Stacey Genève, Caribbean decent is a native of New York and has lived there most of her life. She relocated to Manassas, Virginia in 2009 and lived there for five years, up until March of 2014, when she moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Stacey was a happy kid and has had a love ever since she could remember for the cinema. Stacey enjoyed as a kid watching silent films with her dad, Steadman of Buster Keaton and Chaplin and some of the early talkies like Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in their romantic screwball comedy It Happened One Night (1934) and later one's like Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. She loved and still does from drama, gangster, romantic comedy and sci-fi to Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers.
Stacey’s first love was acting but when she saw movies like Jaws, Rocky in the theater, and The God Father on Television, she was in awe and knew then that she didn’t just want to be in front of the camera but she wanted to work behind the camera. Stacey wasn’t even 10-years old when she saw those films but she was so intrigued and wanted to know everything about the director and writers and her father being the film buff that he was, was more than happy to educate Stacey on all the artist/creators of the films she loved.
Stacey’s mother was against her attending acting class until she was a teenager. Stacey studied acting and attended Lee Strasberg for a workshop and went onto an On Camera school in New York City. She went on tons of auditions and was chosen to audition out of hundred girls lined up to audition right outside for the movie “Lean on Me” right there with her father glaring down out her the person auditioning every girl right there on the New York streets for a chance to go on to audition again for the role. This gentleman told Stacey she was to act like she was pregnant and she was sitting at a table and had to tell her mother she was pregnant. Stacey proceeded with the audition, and blurted out, “Mom, I think I am pregnant” but unfortunately, Stacey was told she was not black or acted black enough for the role. Stacey was confused and disappointed, although, she did understand that they were looking for a certain character for that role for the film “Lean on Me” and she was not it, but promised herself that she would create characters for people of color and all racist and nationalities but roles for blacks so people could see that we all do not all act alike and it is diversity within you own race. She believes that the portrayal of some roles for people of color, especially, black are negative and there is a need and demand for more positive roles for people of color.
Stacey ended up giving up her dream of acting and filmmaking to become a wife and mother. Stacey had two beautiful kids and was very happy with her children. The marriage was a bit unstable to say the least so to get away from the dysfunction, Stacey would just write and create her own world but her scripts would just stay in her drawer. In 2007, when Stacey and her husband separated for the last time, she said that she would heed the prompting of the little the voice inside that would not let her rest until she went after it, became it, accomplished and achieved it. So, Stacey decided she would renew her dream and go back to film school and that she did a few years later attending Full Sail University in the Film B.S. Program.
Stacey believes it is her true purpose to write and it’s her goal to be an effective writer who will find a way to change someone’s life for the better through her words. Storytelling through screenwriting is something she enjoys so much; it’s her passion and desire.
She enjoys the whole process, the mechanics of writing a script, creating characters giving them a profile, bringing each character to life with their own personality, quirks, likes, and dislikes, fears and concerns, passions and desires. Creating conflict, taking characters through emotional challenges, creating obstacles and having the characters triumph or not.
Ami Zins says, “In my 14 years plus working in the film industry, I have met only a few writers I felt confident would one day become successful working screenwriters. Stacey is one of them.
Stacey’s work experience and her background have well equipped her to become a prolific and insightful writer. Most importantly, Stacey is already a writer – she does not just dream of writing, she does so on a daily basis, she thrives on writing, and writes because she is compelled to do so. Her writing is passionate and contains deep and gutsy explorations of complicated situations, and a quality of searching for solutions and answers that successfully avoids cliché’s.
Stacey is a courageous writer. She is willing to call upon world issues as well as her complicated experience with difficult personal relationships, and to use it as inspiration for creating complex characters and realistic, unpredictable storylines.”
To date, Stacey has completed three teleplays; eight screenplays, three short films and one stage play, which are all in development. Stacey is so excited that she is moving towards pre-production of her current film Justice and looking forward to directing it. Directing is her childhood dream come true.
Name: Stacey Genève Travis
Lives in: Atlanta, Georgia
Company: Stacey Genève Productions
Occupation: Screenwriter, Director and Producer
Unique traits: Extremely Optimistic, Creative, Innovative, Perfectionist, Intuitive, Passionate, Courteous, Caring and Selfless.
Film by Stacey Genève Productions (Drama) Writer/Director Synopsis: THE STORY: JUSTICE is a drama feature film about a Black West Indian devoted husband and father Reuben Lezama who falls into a deep depression after the loss of his eighteen year-old son, Justin Lezama and becomes a vigilante just like the man who took his son's life. Reuben Lezama believes he must go on a revenge spree to avenge the killings of five young Black men (one being his son) who were allegedly killed by Whites claiming that they felt threatened, and cited the “Stand Your Ground” law. He is convinced these men who were acquitted for the murders of the young Black boys are now a threat to society and better off dead. However, there is always consequence when you take revenge.
Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)