Carol Ann Shine

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International Filmmaker and Producer
The Way of Shine Productions

Carol Ann Shine is an accomplished award-wining international filmmaker and producer who has produced diverse, character-driven stories for film and television. To date, she has been instrumental in bringing nearly 45 award-winning projects, including narrative feature films, engaging television series, videos and web content that have championed education, social and political engagement. With a passion for storytelling, she uses her knowledge and experience to highlight compelling content featuring underrepresented cultures that are often overlooked.  Her projects continue to find national and international broadcast and distribution through HBO, PBS, Lifetime, Showtime, LOGO and RLJ Entertainment among many others.

Currently, she is executive producing the independent feature “Supermodel” exploring racism within the modeling industry. She also is producing the international documentary “RECOVER” that takes a look at the epidemic of addiction in all of its forms.  In 2014, Shine, along with director Patrik-Ian Polk, brought to life the award-winning narrative feature film “Blackbird.” Based on the book of the same name by Larry Depletion, the film is a powerful coming of age story that stars Academy Award-winning actress Mo’nique, award winning actor Isaiah Washington, newcomer Julian Walker along with Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods.  The highly anticipated film has screened at festivals around the world garnering multiple awards and will be released nationally on April 24, 2015

Steve & CarolShine’s passion for meaningful representation and diversity has led to her work on many socially impactful projects, including “Sex and Violence! Or: A Brief Overview of Simple Physics” by Director Chris Cherot, “Dirty Lies” directed by Jamie Marshall and produced by Catherine Hardwicke, and the indie features “All the Trappings of Success,” “The Girls Rooms,” “Dr. Benny,” “Flip the Script,” and “Gone”.  The Lifetime television movie “Pastor Brown” that challenged social expectation and societal norms while following Jessica Brown’s journey from exotic dancer to female pastor.  Produced by Shine, “Pastor Brown” was nominated for six awards at the 2014 Black Reel Awards and continues to air on Lifetime Movie Network.  Shine also has produced episodes of the comedy series “Comedy Underground,” “Caution Men Thinking” featuring established male comedians discussing love, life and women; and served as consulting producer on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s writing and directorial debut, “The Human Contract,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Shine attended UCSD and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television from USC.  She also worked in film finance, and in acquisition and development.   After leaving the world of film finance, she flexed her creative muscles at e2 Filmworks developing and producing emerging independent films.   Under Showtime’s Black Filmmakers Program, Shine produced the award winning shorts “Black Like Who,” “Milk and Honey,” “Letter to My Mother,” “Kings,” Student Academy Award national finalist, “Walking Mele” and “The Male Groupie,” selected at the American Black Film Festival to air on HBO.

Shine made her mark with the original comedy-drama series “Noah’s Arc” for MTV/Viacom’s Logo Network.  “Noah’s Arc,” the first scripted series for the then-new network followed the lives of four black gay men in Los Angeles and ran for two successful seasons.  Shine went on to produce the November 2008 MTV/Logo feature film spin-off, titled NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM, written, directed and produced by Polk. The film opened at number one on the IndieWire Independent film box office chart and won the 2009 GLAAD Award for Best Film. Polk and the film also received three NAACP Image Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Shine is a current member of the Director’s Guild Association, Co-Founder and Board Member of The Blackhouse Foundation and resides between San Diego and Los Angeles.

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