Fog follows Valerie, a successful Black female attorney, who must navigate a major career move and the return of her college-aged daughter while hiding her deteriorating mental health. Within the film is a hallucinatory 90s sitcom in the vein of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air or The Cosby Show that reflects how people see Valerie and her personal expectations parallel to her turbulent interior life. 

At its heart, Fog is the story of millions of African-American women across the country. Mental illness is still something of a taboo in the African-American community. While over 17 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, only 12 percent of African-Americans living with a mental disease are diagnosed. This film gives this issue the platform it desperately needs.

Fog was made as a part of the 2015-2016 AFI Conservatory's Directing Workshop for Women

Cast & Crew

April Grace - Valerie
Jaquita Ta'le - Jamie

Chelsea Woods - Writer-Director
Jane Hollon - Producer
Marianne Williams - Cinematographer
Steph Zenee Perez - Editor
Mollie Alexander - Production Designer

Official Selection
St. Louis International Film Festival
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
LA Shorts Fest
Black Harvest Film Festival
Las Vegas Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
New Voices in Black Cinema

Keep up to date with Fog by following us on

Acro Collective - Black Women and Mental Illness: Talking about “Fog” with Chelsea Woods
The Read - Flick of the Wrist (Black Excellence feature)