14 Year-Old Filmmaker Nominated for NAACP Image Award for “The Power of Hope” Short Film

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You’re never too young to make a film!

That’s the message from Kalia Love Jones, a 14 year-old whose short film “The Power of Hope” has been nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

She’s the youngest filmmaker ever to be nominated for the honor.

After watching a speech from First Lady Michelle Obama, Kalia was inspired to write, direct and produce “The Power of Hope.”

It tells the story of a young woman who aspires to be an architect but feels helpless when her mother get sick. She then listens to a speech by Michelle Obama to find courage and motivation to keep going.

“I’m really happy that the film is finally getting out there,” says Kalia. “That was my goal, what I wanted to do was get the film out there to a lot of people, especially people my age. I’m just really happy that it’s getting a lot of attention.”

Kalia even co-wrote the film’s song and funded the project with her own money to prove to her dad that she was a serious filmmaker!

We love the idea of finding creative inspiration in a speech or an influential figure in society. Kalia says she is also inspired by powerful women like Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will air live on BET on March 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET.

You can find out more about Kalia’s short film “The Power of Hope” at its official Instagram page and website!

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