About Brianna Clay

Brianna Clay is a storyteller from Chicago who inspires change, fosters healing, and empowers underrepresented communities through art and content creation. She believes art is activism and sees storytelling as a vehicle for social change. In 2018 she co-directed the film Black Bones as a student at the Nate Parker Film Institute, which was screened at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

 

Brianna writes, directs, and produces stories that positively impact society by using film as a platform to raise awareness and cultivate empathy. She continues to work on projects that are a representation of the times and are often left untold.

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My Latest Projects

a story about love...

I suppose everyone has an "origin love story." The initial moment you believed in love and romance.

Images and clippings similar to the ones in this collection are my origin love story. They tell real stories of the beauty, warmth, complexities, and the individuality of love &, in this instance, black love ✨

I am grateful for it, and I owe so much to it. Though never perfect, I've always known love to be natural & magical. Whenever I'm filled by it, I have no choice but to create an ode to it.

-So, this project is dedicated to love because it is truly timeless 🖤✨

BREATHE 

Breathe is a short-curated documentary that uses footage of current and past protests and the voices of young African American people to address police violence, racism, and the recent murders of Black people in this country. It serves as a representation of the times in which we live, through the lens of young black Americans. 

"“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” - Toni Morrison.

BLACK BONES 

Black Bones is a short narrative that addresses the multi-generational trauma of an African American family that was forced to confront their grandparent's history of racial terror. Black Bones was accepted and screened at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. 

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COLORED 

Colored: A Love Letter to Black Women is the visual adaptation of Janita Matoke's Original Poem Honor and Pride. A celebratory piece to black women around the world. 

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