Seven Questions with Ericka Nicole Malone

Ericka Nicole Malone is the writer and director of Dreams from the Edge, a film about a young girl auditioning in Hollywood and trying to be in different productions. She’s rising and falling yet has a mother who used to be an actress. She’s negative towards her daughter and doesn’t want her to actually dream because she doesn’t think that it is worth it because it didn’t work for her. However, despite her mother’s negativity, she helps her mother find her path again in life.

1. Who are your film influencers?

Nora Ephron, Spike Lee, Ava Duvernay, Stephen Spielberg

2. What are the toughest aspects of making a film today?

I think the toughest aspect of making a film is financing. In my experience my Co-Executive Producer and I had the ability to finance our own projects which made it easier to gain distribution and to get a seat at the table. If you create your own doors, then walking into opportunities is possible.

3. Best advice you’ve received as a filmmaker?

“Trust your vision. Don’t give up.”

4. What does it mean to you to be a Black filmmaker or to create films with black stories or characters.

It means the freedom to create a world that humanizes us in a very beautiful way. In “Dreams From The Edge” I created a character of a young Black girl breaking through Hollywood which was reminiscent to the dreams of Emma Stone’s character in “LaLa Land”. I wanted to show the independence and whimsical notions of a young woman wanting more yet not being afraid to flourish through the many challenges that confront her…but in Black.

5. What does it mean to you that your film is on Aspire TV and other platforms?

It means everything to me that these are networks and platforms I value and honor so much, so to have our film on these platforms is wonderful. Black representation on film matters and is essential to pushing positive images forward. This is truly a dream come true.

6. Advice you would give the next gen following you?

Value people, value life, value your words, value your vision and the rest will follow.

7. Are there any inspirational films, articles or books that you would recommend to go deeper into the topics and themes in your film?

Yes, I would watch the film “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Dr. Maya Angelou as there is so much heart in that film and the message was so clear. It helped me to find the “heart” in my writing. I would also watch “Pursuit of Happyness” the film as well as read the book. The message is clear…no matter how hard it is to reach a dream, never give up. That’s the message I want to leave in this film.