Evangeline M. Mitchell, Esq., Ed.M. is an author/publisher, filmmaker/producer, social entrepreneur, non-profit founder and leader, and lawyer. She has always dreamt of telling stories and sitting behind the camera and declared her interest in being both a filmmaker and a lawyer while still in high school at 16 years old.
Filled with a deep passion and strong desire to share insight and educate others based on her own and others’ lived experiences, she fiercely believes that video and film serve as perhaps the most powerful tools in which to impact others and inspire social change.
Director Evangeline M. Mitchell was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of HBCU (historically Black college and university) Prairie View A&M University, the University of Iowa College of Law, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a licensed lawyer, author/publisher, and social entrepreneur. She is currently working on her Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and her Certificate in Television and Film Essentials from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is married and has two children – a daughter, Nyla, and a son, Michael. They currently reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Evangeline has dreamt of becoming a filmmaker since she was a teenager. Her inspirations were filmmakers Spike Lee (“School Daze”) and Henry Hampton (“Eyes on the Prize”). Now, she is courageously living her dream and devoting her energies (whenever she can make time) to working on and realizing impactful documentary projects with a particular focus on sharing the stories of the lived experiences of Black law students and lawyers in their elusive pursuit of finding justice and equity amidst the paradox/contradictions of the history and ongoing realities of Black people in America. Her primary goal in wanting to create film is to tell untold stories, make a meaningful contribution and significant impact, and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.
"Uplifting. Inspiring. A must-see for all future Black lawyers."
"The battles within law school to become a black attorney for me aren’t seen unless we get behind the scenes and watching this film was truly what I needed to help affirm my why. The film tore back the page and revealed that yes, the journey can and will be hard, but it’s not unattainable! The attorneys were raw and uncut about their experiences and courageous in their efforts. I admire their gusto and I look forward to my journey to join them in my own esquire seat in the near future. Thank you all for your dedication to black law! You are rock stars."
"I believe this film is critical for ALL black and brown children as young as elementary level. It allows them to see that contrary to what the world would have them believe, they can do ANYTHING but the fight is still just as intense as that of our ancestors. They need to be prepared to fight!"
"Are you a Black, first-generation student interested in the law? Are you often alone and confused about your journey into the legal space? Are you just a documentary buff? Then, as per Law Professor Tanya Washington, this film begs the question: 'Isn't this what you prayed for?' And it very much so is. Prepare to cry, sans complaining, and be motivated!"
"This film was so impactful. I believe that every aspiring Black lawyer needs to watch this. It offers such a realistic perspective of law school and gives great advice."
"This film is pivotal for future Black lawyers in today's climate. It provides a diverse snapshot of the experience of Black law students learning in this hypercompetitive environment. If you are considering law school this is a powerful, eye-opening, and must-see documentary."
"A culmination of generational achievement, rooted purpose, and unwavering drive!"
"This film is an honest account of the grit and determination necessary when becoming a black lawyer."
"If you are a Black person pursuing the law, press play on this film whenever you need a reminder of the village that surrounds you."
"I would recommend this film to others, especially someone like myself who is looking at attending law school in the future. I appreciate the realistic experiences shared by each person. Although some of the experiences were negative, they are real and are important for future law students to be made aware of. The film was also inspiring, and has the ability to spur future law students, current law students/lawyers, on in their individual journey into the legal field."
"This film edifies and encourages aspiring lawyers that becoming a black lawyer is not by chance but by design. You must see it."
"This film can be the strength of one’s motivation to remain steadfast in their commitment to pursue legal education."
"Future Black lawyers will be empowered by this short film."
"The film Becoming Black Lawyers is a must-see for all aspiring Black lawyers!"
"The film is necessary to the conversation on inclusion based on race and gender and the future of aspiring Black lawyers."
"This film was invaluable. As prospective Black lawyers, we simply cannot get enough reminders that say 'Hey, this is possible."
"Becoming Black Lawyers is the film that every aspiring Black lawyer needs to see! The wisdom gained from others' experiences are the tools that will help propel you forward in your career."
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A FILM BY EVANGELINE M. MITCHELL
RELENTLESS VISIONARY FILMS LLC PRESENTS AN EVANGELINE M. MITCHELL PRODUCTION
CINEMATOGRAPHER ANDREW LEIBMAN EDITOR RYAN MAYERS ADDITIONAL EDITORS NAUMAN ALI AND VINCENT VALENZUELA
SOUND DESIGNER MICHAEL MAGILL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER EVANGELINE M. MITCHELL CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JALENE MACK
"BECOMING BLACK LAWYERS" VERONICA N. DUNLAP PAULA T.EDGAR NATASHA N.NURSE MARCUS SANDIFER ALEXI THOMAS
ORIGINAL SONGS BY EVANGELINE M. MITCHELL vocals BY SAKARI AND AJADA REIGNS CREATED AND DIRECTED BY EVANGELINE M. MITCHELL