TUNDE ADEBIMPE is an American musician, actor, director, and visual artist best known as the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band TV on the Radio. He is known for his work on Nasty Baby (2015) Grand Theft Auto V (2013), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Jump Tomorrow (2001). TV on the Radio has released several EPs including their debut Young Liars (2003), and five studio albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Return to Cookie Mountain (2006), Dear Science (2008), Nine Types of Light (2011), and Seeds (2014).
CHINA SHAVERS is a native New Yorker who grew up in Spanish Harlem. Her work includes films like Mike Mills' Beginners, Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton’s Ruby Sparks, Shaka King's Mulignans, FX The People vs OJ. Just to name a few. A New York/LA based actress. China prides her Afro- Caribbean roots as one of the things that has defined her as an artist.
MARSHALL TYLER is a Los Angeles based filmmaker whose documentary work on global/social issues has taken him around the world. His first doc, Skid Row followed Pras Michel (from Fugees' fame) disguised as a homeless man as he lived on the streets of LA's skid row for nine straight days. The film offers a first-hand account of what the homeless experience, and provides insight into the gaping disparity between rich and poor in one of America's most glamorous cities. That collaboration led to, Paper Dreams: A Tale of Two Piracies where he and Pras traveled to the outer regions of the war-torn Somali nation to personally explore up close the ransom-based piracy issue that had entrenched a small portion of the Somali population. Transitioning into narratives, Marshall is in development on several projects, one of which is based on a popular novel by legendary author, Iceberg Slim. Marshall’s latest project, is a short film he wrote, produced and directed called Night Shift starring Tunde Adebimpe (TV on The Radio) and executive produced by Juvee Productions. Before striking out on his own, Marshall worked as an assistant and videographer to his mentor, legendary filmmaker, Michael Mann (Ali, Collateral, Miami Vice, Public Enemies).
MOIRA GRIFFIN is a Los Angeles based Producer and Strategist who focuses on creating an inclusive space for diverse artists to thrive by helping them gain access to the international marketplace, finance and emerging technologies. She has numerous projects under her belt including music videos, short films, features, documentaries and webseries for a variety of companies, including PBS, YouTube, and NBC Universal. With award-winning projects such as “The New Black”, “Black Folk Don’t”, “Hug”, and “The Contest” premiering at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, AFI Docs, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Human Rights Watch Film Festival, she is consistently focused on helping directors move their projects from development through post. Previously, she worked as VP of Development with Pipedream Productions developing scripts with established and emerging writers. A founding director of Rooftop Films, she has curated film programs for multiple organizations from Ocularis (New York, NY) to the Global Peace Film Festival (Bali). In addition, she developed the Ethiopia Film Initiative as a consultant with the IETFF in Monaco, which supports Ethiopian filmmakers and the development of an Ethiopian film industry. Originally from the border cities of Windsor (Ontario) and Detroit (Michigan), she holds degrees in Media Studies and Japanese Studies from the University of Windsor.
EFURU FLOWERS is a Bay Area, California native who began her career working with director John Singleton (Hustle & Flow, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, Boys ‘N The Hood) and former CAA agent and producing partner Bradford W. Smith in Singleton’s New Deal Productions. She is an alum of the Producers Guild of America’s The Power of Diversity program; developed film projects with industry producers including Bold Films (Whiplash, Nightcrawler), Archlight Films (Crash), and James Gandolfini's Attaboy Films (Hemingway & Gellhorn); worked in development and sales for producer, distributor and broadcaster Alliance Atlantis; and worked for Paramount Pictures in its feature acquisitions department. She is currently representing Black films for worldwide sales with Flourishing Films, and developing a number of feature and television projects including Skylarking written and to be directed by Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us). Efuru's commitment to finding meaningful material and collaborating with exceptional talent continues to drive her passion for producing and contributing creatively within the entertainment industry. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
VIOLA DAVIS is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater and has won rave reviews for her intriguingly diverse roles. Audiences across the United States and internationally have admired her for her work- including her celebrated, Oscar-nominated performances in The Help (2011) and Doubt (2008), and her work in ABC's How To Get Away With Murder (2014-2015). In little more than 15 years as a professional actress, Davis has given her audiences a substantial list of performances: appearances in 23 films, more than 40 episodes of television dramas, seven Broadway and off-Broadway productions, earning a cascade of awards and nominations. Davis recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work on How To Get Away With Murder.
