E.W. Brooks is a writer whose fascination with the stories of those who pursued the glamorous life on the wrong side of the law led to her writing “Mafietta.” In 2014, Brooks linked up with screenwriter Alicia Allen to adapt the book into a short film, and the following year at a seminar in North Carolina, Brooks met Damon Dash. Almost immediately, the former Roc-A-Fella CEO came on board as the film’s director.