Cut to Black: Daysha Broadway, Picture Editor

For each day in the month of February, the Committee will be highlighting African-American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African-Americans have had on the industry.

Name: Daysha Broadway

What’s your job? Picture Editor

List the credits you’re most proud of. 
I’m proud of them all because of what I’ve learned on each job. Most recently, I was very proud of the work we did on Between The World and Me. It was such a great team to be a part of.

What are you working on right now? A comedy for HBO.

Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? I’ve been lucky enough to be able to bug Terilyn Shropshire, ACE for advice when feeling conflicted. It’s helpful to have people like her willing to share their thoughts and opinions based on a wealth of knowledge and experience.

What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movies you’re excited about? I am in the middle of a re-read of The Count of Monte Cristo.” It’s one of my favorite books and now and then I pick it up and read it again. Lovecraft Country” and I May Destroy You” SHOOK me, and the possibility of more of that is exciting.

What would be your superhero name? The Over-Thinker… or can I say Okoye? I just want to be Okoye.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “You don’t know everything, but the good news is they don’t either.”

If you could time travel, when would you go and why? I don’t think I would. The past is done and knowing the future, I’d probably screw it up Marty McFly style, because honestly his almanac plan made so much sense to me.

What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? 
I double majored in Film and Art History so I know a bunch of random facts about art and architecture. I can draw and paint pretty well and I used to want to be an architect. And I spent a lot of time building computers as a pre-teen. Just because I was curious about how they worked.

What are your Black History Month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? It wasn’t in February, but I lived in South Central during the L.A. riots. I was about 9 years old, and remember my aunt’s travel agency burning down, and a bit of how scared I felt, but the best memories I have of that time is when my community rebuilt what we lost. Our neighbors came together to help each other with food, shelter, or whatever else was needed. Even though everything was absolutely crazy, I felt safe on my block with my community. Seeing our resilience as Black people at a very young age has definitely had an impact on my life.

What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? 
Whew so many! Three come to mind: 1. The premiere of Living Single.” I sat so close to the TV (and got yelled at about it) and was laughing so hard. I was so excited to see 4 Black women on the screen laughing and joking with each other. I thought about it the whole next day. 2. Every bit of Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple.” 3. Angela Bassett burning that car full of her ex­-husband’s clothes in Waiting to Exhale.” There was such build-up to it with her on a rampage inside the house and then when we get to this moment, it’s silent. Just the sound of the fire. I thought it was wonderfully structured and powerful.

Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? 
Robert Zemeckis movies got me interested in the technical/VFX side of filmmaking. He was always pushing boundaries and I wondered what editors did to accommodate for that. The opening sequences of The Hours” for how beautifully cut they were. It was like a symphony and so much was being said without words. And City of God” blew me away in undergrad when a professor played a gun battle scene simultaneously with a screen recording of the Protools session.

What’s your personal/professional mantra? 
Just try. If you fail, get the hell up and try again. The only way to not reach your destination is to stop traveling.

What’s the last show/movie that left you speechless? I saw Sylvie’s Love” at Sundance last year. It was so beautiful I had words, but they didn’t come out. I wanted to sit in that world for a while. Also, Kelvin Harrison Jr.’s performance in Luce” had my face stuck…and I was a little scared of the brotha, haha.

What would be your dream project to work on?
I’d love to work on a fantasy or sci-fi film. I love that type of escapism. Something with a bad-ass woman lead.