Symone Baptiste (SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS)

SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS

Directed by: Symone Baptiste

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Symone Baptisteis a Director, Writer and Producer based in Los Angeles. Her short directorial debut, Sixteen Thousand Dollars, won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the 2020 Bushwick Film Festival, Programmers’ Best Narrative Short at the 2020 Pan African Film Festival and Best Comedy Short at the Queens World Film Festival. Additionally, her film was an official selection for several highly prestigious, Oscar qualifying festivals including the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival, 2020 Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Philadelphia Film Festival. The film tackles the subject of reparations through provocative, absurdist comedy.


Baptiste practices activism through art - her work invites audiences to see complex social and racial justice issues in a new light, often using comedy as a vehicle for understanding and connection between communities. Her passion for comedy comes from many years of stand-up comedy show producing & booking - it's where she learned a great deal about comedic timing and identifying the rising stars of the stand-up comedy scene. In that time, she's produced several popular live stand-up shows, including The New Negroes (Comedy Central).