Millennial X was created to amplify the voices of BIPOC creatives over the age of 30 years old; understanding that a second-career doesn’t often direct individuals towards art-based careers. Most community art programs support youth between the ages of 18 to 30, thus we found an opportunity to fill in the gap for Millennial's and Generation X creatives transitioning from the workforce to media arts. Our mandate is to provide them with resources, mentorship, coaching through programming and artist retreats; ultimately helping them form a community.
Over the course of a year, Millennial X has supported over thirty plus BIPOC artists over the age of 30 in establishing Art Council profiles and has aided them in receiving provincial, municipal, and federal art councils grants. We have helped creatives earn film credits by giving them hands-on experience in order to thrive in the filmmaking industry. We have expanded our resources to help marginalized communities and those suffering from disabilities while aiding them in creating and developing films that they own.
Participants of Millennial X leave understanding how to write a script, produce a film, fund their project, avoid burnout and develop a better sense of wellness.
Jollene Phillips is a Writer, Producer, Project Manager and all around Creative. She has spent the last several years creating and seeing projects through to successful completion. Her creative endeavors have allowed her to dive into topics regarding race, gender, and equality. Her Masters Certificate in Project Management speaks to her organizational and leadership skills. On the other hand, her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender studies permits her to not only be sensitive but to understand the impact these topics have on the world around us. A major reason for the lack of representation on screen is due to the lack of representation behind the scenes. Not only do her projects tell diverse stories but they also hire diverse people from communities that are often overlooked.
As an artist, she aspires to show that positive and diverse characters can create entertaining media and encourage inclusive viewership through diverse representation and non problematic portrayals of racialized groups. Jollene continues to use her platform to showcase a mosaic of experiences, people, and cultures. Each project has a unique perspective and walk of life that the audience can relate to but doesn't always see. She creates and tells stories of diversity that are not exclusive to race but expand into identity, lifestyle and spirituality.
Carlos Anthony is a screenwriter and author who writes stories about the experiences that Black men have historically been ashamed to talk about. While studying Advertising & Marketing at Humber College, Carlos learned effective communication and fell in love with storytelling, and he took that lens with him into the workforce where he held various jobs in both professional and blue collar environments. Along the way, he encountered and empathized with people of all walks of life, specifically observing the wide range of masculinity in the men he met, which tended to be a product of factors like education, class, culture and immigration status. This became the foundation of what Carlos would one day lean into exploring as a writer.
A father since the age of eighteen and a survivor of loss, abuse, and addiction, Carlos is no stranger to the struggles about which he writes. A believer in art as healing, he finds it is his responsibility to explore and break generational curses with his work. For Carlos, writing is a tool that allows him to humanize and critique the Black male experience and dispel the myth that vulnerability and empathy equal weakness. Carlos has been recognized for his produced web series and published essays that explore the vast themes of Black adolescence.