Howard University to Entrepreneur
Howard University alumnus Richard Turrentine bought his first camera around 2010. He then started shooting videos on campus which eventually led him to films. His passion to show positive images of Black faces pushed him to move to California after graduation to expand his career.
Turrentine was well-known on campus and around D.C., yet when he moved to the West Coast he had to start over. It was hard for him at first but through the hustle, he founded Screen Indie: a streaming platform for independent filmmakers.
“I just thought there wasn’t a platform that existed that have the ideas that were forming in my mind,” he said.
Engaging with Filmmakers After the Film
Screen Indie allows filmmakers to engage after the filming is over. Turrentine said the typical process is a filmmaker submits their work to a platform and that’s it. Screen Indie instead creates a space for audiences, indie filmmakers, and indie creators to connect and share work. The goal of doing this is to give emerging filmmakers access to visibility on their projects and gain funding for their work.
“It’s not about me. It’s about these creatives and allowing them a platform where they have full control.”– Richard Turrentine
Screen Indie also helps independent filmmakers book talent.
Platform Launched in 2021
The platform launched in 2021 but the idea came to Turrentine in 2018. Since Screen Indie is a new concept Turrentine had to literally create the platform, which meant finding developers and paying out of pocket to get the job done.
Screen Indie is up and running with current users.
Just a few years in and the one-man show has grown into a team of over three.
“If you have a dream or idea just go for it and do it,” even if you don’t have it all figured out said Turrentine.
Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.