I Am Not Your Token

Ebony Hendrix is a 16-year-old, preppy Black girl attempting to assimilate to her predominantly white high school. She struggles to find her identity in her popular (and more than mildly racist) friend group referred to as Tiffany and Co. When her former best friend and proud Blactivist, Iman confronts her, Ebony is forced to reckon with herself–and her title of Token Black Girl.

  • Isis Gullette
    Writer & Director-in-Training
  • Angellic Ross
  • Liliane Calfee
  • Shane Simmons
    Executive Producer
  • Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke
    Film Director Mentor
  • Kandace Mack
    Key Cast
  • Jasmine Cheri Rush
    Key Cast
  • Dani Chmielewski
    Key Cast
  • Kaitlyn Piotroski
    Key Cast
  • Erika Rose
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI Amira Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival
    November 17, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection & Winner of the PROMISE Award
Director Biography

Isis Gullette is an 18-year-old aspiring screenwriter and poet
born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She discovered her passion for screenwriting while attending a CHA summer youth program hosted by DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts.

It was in their Movie & TV Scripts intensive that she initially came up with the idea for "I Am Not Your Token," a deeply personal and almost autobiographical story for her as a Black girl currently attending a predominantly white high school.

When her script was selected to become the program's first narrative short film production, Isis was given the opportunity to also act as director-in-training. She received mentorship from two accomplished female directors of color, McKenzie Chinn and Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke.

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Director Statement

The initial conception of this short film idea was birthed from the protests and racial conversations being held during the Black Lives Matter movement circa 2020. The protests made me further examine my own experiences as a Black girl navigating a predominantly white institution. From there, the story of Ebony Hendrix blossomed and I believe that it's a narrative that will only continue to grow with time.

I'm proud of this short piece for a few reasons. First, I wrote the script when I was only 16-years-old. Second, it was produced with professional female filmmakers of color in all key roles including my directing mentors, producer, director of photography, and sound person. It was crewed by a cohort of my peers, twelve aspiring filmmakers primarily from Chicago’s South and West Sides. It means so much to me that the story resonates with each of them and likely many others who don’t often see their lived reality on screen.