Thursday, March 4, 2021

Be In The Know: 5 Black Screenwriters To Watch

Willie L. Davis, Jr.

Earlier this month, we celebrated National Screenwriting Day by encouraging members of our platform to share their work with us. Now, we are sharing five promising Black screenwriters from the Black TV Film Crew family. We love our tribe.

Willie L. Davis Jr. and Ron Covington are both Co-Creators, Executive Producers, and Screenwriters of the Ticker Project Series. Davis hails from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Cal-State Long Beach film school and an Air Force Veteran.  His screenplays have made the quarter-finals for the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, and Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. He’s previously worked on the TV show, Dark Angel.  

Ron Covington

Ron Covington is a Howard University graduate and a former fellow in the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship program. He’s written a number of theatre shows including the rock operetta, State of the Heart, produced in San Diego. His children’s musical, Larry The Lobster, starring Michael Jai White, toured Connecticut. 

Ticker

Davis and Covington’s latest project is Ticker, an edgy short-form anthology series produced for the web. Ticker is a series of five-ten minute installments that explores the human condition. Told via rotating genres, each story unfolds within a world confined to space often like that of a hospital room – where only you and the four walls are witness to the visitors’ plight – and their inevitable twisted fates. 

Eddie Moton is an Actor and Screenwriter from San Diego, CA. Eddie writes action, sci-fi, adventure, and horror screenplays that aim to subvert expectations. As a BIPOC and case manager in the mental health field with a background in teaching, Eddie crafts stories to raise awareness about mental illness in marginalized communities.

Phoenix Edge

His latest project, a feature-length psychological thriller with elements of horror called “Phoenix Edge,” placed as a Semifinalist in the ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition; Quarter-Finalist in the StoryPros International Screenplay Contest; and Quarter-Finalist in the SWN Screenplay Competition.

“Phoenix Edge” Logline: A starving artist, battling narcolepsy and facing eviction, scores the interview of a lifetime at a world-class design firm. When he’s challenged by its eccentric, thrill-seeking CEO who happens to be his exact double, he seeks the help of an unorthodox psychotherapist.

Celia C. Peters

Celia C. Peters is a Screenwriter, Filmmaker, and Artist who creates visceral stories about complex, unforgettable characters. Peters is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and the Writers Guild of America. In 2020, she was a lecturer at the Ohio State University, teaching screenwriting and Black Visual Culture and Popular  Media. She is also the creator and instructor of the B.A.M.N Filmmaking Afterschool Program and Workshops. 

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Godspeed

Her latest project is Godspeed in which a woman fighting to save her sanity confronts a new understanding of what it is to be human. Godspeed tells the story of New York in 2040. New York is a high-tech wonderland and high achiever Brandy Fitzgerald is at the top of her game. She’s a technology editor at a successful Web magazine and an aspiring developer who has created a powerful, game-changing algorithm. But she’s plagued by a sickening sense that something is not right. Brandy’s career is riding high but she’s inspired to step out of her editor role to create the algorithm which takes her company to the next level. She gets deeper and deeper in, becoming obsessed with perfecting her algorithm; soon Brandy’s successful life becomes a scary, unpredictable place after bizarre symptoms take root in her mind. 

Warren A. Rhodes

Warren A. Rhodes is a Screenwriter, Director, and producer. Rhodes wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning feature film, God’s Amazing Grace is Just A Prayer Away (2013), which starred famed actor Clifton Davis.  He wrote and directed the original gospel musical stage plays, The Sermon (1989) and The Sermon II: The Plan (1991).  Both plays toured in several cities in the mid-Atlantic area. His latest screenplay, “I’m Dreaming of A Christ Christmas was first produced as a stage play. It won “Best Script” at the Christian Film Festival, was a semi-finalist at the WNY Film, Art and Music event, and semi-finalist at the International New York Film Festival.  

I’m Dreaming of A Christ Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a Christ Christmas tells the story of a precocious and imaginative 11-year-old Black girl’s dream of Christ’s birth.  We follow Kat’s clever imaginings as she travels back in time to Bethlehem to witness the events of that Holy Night.  Classic and original songs are brilliantly mixed to produce an exciting and masterful retelling of the Christmas story.  Rhodes envisions that I’m Dreaming of a Christ Christmas will become an annual family holiday tradition, watched and loved by young and old.

For Screenwriters…

If you are a screenwriter and are looking for an accountability group, we run one every day on Clubhouse starting at 7 am PST/10 am EST.

Screenwriters: Feel free to email us and let us know what you’re working on. We’d love another reason to highlight five more people from our tribe.

Our featured image is from Celia Peter’s upcoming film, Godspeed.

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