Contamination, from the description, feels like a suspense/psychological drama. I also acknowledge the fact that it centralizes a Black woman struggling with a mental illness. What were your thoughts and feelings when writing the film and how did you find the inspiration to bring it to screen?
Like I said, I am fascinated with the mind. I always wanted to write about mental illness in the black community because it’s a subject that is still taboo. I have struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life and knew I wasn’t alone in this struggle. I also have a moderate fear of germs. I exaggerated that fear to create this film. When I visualized this black woman wearing a surgical mask, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew I had something. I worked tirelessly to write a compelling script. I brought it to my producer Anthony Davis and we knew we had something special.
With Black female characters in "genre" works, what do you feel is lacking overall in character and storytelling and what film, television show, or novel writers do you admire that are countering this lack with alternative narratives?
How do you feel an audience benefits from observing a Black woman's story in the science fiction and/or horror genres that is unique from many mainstream depictions?