Meet The 2021 Women In Film Pathmakers, Including Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE
March 1, 2021

Congratulations to Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE for being named part of the 2021 Women in Film Pathmakers Program!

by Essence


Since its beginnings in 1973 as Women in Film (WIF) Los Angeles, WIF has actively used its platform to advocate for women who work in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes across film and television.

No stranger to amplifying the diversity agenda and prioritizing women of color, last year WIF partnered with New York Women in Film & Television and Women in Film and Television Atlanta to launch the Hire Her Black initiative to promote gender and racial equality by providing grants to women who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, ESSENCE is proud to announce WIF’s latest program, curated specifically for aspiring and veteran Black women in the film industry: Women in Film Pathmakers.

Designed to highlight the career journeys of incredibly talented and passionate Black women leaders and innovators in Hollywood, WIF Pathmakers fosters mentorship between established writers, directors, producers, marketers, showrunners, and more and their hand-selected awardees. The “rising star” chosen by each of these multifaceted trailblazers will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $5,000, courtesy of Stella Artois, which can be put toward career endeavors or supporting their livelihood.

Throughout Women’s History Month, we will highlight four pathmakers’ journeys in exclusive interviews which shed light on life-changing career decisions and the importance of Black women supporting one another in film. Meet the 2021 WIF Pathmakers below.


​11 | Terilyn A. Shropshire

Terilyn A. Shropshire collaborates with some of the industry’s most talented filmmakers and television creators. Recently, Shropshire edited the feature film, The Old Guard, marking her sixth project over a 20-year collaboration with director Gina Prince-Bythewood.

In 2019, Shropshire received an American Cinema Editors Eddie nomination for her work on Part 1 of Netflix’s 4-part mini-series When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. Her distinctive roster includes feature films such as Miss Bala, directed by Catherine Hardwicke; Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees, and Love and Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood; as well as Kasi Lemmon’s films Eve’s Bayou, The Caveman’s Valentine, Talk to Me, and Black Nativity. Other notable work includes: Sparkle, Jumping The Broom, Waist Deep, , Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Biker Boyz, and Cops and Robbers, an animated short on social justice.

Shropshire earned an Emmy nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy Awards and an ACE Eddie Award for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story. Shropshire’s career success crosses media platforms, contributing to TV projects such as HBO special Between the World and Me, the pilot for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Shots Fired, and Quantico.

Shropshire earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Cinema at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, American Cinema Editors and the Diversity Committee of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild. She is the recipient of the 2021 Sundance Institute/Adobe Mentorship Award for her commitment to supporting the future’s rising stars in the craft.


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