Today I spoke with Armando Ibañez (he/him),Kryzz Gautier (she/her) and Tamara Yajia (she/her) from The Disruptors Fellowship. Representation is fundamental but many fellowships fall short of inclusion. The Disruptors Fellowship is a partnership with 5050by2020 and The Center for Cultural Power, it is a program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.
The disruptors are Armando Ibañez who is an undocumented queer filmmaker from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Kryzz Gautier is a queer, Afro-Latina writer/director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Tamara Yajia is an Argentine writer and comedian who immigrated to the U.S with her parents as a kid.
They get mentored beginning to end of script writing and pitching. With mentors and panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).