Tonya McCornell is a director who writes and produces a lot of her own content. Her work showcases layered female characters while shedding light on social issues as they relate to the human experience. Her short film Too Much Love is being used in partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a PSA about HIV awareness. Her other short film Trayvia was named to honor Trayvon Martin and it has been called “a visceral response to police brutality”.
McCornell was recently selected as 1 of 8 female filmmakers for the inaugural Women in Screen Workshop led by The Australian International Screen Forum where she is developing a docu-series about suicide within the African American community. Her upcoming short film Taintedsheds light on the effects of mothers battling depression and PTSD after facing trauma. McCornell is also developing a dramedy feature film about surviving divorce called Getting Help. She is a single mother of one who started The Moms Network for New York Women in Film & Television in order to create opportunities for moms working in the industry and she is also an active member of The Black TV & Film Collective.