Blazin AZ talks with Iris about:
“Iris Huey is a graduate of Howard University where she studied film and theater. As a filmmaker, actress, writer and spoken word artist, Huey has assumed a variety of critical roles in many productions both in front and behind the scenes.
As a filmmaker, one of Huey’s most notable works is a short film she wrote, produced and directed called Scratches. The film tells the story of a young womanizer who ends up at a spoken word café and is forced to look at the futility of his ways. In 2003, Scratches won the Best Short Film award at the Arizona Black Film Showcase. Huey also produced the feature film Second Chance, a drama about a young man who left his girlfriend and newborn son because he could not handle the pressures of fatherhood. Five years later, he returns hoping for a second chance to make things right. Second Chance has been featured at various festivals including, Urbanworld (New York) and the American Black Film Festival (Los Angeles). It has also been used as an educational tool by various agencies and organizations such as the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (Chicago), the Arizona Center for Responsible Fatherhood, the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, the City of Phoenix Human Services Department and more. The film was released to DVD in 2009.
Onstage, Iris has performed in numerous Black Theatre Troupe (Phoenix) productions such as A Lesson Before Dying, The Story, The Sty of the Blind Pig and more. She has also performed as a spoken word artist for countless events throughout the city of Phoenix including the annual Martin Luther King Celebration at Margret T. Hance Park, Arizona Informant’s “Juneteenth” celebration, ASU’s “Weclome Black Poetry Explosion,” ASU West’s “Westside Poetry Jam,” Chase Bank’s Black History Month festivities, and the South Mountain “Peace Fest.” Huey has also shared the stage with renowned motivational speaker Les Brown.
In addition to performing onstage, Huey has taught acting workshops for youth programs such as the Arizona Black Film Showcase’s Youth Boot Camp and for the Phoenix Center Youth Theater. She also directed the Phoenix Center Youth Theater’s production of “The Wiz” in 2007.
Huey is currently developing her second feature film and continues to perform throughout the Phoenix area.”