When After-School was Cool…

A first-generation American, born of Caribbean heritage in 1980’s East New York, Brooklyn, Tamika Guishard’s ultimate goal as a filmmaker is to foster a re-birth of the after-school special for today’s urban youth.  Her return to East New York as a seventh grade Social Studies teacher cemented Tamika’s desire to make realistic films that entertain, enlighten, and teach.

Tamika’s first feature screenplay “DiDE (D-Day,)” the adaptation of a drug dealer and his estranged, addict mother, was a finalist for the 2009 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab.  Her last project “Blind Date” kicked off the season finale of BET Networks’ Lens on Talent (1/17/10,) a short film showcase.

At this time Tamika is raising funds for her next film, a teaser for DiDE entitled “Jackie.” It is the story of an Ivy Leaguer raised in the New York City foster care system who meets her birth mother for the first time.  “Jackie.” examines what society asks of its youth—even after abandoning them.

Tamika is currently an NYU thesis film student residing in New York City.  She works as an educative Park Ranger at the African Burial Ground National Monument.  In producing the site’s first Teachers’ Institute and webisodes to launch Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” she has collaborated with WNET/PBS and the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Screen Tamika speaking about her inspiration for Jackie., Spike Lee and classroom-teaching  kickstart

View Tamika’s first Interview as a “Dream Chaser”

Read about Tamika’s Women & Hollywood initiative in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn