Avril Speaks is the producer of JINN, which recently had its world premiere at SXSW 2018 in Narrative Competition and won Special Jury Recognition for Writing.
Seeing a need for a broader selection of quality films, Avril's goal is to diversify the film market by creating unique films, and by educating and empowering aspiring filmmakers; thereby creating a movement consisting of media that represents the true, multi-dimensional qualities of people and speaks to the world. Committed to supporting women and filmmakers of color who tackle themes of family, community, social justice, and spirituality, Avril continues to work on interesting projects within film and television. She was an Associate Producer on the TNT docu-series AMERICAN RACE, and is currently one of the producers for the upcoming feature film, HOSEA. She is also in development on the IFP-supported South African feature film, AFRICAN AMERICA, as well as the film CAROLINE’S WEDDING, based on the short story by Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat. Avril is a Film Independent Producing Lab Fellow for the project NOOR, and she most recently worked as a production manager for Scripted Programming at BET Networks.
She earned her M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City and was a film professor for eight years before moving to Los Angeles. She earned a second masters in Theology and Film before deciding to leave academia to focus primarily on producing and directing. Avril has directed two feature films The Round Table, and the award-winning film Sophisticated Romance.