Phallon J. Beckham is a writer and director from Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland. She gained hands-on knowledge about large scale productions while working as a production assistant on HBO’s Veep. This experience cemented her career goal of becoming a screenwriter in film and television. Her first short film, Blue Before Gray, inspired her to create an independent production company, Gamboo Films, named after a colloquial term meaning “Action” created by The Geechee people of South Carolina.
Phallon draws inspiration from the works of Mara Brock Akil, Moon Molson, and Spike Lee. She received her BA from Florida State University and her MFA in Filmmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017.
Phallon’s desire to help young talented students pursue their career goals was sparked when she assisted a high school student in creating a film that earned him a full ride at NYU. She believes that storytelling impacts every group across the globe, but it’s the stories that fall on deaf ears that need to be uplifted the most.