THE TOP 5 FINALISTS

See which of our five rising stars will win the chance to have a $1,000,000 budget to direct his/her film!

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  • Quincy Ledbetter
    “Alieu the Dreamer”
    In a world where humans haven't dreamed for three decades, a driven government agent discovers a struggling young man in the projects who has started dreaming.
    CREDITS
    Cast
    William Perry as Alieu
    Trevor Zhou as Takuya
    Gys De Villiers as Steven
    Andrea Goldman as Maya
    Jonathan Ridore as Boy

    Crew
    Writer, Director, DP, Editor, Composer: Quincy Ledbetter
    Producer & 1st AD: Yuki Maekawa-Ledbetter
    Sound Recorder/Boom Operator: Monica Rodriguez
    1st AC & PA: Marc Gomes
    Makeup: Suki Tsujimoto
    Special Thanks: Ange, Manny, and Masako
  • Alexandra Tran
    “Black Girls Don't Swim”
    A black Muslim teen in small-town Minnesota risks her life and everything her refugee family has built when she pursues her dream of competitive swimming.
    CREDITS
    Directed by: Alexandra Tran
    Written by: Alexandra Tran
    Produced by: Alexandra Tran and Joseph Tran

    Cast:
    Halima – Bronte Scoggins
    Coach Katie – Mari Weiss
    Principal Smith – Kevin McCorkle

    Director of Photography/Editor: Joseph Tran

    “A” Camera/Gaffer: Tristan Starr
    “B” Camera/1st AC: James McCartney
    “C” Camera/Steadicam Operator: Joseph Tran
    2nd AC: Sade´ Sellers
    3rd AC: Turi Haim
    Sound Recordist/Boom Operator: Spencer Downie
    Script Supervisor: Norine Flynn
    Videographer: George S. Nader
    Production Assistant: Brendan Flynn
    Catering by: Big Mango, Inc.

    Special Thanks:
    SAG-AFTRA
    Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center, Scottie Biggers, Jessica Boyd, Kayla Loebl, Mirian Torres
    Dennis Dugan
    Thi Dinh
    Joe Skilton
    Kurt Kuenne
  • William Anderson
    “True Powers”
    POW! After the death of his father, Willie Powers, a comic book-obsessed, west-side Chicago teenager dons a makeshift superhero costume to clean up the streets. BAM! But taking his crime fighting routine to white suburbia gets him mistaken for a robber by local authorities, illustrating that justice is downright complicated.
    CREDITS
    Written and Directed By: Will Anderson

    Willie Powers: Charles-Curtis Sanders
    Dan: Alex Lewis
    Sally: Arielle Elonys
    Purse Thief: Dean Jacobs
    Erin: Allison Hawkstone
    Police Officer 1: Branden Macor
    Police Officer 2: Lars Nordgaard
    Woman with Baby: Leryn Gorlitsky Condon
    Hero Stunts: Hung Hyung

    Producer: Tyler Condon
    Producer: Lars Nordgaard
    Creative Consultant: Terrance L. Jones
    Props and Wardrobe: Logan Joseph
    Picture Vehicle: Rigo Obezo
    Director of Photography: AJ Young
    1st Assistant Camera: Jacob Hellinga
    Drone Operator: Kevin Conway Jr.
    Hair & Makeup: Lili Kaytmaz
    Chief Lighting Technician: Mike Maliwanag
    Production Sound Mixer: Antonio Dominick
    Boom Operator: Chris Saucedo
    Edited By: Dan Packer
    Color By: Ryan McNeal
    Sound Editor: Brad Urba
    Special Thanks: 20/20
    Special Thanks: CFG
    Special Thanks: TWA
    Featuring Music By” King Deazel, “I’m God”
  • Tayo Amos
    “Elite”
    Pressured by her demanding father, a high school senior at a rigorous prep school goes to extreme lengths to get into her dream Ivy League college.
    CREDITS
    Director: Tayo Amos
    Writer: Tayo Amos
    Producer: Agustin Mares, John Fairchild
    DP: J Garrett Vorreteur
    1st AD: David McCall
    1st AC: Alyssa Renzi
    2nd AC: Shelby Adair
    Gaffer: Mauricio Zambrano
    Grip/Boom Operator: Stephen Nigro
    Production Sound: Naixin Fan
    Wardrobe/Art PA: Lizz Marshall
    Makeup/Hair: Cheyenne Garvert
    Makeup/Hair Asst.: Hali McGowan
    PA: Leonard Thomas
    Set Photographer: Nick Manousos

    CAST
    Abiola Nnake - Tayo Amos
    Chloe Ford - Caroline Dingwall
    Whitney Bennett - Kelley Mack
    Emily Zhang - Kristeen Chan
    Mr Winston - Brick Patrick

    Classroom Students
    Rianne Faye Senining
    Shawna Merkley
    Anel Bekbenbetox
    Kendra Hiramatsu
    Melissa Chang
    Shai Culver
    Lizz Marshall

    Post Production
    Editor: Ilana Rozin
    Colorist: Kenzo Le
    Sound Designer/Mixer: Muhasani Kosomo
    Composer: Alex Winkler
  • Calhoun Cornwell
    “Orangeburg 68'”
    In 1968, Harry Floyd denied African-Americans the right to bowl at his alley, resulting in a group of students from South Carolina State University to lead a three-day protest against the alley.
    CREDITS
    Crew
    Written and Directed by Calhoun Cornwell
    Cinematographer: Dwayne Green
    Editor: Sara Bennett
    1st AD: Andy Sirvanta
    A Cam Op: Jay Johnson
    Assistant: Anthony Mac
    B Cam Op: Najee Rawlins
    Assistant: Darnel Lane
    Steady Cam Op: Bridget Lamonica
    Grip: Alan Brooks
    Sound: Shaheed Phillip

    Cast
    Big Duley - Erskine C. Johnson lll
    Henry Smith - Patrick Walker
    James Davis - Christian Noble
    John Stroman - DJames Jones
    Samuel Hammond - Larry Rhem

A Thousand Words With Michelle Obama

Wednesday, Dec. 5 9/8c

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