Women took home some of the converted awards including Anne Wheeler who received the award for Best Direction for her television movie Stop The Wedding and Ann Marie Fleming who won Best Direction of an Animation Program or Series for Window Horses.
The award for Best Picture Editing of Dramatic Series went to Jane Morrison The Romeo Section – Our Future World, and many more awards went home with many of the incredible women working in this highly competitive industry here in BC.
One of the highly talented women up for an award this year was Nicole G Leier, for her stellar performance in Black Chicks which walked away with two Leo Awards from their five nominations. Winning Best Screenplay (Neil LaBute) and for Best Actor (David Cubitt)!
We were thrilled to grab a few words with Nicole on the award-winning project and the team:
What was it like working with American playwright Neil Labute?
He is truly a genius, and I am so honoured to have worked with him on this project. The truth is he writes the words, I just said them. What an amazing writer. My co-star David Cubitt is SO talented and most of all he is SO Cool.. he was so generous with his time. I will never forget working on this project with such an amazing soul.
Share with BLUSH readers your preparation for Black Chicks.
To make this film happen, I worked with Larry Moss and Matthew Scott building my character and mapping out what story I wanted to share. I am looking forward to letting people see this passion film now, and I hope they enjoy the story.
Who worked with you to make Black Chicks?
My husband Brendan Uegema was the cinematographer for Black Chicks film. Brendan recently finished Van Helsing and is now shooting the CW & Netflix series, Riverdale. We had a very special crew that helped make this film happen. Our crew not only helped to make this dream project come true, but they take care of my husband and I day in and day out on set. I love them all, and they are a huge part of our family.
What is in the future for Black Chicks?
We just premiered at the San Francisco Black Film Festival where the film was extremely well received. There will be many more festivals to come as the year continues so keep your eye on the Black Tree Pictures and Black Chicks Facebook pages for more updates.
Before you leave the red carpet, any thank-you’s that you want to share?
Thank you to the huge team that makes the Leo Awards happen each year – Walter Daroshin, Sonny Wong, and the amazing volunteers. I am so honoured to be able to celebrate our community of amazing filmmakers, and I am so very proud to be a part of it.