Stacy Pascal Gaspard recently had her film "Soñadora" premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16. Photo by Leonardo March.

When Stacy Pascal Gaspard decided to apply for the Rising Voices program by Indeed, the job search company, she knew it would be a scramble. Within a week, she drafted 10 pages for an original film script and submitted the application on the eve of the deadline. 

Once the director made the cut of 10 filmmakers chosen in March to produce their films, which were due to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the stress did not end. In one month, they had to color, edit, choose the score music and finish the film.

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.