When a writer takes pen to paper, their imagination and passion, yet tenacious of what you are about to experience is what keeps you on the edge of your seat.
This influential storyteller’s ability to blend real life in her screenplays creates limitless stories. She’s the type of writer, who gets to “the core” of her characters, as well as, have you escape into a world where there are no boundaries of time and place.
“Cover” was just that… controversial, raw, enticing, and real! Her versatile concept was to take a devoted man, who only wanted the best for his family, struggling on the “down low.” Released and presented at the 16th Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2008 some of the cast included, Vivica Fox, Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adodi, Patty LaBelle, Leon, Mya and Lou Gossett Jr. This 3.6 million dollar independent film took her one month to write the script and 10 months to get produced and distributed through AIS. Currently airing on BET and TV One, her motivation for this film was to inspire and bring awareness to various individuals in the entertainment industry.
What sets her apart from other writers, she feels is a “gift”. “For me, my world was veterinary medicine. Then all of a sudden, I’m writing short stories and my first one turns into a movie… wow! When I write, it just flows. Writing the story of “Cover,” let’s just say it was 5 a.m. when I was done. My room became my movie. And don’t get me started on the Thesaurus… now, I love playing with words… I knew then I was steered on the right path.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Aliya Jackson. Her “drive” propels her to write breathtaking stories that are real and soulful weather their edgy, dramatic, funny or gritty. So watch out for this new talented screenwriter who’s also known as 500 Hungry Gorillas.