JULIUS TENNON is an accomplished film, television, and theatre veteran with over thirty years of experience. A native of Austin, Texas, he began as both a thespian and a star linebacker. Julius was offered a full football scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where he became the very first African-American to graduate from the theatre department. Mr. Tennon's notable screen credits include: Fame, Friday Night Lights, Dazed and Confused, Lonesome Dove, and popular television shows such as Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles, ER, The Practice, Mad About You, NYPD Blue, and Moesha, among many others. In 1999, Julius was blessed to meet the love of his life, Viola Davis, on the set of the CBS series City of Angels. A month after meeting, they began dating, and were married four years later. A couple in every sense of the word, their greatest joy comes from sharing both their life and art together. Julius and Viola have shared both the stage and screen, appearing in such notable projects as Intimate Apparel at the Mark Taper Forum, CBS' Laws of Chance, The Architect, and Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story and the upcoming film Lila and Eve.
BRYAN H CARROLL is an American director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Over the years, Bryan Carroll's knowledge and expertise led him into the roles of director, producer, writer and editor. During his long and prolific career he has collaborated with directors and producers like James Cameron, Michael Mann, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver. Bryan is also known for creating the Editexpress - the first mobile film editing trailers for location use on feature films. He is best known for his award winning documentary Why We Ride, his distinctions from the American Motorcyclist Association and contributions to Titanic, Public Enemies, Die Hard (1988 film), Predator, Collateral, Miami Vice, Ali (the movie), Skid Row, The Phantom.
JOHN EVANGELISTA, a graduate of CUNY, recently made his first motion picture investment, which evolved into his purchasing of the movie rights to the Iceberg Slim novel, ‘Mama Black Widow’ (MBW). It was in connection with the development of this film that he met 'Night Shift' screenwriter and Director, Marshall Tyler, who had written a Screen Play based on the book MBW. Prior to becoming involved in film financing, Mr. Evangelista had a career in real estate, studied metaphysics, and was involved in promoting individual freedoms such as those connected with California Proposition 215. He continues to pursue these interests while helping to finance film projects which he considers important.
KAYLON HUNT A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Kaylon Hunt has been recognized for his body of work in both acting and filmmaking. His work has been featured in many top national media outlets and publications including IndieWire, Essence, and Variety Magazine, which deemed him “One to Watch” in their Hollywood New Leaders issue. Hunt has produced a number of award-winning projects including Turbo, which won an Emmy Foundation College Television Award, and his first directorial effort, Hero Story, which has toured at festivals across the globe. Formerly a math major, Hunt learned to teach himself difficult skill-sets such as programming and visual effects. He is an avid fan of technology and art, and finding ways to innovatively blend the two together.
ROBERTA MARIE MONROE is a seasoned film industry veteran who hails from Toronto, Canada and has lived and worked in Los Angeles CA for 15 years. Prior to writing, directing and producing short and feature films, Roberta worked at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), the Independent Feature Project (IFP New York City), the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where she programmed film for 5 years. She moved on from film programming in 2006, and has written/directed and/or produced over 30 films including shorts, and features in both narrative and documentary genres. Roberta is the author of the short filmmakers “bible”, titled How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer (Hyperion paperback and digital 2009, 2nd Edition published by Hachette, 2015). She, herself, has produced and directed numerous award winning films that have premiered at such prestigious festivals as Tribeca, Cinequest, Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, and several other top tier festivals. Her second book, also dedicated to filmmakers, is titled When Not To Sign A Contract. Ms. Munroe is currently writing, directing and producing a documentary series, Charleston 2016, with her producing partner, Lauren Waring Douglas. Roberta is highly respected, and beloved by filmmakers all over the world as a true champion of artists.
