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Twin sisters, Joyce “Eli” and Jean “Lu” Bevins, were raised by their grandparents in West Philadelphia. The sisters attended Overbrook High School (OHS) where they played various sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and badminton; participated in several clubs and organizations such as drumline, choir, The Environmental Stewardship Program, the National Honors Society, and the Film Club where the sisters were first introduced to screenwriting. In their senior year of OHS, the sisters became recipients of the Elvira B. Pierce Scholarship Fund and graduated within the top 10 of the 2008 OHS Class. As first-generation college students, Eli and Lu attended Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) located in North Carolina. The sisters majored in Computer Science with a minor in Aviation Science. Aside from their scientific studies, Eli and Lu played intramural sports and joined the ECSU Mass Media Club where they wrote, directed and produced their first stage play. After putting on two stage plays in college, Eli & Lu started a web show based off their second stage play to simply have a recording of their work, which eventually lead the sister’s back to their filmmaking aspirations. During their sophomore year of college, Eli and Lu started Eli Lu Productions. In 2012, the sisters received their Bachelor Degrees from ECSU’s School of Mathematics & Computing and obtained a full ride to Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB) School of Informatics & Computing Masters Program.
Prior to attending graduate school, the sisters took the next several months to focus on their film desires. In 2013, under the leadership of Cassandra Green of the Mill Creek Community Partnership (MCCP) and a generous grant from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Eli and Lu filmed and produced their first hour-long film: “The Mill Creek Documentary”. The film consisted of over 40 interviewees including the Honorable Councilwoman Jannie L Blackwell of the 3rd District and the late Frances Aulston of the Paul Robenson House/West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. After filming the documentary, Eli and Lu left Philadelphia for Bloomington Indiana to attend Indiana University (IU) for the next two years.
While at IU, Eli and Lu submitted various short films to compete in the Campus MovieFest (CMF) Hollywood competition, the largest student film festival in the world. Together, the sisters have received numerous film awards, including the 2014 First Place Elfenworks prize for their social justice film “Systematic Living,” in which the award was presented by “Underground” actress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell at the Universal Globe Theater at Universal Studios, Hollywood. In May of 2016, their CMF short film “My Dear Arthur” was selected to screen at the world’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival in the South of France. Since Eli & Lu have written and directed numerous short films and full-length screenplays, produced a multicultural supernatural thriller, and performing as spoken word artist. Currently, Eli and Lu are working on their first cinematic spoken word film project titled “Sound Mind” and a spoken word stage play called “Broken Tables”.