Zandashé Brown is an award-winning genre filmmaker born and bred in and inspired by southern Louisiana. A self-proclaimed storyteller, Brown writes and directs stories primarily within the horror genre that showcase her perspective on identity, spirituality, and healing for Black women in the American south.
In 2014, she became a fellow of the New Orleans Film Society’s Emerging Voices Program for emerging directors of color. In 2015, she was recipient of Artless Media’s Magnifying Glass grant and NOVAC’s BetterBR grant for her documentation of the Alton Sterling protests in Baton Rouge titled off the sidewalks, into the streets.
Brown’s narrative directorial debut, BLOOD RUNS DOWN, was one of five projects vetted and funded by the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator Grant. It has since gone on to screen and win awards at across the United States at acclaimed film festivals such as BlackStar, Overlook, Urbanworld, Austin Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival.
my work primarily echoes the life experience i’m most qualified to tell: that of a black millennial woman living in southern louisiana.
with that account comes elements of mysticism, spirituality, and aggressive identity politics as a response to the cultural makeup of my home state. i subscribe to an idea of the african diaspora as something deeply magical and spiritual, and so i reference the ideology of african traditional religious practices, black southern matrilineage, and afrofuturist art as inspirations for most of my writing and filmmaking.
I’m intrigued by the interpretation and response to fear and the unknown from the perspectives of both character and audience.
as a genre-interested filmmaker, I believe Horror has the tools to craft a story in which the viewer can confront and better understand their own fears and make for more sympathetic and empathetic human beings.
my work aims to speak first to people of my own diaspora, but i believe its existence will also promote sympathy for black bodies and minds to larger audiences by showcasing our vulnerability.