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This has been the best film festival experience to date. First off, being in the Viacom building in Times Square was so inspiring… seeing a few celebrates and mixing and mingling some of the best creatives in the US was something I’d never forget.

I had two festival entries for the festival so I just had to be there. I was also in NYC working on a project, so the trip was covered and Erica came up to join me for the final day of the festival. I had my short film, Types in Stereo for the shorts competition (just a festival selection, no awards) and my screenplay, Knife to a Gunfight (one of five finalist, of over 300 entries).

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The screenplay competition was the one my fingers were crossed for because the grand prize was $10,000 and a chance to pitch the script to industry insiders. Urbanworld also cast SAG actors to read a scene from each the screenplay finalist and that was spectacular to see the script have some life by experienced actors.

Me and Kerry Washington.

I got a chance to meet Kerry Washington after she screened her film, Night Catches Us. As you can see, I was looking like a crackhead for picture I was so excited. I gotta control my reactions when I do these photos in the future… act cool, ya know?

Posing in front of the board.
My name and screenplay (close-up)

I was invited to the awards ceremony where I found out I didn’t win the grand prize for my screenplay. It was a big let down, but such is life. I call it inches and coffee. Who knows why it didn’t win, but a finalist was still a big deal.

Posing with the actors that read a scene from my script.

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