BET NETWORKS AND PARAMOUNT PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THE TOP FIVE FINALISTS OF ITS NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S NEXT UNDISCOVERED WRITER/DIRECTOR “PROJECT CRE8”
New york, NY– August 16, 2018. Hailing from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, BET Networks and Paramount Players announce finalists of its nationwide competition, “PROJECT CRE8”. After hundreds of submissions, the contestants were narrowed down to the top five finalists, with one finalist voted on to the final round online by the viewers. Tayo Amos (Los Angeles, CA), William Anderson (Chicago, IL), Calhoun Cornwell /Viewer’s Choice winner (Atlanta, GA), Quincy Ledbetter (Brooklyn, NY) and Alexandra Tran (Los Angeles, CA), have advanced to the final round of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “PROJECT CRE8” will give one aspiring, undiscovered filmmaker the potential opportunity to produce a feature film with a million-dollar budget. In the next and final round of the competition the five finalists will pitch their film in person to a panel of successful filmmakers, writers and executives with only one filmmaker earning the title of “PROJECT CRE8” winner.
Learn more about the diverse roster of finalists and watch their originally-produced scenes now at BET.com/Cre8.
The top 5 “PROJECT CRE8” finalists in Alphabetical order are:
Synopsis: 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.
About Tayo: Tayo Amos is a director and filmmaker from the Bay Area and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She loves to tell stories in a variety of mediums: commercials for their brevity, narratives for their impact, and music videos for the range of artistic expression. While she is currently developing her first feature film, she aims to continue developing her craft within these other formats.
Film: “True Powers”
Synopsis: After his father is murdered, Willie Powers, a comic book-obsessed-black teen living on Chicago's west side, dons a makeshift superhero costume to fight crime.
About William: William Anderson is an aspiring screenwriter based in Chicago, IL. True Powers was conceived and written in just over three weeks with the hopes of entertaining as well as raising awareness about Chicago’s violence and social injustice issues. When he is not writing, William volunteers as a drum teacher for a local youth program.
Calhoun Cornwell (Viewer’s choice winner)
Film: “Orangeburg 68'”
Synopsis: 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 leading a three-day protest against the alley.
About Calhoun: Calhoun Cornwell is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he found his love for writing and directing. He would later attend Savannah College of Art and Design where he would further develop his craft for screenwriting and film-making; while achieving a Masters in Dramatic Writing. As an African-American film-maker, he believes that he is destined to be a voice for the voiceless and to be the author of untold African-American stories untold.
Film: “Alieu the Dreamer”
Synopsis: 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.
About Quincy: Quincy Ledbetter is a filmmaker, musician, and artist living in Brooklyn, New York by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. As a storyteller, Quincy works to share unique narratives across all genres, told from a rare perspective.
Project Name: “Black Girls Don't Swim”
Synopsis: 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.
About Alexandra Tran: Alexandra Tran is a Los Angeles-based writer and director experienced in female-led drama. Her previous features and pilots have been placed in multiple writing competitions. Being both multi-ethnic and multi-national, she often draws on her unusual background to portray women and girls in "fish out of water " stories.
Mentored by a team of industry professionals, the filmmaking-hopeful must deal with the pressures of delivering a viable movie -- on schedule and on budget. BET will purchase the winning screenplay and work with the winner and Paramount Players to produce their original script.
For more information on “PROJECT CRE8” and contest rules go to BET.com/Cre8. Join the conversation on social media by using and following the hashtag #ProjectCRE8.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA)(NASDAQ:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in nearly 85 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, France and South Korea. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER (formerly CENTRIC), a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET Networks around the globe.
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