A Better View

After an adventurous eight-year-old, with an intelligent mind for wonder and discovery, executes a dangerous endeavor, her fearful father struggles with controlling her reckless behavior while not suppressing her talents and intelligence.

  • Cheryl Lewis
    "I Know How To Swim", "When The Circus Comes To Town"
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Drama
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  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Georgia Shorts Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    Best Drama Short Screenplay
  • Bowery Film Festival
    New York, NY
    Best Drama Short Screenplay
  • Austin Micro Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    Best Drama Short Screenplay
Writer Biography - Cheryl Lewis

Cheryl Lewis is a unique, multi-discipline performer for stage and screen, member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA/AGVA/AGMA. She is a professional stuntwoman/martial artist/actor/dancer/circus aerialist/puppeteer. A performer who is a photographer/fight choreographer/action designer/director/writer/filmmaker...Storyteller. She has performed all over the US, Thailand, Dubai and Japan. Cheryl has performed in everything from: dancing at The Metropolitan Opera in Benvenuto Cellini; dancer & choreographer in a production of Barnum; Aerialist/in-line skater/stunt performer at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Tarzan Rocks; Kat in the Off-Broadway show Censored!!; Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream; dancer/gymnast in Cirque Ingenieux; puppeteer for Poko Puppets.

Cheryl has a B.A. in Communication (film production & studies). She is a martial artist with training in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and Kendo. All her training and skill sets made the transition into stunts and action design a natural one. Cheryl has worked in film & television as an actor, stunt performer/stunt double, fight choreographer and action director. Car hits, fire burns, high falls and sword fighting are all part of a day’s work. Some of Cheryl’s work include: Stunt coordinator/action design on ABCd’s TV show American Koko; Taraji P. Henson’s stunt double in Proud Mary; Stunt performer in Wonder Woman 1984; Alfred Woodard’s stunt double on Luke Cage & the upcoming Russo Brothers film “The Gray Man”.
Parallel to performing and action design, Cheryl is an emerging writer. Her short screenplay, “I Know How To Swim”, has won at the Bowery Film Festival, Georgia Short Film Festival and Austin Micro Short Film Festival.

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Writer Statement

Consciously or unconsciously, people tend to develop a thought process or viewpoint regarding things that may or may not be in their own everyday life experience through what is shown on Film and TV. I’m Cheryl Lewis, a professional stunt performer/martial artist/actor/dancer/circus aerialist/puppeteer. A performer who is a photographer/fight choreographer/action designer/writer/director/filmmaker...Storyteller.

My goal is to create stories for film and television that are multicultural and celebrate diversity. As a multi-discipline performer and creator, I approach writing and storytelling from many different angles and points of views. I find this highly beneficial when working in various environments with performers of varying skill sets, methods of work process and experience. When creating, writing, and directing you must adapt and be aware of what is needed and how to make corrections. A variety of experiences and understandings can aid in communicating.

To that end diversity is an important and much needed component in front of and behind the camera. Diversity, representation, and inclusion are storytelling elements that makes for a more interesting, engaging, entertaining, and fully realized picture.

There is power in film. Seeing something, even in a fictitious world, has an impact on the individual. Assumptions and generalizations based on a person’s skin color, gender or nationality is still performed far too often considering the advance methods and access to information from around the world that is available. It has become clear to me that the best way to combat this is with exposure but exposure on a regular continuing basis. For something to be realized as 'the norm', people must first see it and then see it over and over again. Diversity, Equality & Inclusion; “Make it the Norm, not a novelty”.

- CherylinAction #PositiveMovingEnergy