Director Biography – Dominick A.D. Bedasse (RUN LITTLE BOY)

Dominick Bedasse is a 2D illustrator and animator who enjoys storytelling. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Advertising at the University of Florida, he moved to New York to complete a Master’s in Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts. During his time at SVA, he worked as a children’s book illustrator, was selected to participate in a Pixar Story Workshop, and completed his first independent animated short, Run Little Boy. Currently he serves as a storyboard artist for Titmouse Inc. in New York. With a firm foundation in traditional drawing and painting, Dominick uses his skills to create works with multiple mediums, including Photoshop, After Effects, Toon-Boom Harmony, and Cinema 4D. Dominick aspires to tell impactful stories through a visual lens deriving from personal and historical experiences.

Short Film: RUN LITTLE BOY, 4min., USA, Animation

When Little Boy attempts to escape an ominous force chasing after him, he becomes trapped within a nightmarish world. The deeper he travels into this realm, the more he learns how it is systematically designed to destroy him. Running up against cruel and callous opponents, Little Boy must quickly develop the courage needed to survive. But can he really live in a world where the rules never work out in his favor?

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Director Biography – Monique Lola Berkley (I HATE THIS FKN JOB)

Born and raised in the community of Harlem, New York by a single parent, Monique understood from childhood that if anything was worthwhile in this life it will require commitment, passion, sometimes loneliness and consistency.

Monique won a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute after having auditioned in a city-wide search for talent currently living within the NYCHA and showcasing the ability to command presence on the platform of a stage while incorporating vocal strength and a knack for using the imagination. Always dreaming of an acting career, she worked in a number of offices throughout the years. The day job paid the bills, however, it was the evening of rehearsals and auditions that kept a fire burning in this young woman’s eyes. All along hoping for the chance to be “discovered”.

Not one to sit still for long and dissatisfied with the slow pace of relatable material, Monique auditioned and earned a spot within Marymount Manhattan College’s esteemed Theater Program. Elevating her stage experience with classical training and performance skills and even crewing enabled a continued development and growth for a career as a performer. After graduation and participating in more Off-Off Broadway and Off Broadway productions the only gradual progression was to begin working in film.

As an actress and producer on a number of indie film projects, Monique’s interest in filmmaking began to formulate into ideas and stories familiar to Monique’s heart and life’s experiences. Thus she began to write and discovered she enjoyed telling stories offering healing yet motivating and overall what she deems as the truth. Discovering the ability to tell stories and then film them has opened up a newfound and highly respected love for the art of storytelling. Relating from the soul of an actor, mind of a writer and now spirited new director has introduced Monique to a world of opportunity while creatively growing.

Director Statement

As a first time filmmaker I am looking forward to sharing my stories and hope to remain committed to telling honest, conscious yet healing narratives of the human experience.

Short Film: I HATE THIS FKN JOB, 17min, USA, Drama

Young, driven and professional, Naima Ali is the only woman of color in her office. On the surface seemingly no issues but once peeled back the pages of her employer, Winning Magazine, we get to see why Naima feels the way she does. Naima’s coworkers might not deal with issues the way she does, however, we question are they as happy with their jobs as portrayed.

  • Project Type:Short
  • Genres:Comedy, Motivational, Socially Conscious
  • Runtime:17 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:April 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Language:English
  • Shooting Format:4K and Red
  • Aspect Ratio:16.9

Director Biography – Ivory Leonard IV, Diante Thomas (THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA: PAST)

Ivory Leonard IV graduated from Florida A&M University Magna Cum Laude in Theatre Performance and concentration in Dance. After graduation, he trained with renown dance company PHILADANCO “The Philadelphia Dance Company” and has been a full time performer since. Leonard is also a recipient of Best Actor in a Musical for the role of Richie Walters in A Chorus Line. In the Summer of 2020, he founded his company Sankofa1619, LLC, in which he directs, produces, and writes his own films. One of his films, Identity: Absently Present premiered in Middle Coast Film Festival where he was Nominated for Best Actor in a Short.

Director Statement

My hope is that my work leaves an imprint. That not only the dreamers believe tha

Director BIO: JP Snell (FREE)

I’m a well-rounded artist with a passion for visual storytelling complemented with practical business experience. I’ve worked in film & television production, music & media licensing for over 20 years.

Behind the camera, I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects including corporate videos, global advertising campaigns, music videos, television shows, & feature films. As a filmmaker, I’m an influential storyteller with a strong visual and creative style. I’m a skilled director and team leader. I maintain excellent rapport with both talent & crew, using respectful and clear communication. I’ve written, produced, and directed award-winning short films in the US and Europe. My last film, Hypothetically, won Best of the Fest at the Seattle Comedy Film Festival, had a top 10 finish at the Hollywood Black Film Festival, and was featured on the LGBTQ night of the Ohio Independent Film Festival.

I also have 16 successful years working in music & media licensing. At Extreme Music, my responsibilities included building strong personal relationships with a diverse client base. While at Music Beyond, I strategized, implemented, and supervised new marketing and sales approaches that increased our brand recognition and revenue in New York City and the East Coast. As a Business Development Manager with the Other Brothers Film Co., I sought opportunities to expand their services and answer the demands of a growing Nordic market.

Director Statement

A Raconteur. Have Satire, Will Travel.

Director BIO: Christian Nunez (CUIDATE)

Christian Nuñez is a 25 year old filmmaker based out of The Bronx, New York. He is a recent graduate from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema with a concentration in Digital Animation and Visual Effects. The inspiration for many of his productions stem from his experience as an Afro Latino growing up in streets of New York City. Christian aims to continue creating films which highlight stories that haven’t been explored yet and promote diversity in the industry.

Short Film: CUIDATE, 3min., USA, Sci-FI/Drama

Written and Directed by filmmaker Christian Nuñez, Cuídate follows a mother, Rita Medina, who is an engineer as she works from home, late one night, on a project. While she works, the racket of the ominous city outside her window plus a radio broadcast of the death of an innocent black child fuels her own fear for the well-being of her son, TJ Medina. She struggles to remain focused and accidentally fries the circuits she is working on. Rita finds calm and motivation through a photo of TJ on her desk and continues to work through the night. In the morning she presents her work to her son with hopes that it helps him navigate the world.

  • Project Type:Short, Student
  • Genres:Sci-fi, Drama
  • Runtime:2 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:July 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Language:English