A native of New York City, ERIC BRANCO attended The Bronx High School of Science and the School of Visual Arts before beginning his career. As a cinematographer, Eric has lensed several feature films including V/H/S (dir. Glenn McQuaid), and HYPOTHERMIA (dir. James Felix McKenney), as well as a host of short films such as THE RIVER (dir. Sam Handel), HAIKU IN BROOKLYN (dir. Stephano Maria Palombi), and THE COMPOSITOR (dir. John Mattiuzzi), winner of a 2013 Student Academy Award. His work has also screened at festivals worldwide, including Cannes, Sundance, TriBeCa, Slamdance and SXSW. Eric has also directed numerous music videos, commercials, and short films. His debut feature, STAY COLD STAY HUNGRY, recently premiered at the Coney Island Film Festival, where it took home the award for Best Feature Film.
CHRISTOPHER GRAY Casting has been at the forefront of the Movie and Television industry for over 30 years. We have been associated with popular projects such as “Miami Vice”, “Collateral” and “Blackhat” with Michael Mann, “The Rainmaker” with Francis Ford Coppola , “Lost Highway” and “Mulholland Drive” with David Lynch as well as"Knight of Cups" with Terrance Malick, "Straight Outta Compton" with F. Gary Gray, AMC Network “Fear the Walking Dead” and Directv's Original Series "Kingdom". Throughout our tenure in the entertainment industry, Christopher Gray Casting has worked in close conjunction with many industry greats and award winners from Denzel Washington, Michael Mann, F Gary Gray, John Singleton, to Steven Spielberg, collaborating hand in hand to meet their production needs and shape their cinematic vision into ground-breaking master pieces. This technique has been our trade mark that producers and directors have come to enjoy. This uniquely eloquent approach to casting stands us apart from other mundane agencies that lack the creative vision. Christopher Gray Casting has over hundreds of credits including such highly successful films and television shows such as “The Great Debaters”, ”Hustle and Flow”, "Rectify", “Amistad”, “Men of Honor”, and “We Were Soldiers”. Christopher Gray Casting has always strived to produce quality and socially conscious projects that promote the betterment of humanity.
TIMO CHEN is an extraordinarily gifted pianist, virtuoso guitarist, versatile composer, arranger, songwriter, and music producer. His talents were nurtured at a young age at the USC Community School of Performing Arts (now the Colburn School) and on through his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as well as into his adult life around the world studying and performing a diverse array of music including Chinese Pop, American Jazz, Balinese Gamelan, and Peking Opera. After spending a number of years assisting composers and working in the realm of music technology and perforamance, Timo was selected to be a fellow for the 2014 Sundance Film Music and Sound labs at Skywalker Sound. Shortly after, he returned to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival having scored Jennifer Phang's film, "Advantageous." His career in film and TV music has allowed him to work with composers and film makers such as Mateo Messina, Ginger Shankar, Nathan Wang, and Justin Lin. His work can be heard on TV shows and films such as The People’s Choice Awards, Sunset Stories, Fairly Legal, Duck Dynasty, and Inseparable. You can also hear his music in various iPhone applications, airline safety-videos, commercials, and award-winning independent films that have screened at festivals worldwide.
