Nakia Warren is on the come up. The Baltimore-based film director is rising through the ranks of the city’s up-and-coming entertainment artists quickly while her first feature film, Sweet Dreams recently debuted at the Landmark Theatre this past July to an impressive turnout. The University of Baltimore County grad never majored in film production, but that didn’t stop her from breaking ground into her new career. The AFRO caught up with Warren to discuss her latest production and future plans.

AFRO: The trailer for your film is pretty unnerving. For those who haven’t seen it yet, could you describe what Sweet Dreams is all about?
Nakia Warren: It’s a psychotic thriller. It’s about a photographer who falls in love with this beautiful model only to find out that she can see into his dreams and is pretty much crazy and very jealous. She starts to kill off the women that he fantasizes about in his dreams and the women who are in his life as well. It’s like a romantic love story that turns really dark and twisted.

AFRO: How did you get started in directing and what drove you into the business?
NW: I started off in front of the camera modeling and doing commercial work and then I became more and more interested in the creative process: putting commercials together and putting short stories together. I started doing little short stories, music videos and corporate videos and that’s what kind of led me into directing.

AFRO: Your film debuted at the Landmark Theatre a few months ago. You were cordial enough to grace the audience with your presence so you saw reactions first hand. How was the turnout?
NW: We had a pretty good response from the public. The people who actually came out to see the movie were very surprised. Sometimes when you say you have an independent film people automatically think low budget low quality but basically we had a lot of great responses from the people who came out to see the film.

AFRO: How was it working on your first major project?
NW: It was interesting. The film was shot over a course of a year and a half for budget reasons. It was a long process but I was fortunate enough to work with a dedicated cast and crew so that made it a lot easier but the process of not having a big budget did make it stressful.

AFRO: The movie looks great, it was well-received and your one film into your career. How far do you want to go with film directing?
NW: Pretty far. I love being able to take stories and bring them to life. As long as I’m able to, God-willing, I’m going to continue on doing that.

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Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO