The Make A Film Foundation provides an opportunity for young people diagnosed with critical or terminal illness to use the media as a powerful tool for self-expression and communication by creating five-minute film legacies. Pairing participants with noted directors, writers, actors and producer mentors, we provide them with the tools, resources, and guidance to reclaim the media and give them a voice.

Young people facing illness and long-term hospitalization naturally feel marginalized from the world. Many spend vast amounts of time watching television, experiencing realities they may never share. Make a Film Foundation provides these young people an opportunity to reclaim the media as a tool for creative expression and personal empowerment. At Make a Film Foundation we believe that creativity and self-expression are innately therapeutic.



Tamika Lamison is a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts while also studying at Howard University. She wrote her first screenplay, “Jar By the Door” about her time in NY. The script was a Sundance Finalist and won several other awards including the Gordon Parks Indie Film Award and $10,000 which she used to move to Los Angeles after attending and graduating from the New York Film Academy where she fell in love with directing.

While in LA, Tamika won several Fellowships and Awards in Writing and Directing including the ABC/Walt Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting for, “Memoirs of A Virgin Whore,” The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller (Cosby) Fellowship, the CBS Director’s Initiative and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women Fellowship in which she wrote, directed and produced the multi-award winning short film, HOPE. She was then hired as both a Camera Operator and Director on one of BET’s first reality TV shows: College Hill.  Tamika recently produced and starred in the feature film “Last Life” which is currently on the film festival circuit.

In an effort to give back, Tamika created and founded, Make A Film Foundation (MAFF), a non-profit that grants ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers, directors, and producers who help them create short film legacies. (www.makeafilmfoundation.org) Through MAFF, Tamika has produced over 100 short documentaries and 4 award-winning short narrative films, working with members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, across the spectrum.

She was invited to do a TEDx talk about her journey with the organization, which can be found on YouTube. She currently works at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in their Education Department.