Ways to Fly

When her barrettes mess up her pirouettes, an excitable, hyper-focused Black girl must power through the distractions to fly like the ballerinas do.

  • Kirby Marshall-Collins
  • Kirby Marshall-Collins
  • Efa Akutekha
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    Short Script
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  • ScreenCraft Film Fund

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Writer Biography - Kirby Marshall-Collins

Kirby Marshall-Collins is a Black TV writer and director who amplifies the voices of Black and queer people through fun and fantastical coming-of-age stories. Originally from Chicago, Kirby spent her teen years pursuing theater in Pleasanton, California before focusing on film and TV. She is a 2023 Disney Entertainment Writing Fellow — chosen from thousands for the highly competitive TV staffing program. In 2022, Kirby excelled as Writers’ Assistant on NANCY DREW (CW). Her grounded yet high-concept soulmate pilot, THE UN-LOVEABLES, earned her space in two fellowships — the Disruptors Fellowship and Black Boy Writes & Black Girl Writes. When she’s not writing, Kirby crafts curriculum for Made in Her Image, a non-profit that educates and empowers young women and non-binary filmmakers. Her greatest accomplishment is the fact that she helped her nephew make Christmas stockings last year. She is currently fundraising for her short film debut, “Ways to Fly.”

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