Fredrica
Bailey recently spoke to EBONY about being one of the writers of the new Netflix
sci-fi film See You Yesterday.

Bailey
is a 2016 MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, which is where she
met Stefon Bristol, her co-writer and director of the movie about two teenage
science prodigies who invent a time-traveling device and try to use it to undo
a fatal police shooting.

Bristol
told EBONY the decision to make the lead a Black woman named after Madam C.J.
Walker was deliberate, one Bailey said the writing duo made to create a
powerful representation for viewers.

“Stefon
and I just wanted a strong lead character, and that’s what C.J. ended up
being,” she said. “As we started creating her and working with her, she just
came off the page.”

Comparing
main characters C.J. and Sebastian, Bailey said they mirror qualities of their
creators.

“It’s
funny because I always say Stefon is in some ways is similar to C.J., and Sebastian
has a lot of my traits. It’s like we have children,” she joked.

Bailey
shared that many hours were spent outlining the film, which was initially a
short used as Bristol’s graduate film program thesis. She also said she asked her teenage niece and nephew to help authenticate
the slang and other language used by today’s youth.

Watch the full interview above to learn what event the writer would change if she had access to a time machine and what her part in the film means to her.

See You Yesterday is now streaming on Netflix.

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