yes. I’m on a journey to open an high school and college credited arts facility in my old neighborhood. I’d like to give youth the tools and knowledge I didn’t have.
4. Tell us about your AMYGDALA? AMYGDALA is crazy. As the writer and director I still cringe when watching some of the stories. People are calling it 2018 twilight zone meets real life issues. Each episode tells it’s own story in 3-8 minutes. And every story has a topic that forces an open dialogue whether it’s about child abuse, HIV or teen depression.
5. Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years? 5 years? Having my films shown nationwide and partnering with great actors, directors and film makers.
6. What’s next for Courtney personally? Marriage! I’m ready! This streets getting crazy! Lol, but seriously my newest series AMYGDALA, which I believe will shake things up n the film industry as I continue to raise the bar.
7. What is a mantra that you live by? God has given you everything that you need. #Facts
8. How do you handle setbacks? Hard! But I don’t dwell long. When something is interrupting my journey I take a run listen to TD Jakes or John Grey to get a reminder of who I am and get back on track.
9. What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in film making? The are no rules. I’ll explain you create the lane you, you want to be in. You have the ability to make your very own rule! Because at the the of the day, *Bleep* the rules.
10. What advice would you give to that person who’s film is not doing so great and wants to give up? What does success really mean to you? Be thankful you finished a Film because most never get to see their ideas come to life. Now that your back to reality. Shut up and try again. Success means to me- being able to! Being able to- is simply unappreciated. ISimple!
11. What does it take to have a successful film career? Being able to strategically create your own platform, building a strong team around you, and most importantly be consistent.
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