The Boxser Diversity Initiative is thrilled to announce Wilderley (Will) Mauricette as the newest member of our Advisory Board.

Will is a remarkable filmmaker whose life’s journey has profoundly shaped his artistic voice and vision. Born in Haiti and having immigrated to the Manasota area as a child, Will has woven this community deeply into the fabric of his identity. It was here, under the mentorship of Nate Jacobs at the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, that he first discovered his true calling in the arts after initially pursuing law enforcement.

From the stage to filming in Ghana, Africa, Will’s youthful experiences have allowed him to develop a rich narrative tapestry that he has translated into cinematic artform. This compelling need to tell authentic, thought-provoking stories led him to establish his own production company, Mauricette Pictures, in 2016.

Will earned his BFA in Film at Ringling College in 2024, but his passion for filmmaking took root long before. His first feature, “Monopoly Money: The Movie,” produced in 2021, led to collaborations with talents like Terry Crews and prestigious festival exhibitions like the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Will’s dedication and talent were further recognized when he won the “Visions of the Black Experience Emerging Filmmaker Scholarship,” awarded by the Boxser Diversity Initiative as part of the Visions of the Black Experience film festival, in both 2022 and 2023.

We are proud to have Will join BDI’s Advisory Board. His artistic passion and talent for transformative storytelling will undoubtedly enrich our mission and inspire our community.

Welcome, Will!