Yvette Phoenix Joseph
Writer * Producer * Costume Designer
I am a writer, director, producer and voice actor based out of Brooklyn, New York, originally from Wilmington, Delaware. I have worked in the fashion industry for many years, but film is my passion. I recently produced, starred, and served as a costume designer for Harlem Love, which features Sonia Sanchez as the poet and voice for the film. Presently I embarking on my own personal journey as a filmmaker to write, direct, and executive produce my film, Don’t Forget to Breathe.
The youngest of two daughters of a single mother -- with my mother always working and my older sister buried in her books, I found entertainment in TV anthologies of the 80’s and 90’s, such as The Ray Bradbury Theater, The Outer Limits, and reruns of the classic shows The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock presents, and Night Gallery series.
My sister infused her love for thrillers when one day she was reading Night Shift by Stephen King. I curiously asked her what the story was about and she read her the story from cover to cover. I was hooked! As she continued reading to me my imagination began to fill with stories from psychological thrillers/horror masters like Wes Craven, John Carpenter, and V.C. Andrews.
My goal as an emerging black female filmmaker is to create and produce films that dispel the belief that female writers don't have a place in science fiction writing which contributes to the current status of this male-dominated genre. Creating content that aims to expand the viewership of women and people of color who do not frequently see themselves portrayed in this genre.