ATLANTA—Popular web series Mommy Uncensored won the First Place Web Series Jury Award at this year’s Hollywood Black Film Festival (Oct. 2 through Oct. 6). When asked about being selected to screen at the festival, Fort Wayne native Justin Jordan, who directs/shoots/edits the ArtistDirector production with his wife Charity, said, “We’re honored to be part of Tanya Kersey’s legendary festival. When I told Charity the news, she ran around the room screaming ‘Get out of here… no way…’ for five minutes!”
Justin Jordan’s reaction to winning the award was posted to Twitter:
“Thank you, Jesus!! Thank you @hbff. Thank you Team @MommyUncensored. Speechless. #hbff2013″
The series follows the journey of Karen Wright, a working woman turned stay-at-home mom, as she struggles to find balance between motherhood, marriage and the manic moments intrinsic to both. Based on parenting taboos and real-life experiences, the show has become an instant hit with mothers and dads everywhere.
As with any indie film, the husband-wife duo wears many hats, but they are quick to admit the show’s success is the result of a strong team. Born and raised in Southwest Atlanta, web series creator Charity Jordan honed her writing and acting talents in the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA), whose alumni include Kenan Thompson (SNL) and Sahr NGaujah (FELA! On Broadway, ABC’s Last Resort). She also made lifelong friendships, many of whom still work with her today producing Mommy Uncensored.
“Charity had a bold and progressive vision,” Justin commented. “She wanted to create opportunity and empower filmmakers, so every episode of season two had a female director.”
Now in production, Season 3 of the web series is set to release this fall.
“We are gearing up to pitch the series to networks,” said Charity Jordan. “We are reviving the Cosby era of family TV for younger, urban generations.”
Justin Jordan is a graduate of South Side High School and Depauw University, Greencastle, Ind. He is the executive producer of ArtistDirector.
For more info on the web series, visit www.MommyUncensored.TV.
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition.