Dija henry

The Beginning...


Dija was inspired to make movies after seeing her first film at 10 years old. Since then she has taken every opportunity to learn about story telling. While earning her B.A. in theater at Purdue University Dija gained experience as a camera woman for The Elliot Hall of Music where she captured the excitement of the Purdue football team games on camera. After college Dija continued to take classes in screen writing and taught herself how to film and edit Youtube videos.

After receiving the Imagine Grant in 2011, Dija made her first documentary inspired by her original play called A Song for Peace. Since then she has made several short films that have played at film festivals in Los Angeles and the Indianapolis Black Expo garnering several award nominations. She aspires to make films that inspire the human soul and empowers communities towards healing.

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IN PRODCUTION


My Brother's Keeper

Synopsis - Malachi is grieving after the murder of his older brother Michael and it drives him to seek out revenge. Will he take hold of the life he's been given or choose death? On his journey he will find out that he's not as alone as he once believed.

Background - After the murder of my brother in the summer of 2016, I was so touched by the stories my husband shared with me about growing up with his older brother, I wanted to find a way to capture the feelings of memory and grief by creating something that held hope and inspiration in the foreground. 

PRE-PRODCUTION


The Publicist (Working Title)

Background - Last year my amazing cousin and I got together to create a short for the American Black Film Festival. One of our cast members did such an amazing job it inspired an entire film of it's own! We will be shooting this film in June 2017 and we think this comedy will leave you laughing and hopefully willing to step out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith in your own life!

Synopsis - Eric, an ex analyst, decides to step outside of his comfort zone and become a publicist for a neurotic up and coming actress after his fiance leaves him. His new job is full of so much drama that he joins a support group just for celebrity publicists. In a brash decision he tries to get his true love back but will rejection cause him to realize he's become the man he's always wanted to be all along?

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PAST PROJECTS


 

Moving Still

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Synopsis

A grieving couple is estranged because of a loss of a child. The only problem is they still have one living who needs them. 

Background

We shot Moving Still for the 168 Project and received nominations for Best Actor and Best Original Score. We were challenged to base a script off of Luke 4:17-21

God truly showed up in this project as there were testimonies present in all aspects.

The story itself was inspired by the Executive Producer's own experience with losing a child.

We were floored with the amount of people that came together to volunteer for the project.

When we found out we got nominations we threw up a gofundme page and raised the exact amount needed.

Our Executive Producer lost his job weeks before filming and God provided every need for his family.

I ended up in the hospital due to complications of MS and was let go 1 week before the Premiere. But God gave me strength!

We walked the red carpet only a block from the VMA's showcasing a powerful story and seeing our film premiere in Los Angeles.

Want to see a buttload of behind the scenes footage and photos?


The Leavenator

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Synopsis 

Jonie is 40 years old, stuck in life and desperately needs a change. She hires a sincere but young life coach in hopes to land her dream job. Instead of an interview they both get caught up in the corporate project of a lifetime and find their true calling in the process.

Background

The Leavenator is a comedic short film that we produced for the 168 Film Festival. I dreamt up these characters a year in advance in a dream...literally but I wasn't able to write the script until a year later. This project was a step up from Moving Still in terms of production value. We had a larger cast, crew and location. It was definitely a learning experience for all of us. We were challenged to base a script off of the theme "work" and our scripture was Matthew 13:33

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IN DEVELOPMENT


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