MICHAEL UZOWURU also known by his nickname Uzi, is a Nigerian–American record producer, musician, and songwriter from Cypress, California. He has produced for Frank Ocean, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, and Vic Mensa, among others. Michael Uzowuru began his music career by working with a number of collaborators. His earlier projects include works with Vince Staples and Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Matt Martians from The Jet Age of Tomorrow, and Hodgy Beats. In 2012, Uzowuru released a mixtape entitled “Winter in Prague” with longtime friend and collaborator Vince Staples. The mixtape received positive reviews, sending waves through the independent music world. In 2013, Uzowuru produced the opening track "Pre" for Earl Sweatshirt's debut album Doris. Later that year, he produced "Tweakin" and "Yap Yap" for Chicago rapper Vic Mensa's second mixtape Innanetape, gaining Uzowuru more recognition for his production. In addition to producing for other artists, he has released a number of instrumental and solo projects. Notably Paisley Palm Trees, which was premiered by The FADER magazine and his most recent project Pink Orchids', released in August 2014. A departure from his beat production, the project is composed of cinematic instrumentals with a feature from Vic Mensa on the track "Waves". In 2016, Uzowuru's name appeared on the production credits for Frank Ocean's project "Endless" as well as Frank Ocean's long awaited second album Blond. Uzowuru is credited as both a writer and a producer on the track "Nights". Released on August 20, 2016, the album is a follow up to Frank's critically acclaimed 2012 album Channel ORANGE. He is slated to appear on rapper Kevin Abstract's second album American Boyfriend as a producer and collaborator.
SAM RESTIVO is a film editor who is proud to work with director Marshall Tyler on NIGHT SHIFT. They previously collaborated on filmmaker Michael Mann’s Collateral (2004) & Miami Vice (2006). Additionally, Sam has extensive experience working alongside acclaimed directors Robert Zemeckis, Vince Gilligan, Michael Bay, David Zucker, & Roland Emmerich. Sam has edited 5 feature films himself & currently assists Oscar-winning editor Joe Hutshing, ACE on the upcoming 20th Century Fox release The Greatest Showman on Earth (2017), starring Hugh Jackman.
SAMI MARTIN SARMIENTO has worked as a designer and style consultant in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She studied fashion design and European costume history in Paris through her studies at Parsons School of Design and also graduated from their New York school. Sami made her entry into film with the indie feature TWEAKER WITH AN AXE (assistant costume designer) and the dark comedy short HELP WANTED. More recently, she completed work as the costume designer for CLARA’S CARMA, a short comedy film directed by Robert Brinkmann, starring Stephen Tobolowsky and Alex Dawson. She is also known for her work on Insidious (2010), Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) and Extraction (2012). Prior to her West Coast migration, Sami was the founder and designer for EUCLiD, her own New York based lingerie label. She developed the company for seven years, managed sales and marketing and had her designs featured on the cover of Maxim Magazine, consistently in the pages of Lucky Magazine, on a featured segment of SiTV's “StylEyes”, and in many other national editorial publications. Her collection was sold across the United States, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Night Shift | Short Film | 15:35 | USA | 2017
Sales Representative: Flourishing Films
A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.
Having been raised in a working class/military family in Hawaii and San Diego, I’m intrigued by stories and characters that depict working class people trying to eke out a living the best way they know how. NIGHT SHIFT represents just one aspect of that journey and tells the story of an aimless soul in search of an answer to the question- “What are you going to do with your life?”
Ollie is a character that I’ve come to love. Played by the incredibly talented Tunde Adebimpe (NASTY BABY), OLLIE JEFFRIES is an on-again off-again actor whose career has stagnated over the years and ends up gigging as a bathroom attendant in a LA nightclub, called “The Fix”. Quick easy, tax-free money to hold him over between jobs was his goal, and he quickly convinced himself it wouldn't be so bad.
Working in intimate close quarters with random strangers provides a window to study human behavior. On this particular night, a series of random and sometimes strange, degrading encounters become too much to bear, as Ollie is forced to confront not only a personal situation with his soon-to-be ex-wife TRACEY (China Shavers- MULLIGNANS), but also the disrespect and blatant disregard from his customers.
His life got off track and now he’s trying to figure out what to do with his life.
Executive Produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVeee Productions, as a way to further their commitment to the support of emerging Black artists, this short has provided me with the opportunity to explore the narrative form in my own voice and unique point of view. I am thankful to also have original compositions by composer Timo Chen (Advantageous) and original music by Michael Uzowuro (producer-Frank Ocean). Together with my cinematographer Eric Branco and editor Sam Restivo (assistant editor- Birth of a Nation), I believe we have crafted a short film that is a lyrical expression of one man’s fear of facing the potential end of a dream.
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