Megan “Megz” Trufant Tillman is a writer-musician-director from the 7th Ward of New Orleans. Her debut short film little trumpet (2022), a 7th Ward coming-of-age story – which she wrote, directed, and scored – has won jury awards for Best Narrative Short (Bushwick Film Festival), Best Cinematography (Tacoma Film Festival), Best Louisiana Short (New Orleans Film Festival), and Best African-American Directed Short (Phoenix Film Festival). Previously, her New Orleans-set pilot script ALL FRONTS was named runner-up in the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Her artistic practice extends beyond filmmaking: she’s one half of jazz/neosoul/hip hop outfit Magna Carda, and founder and editor of WATER, a Black literary and arts magazine. Additionally, she’s written for the music video “Fight For You” by H.E.R., and Amazon’s H.E.R. Prime Day episode. Her work centers Black life, Black culture, and the Black South.

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