AWARD WINNING SHORT FILMS
Producers: Julius Tennon, Viola Davis, Andrew Wang, Ken Cheng Writer/Director: Ken Cheng Genre: Comedy Logline: Based on Cheng’s experiences growing up in a restaurant kitchen, House of Chow is a comedy about the reluctant partnership that forms between estranged, thirty something siblings Vicky and Charlie Chow. Both realize that the best way to salvage their disappointing and dysfunctional lives is to revive their family’s old Chinese restaurant and turn it into something it’s never been: a success.
Producers: 44 Blue, Shantrelle Lewis, Julius Tennon, Viola Davis Writer/Director: Shantrelle Lewis Genre: Scripted Half Hour Logline: Documentary centered around the phenomenon of Black Dandyism. “By looking sharp, the Black dandy fashions a sense of pride, positivity, and self-worth that can transcend circumstances, as well as societal perceptions. He defies monolithic understandings of what it is to be a man—particularly a Black man—through a colorful and complex dance between race, gender, power and style. Based on book Dandy Lion by Shantrelle P. Lewis.
Producers: Maria Bello, Cathy Schulman, Julius Tennon, Viola Davis Writer: Dana Stevens Genre: Drama Logline: The story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for..
Producers: Brian Rosen, Su Armstrong, Julius Tennon Writer/Director: Claire McCarthy Based on novel: The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber Genre: Drama, Thriller
Logline: The story of an African-American woman struggling to farm the Badlands in 1917.
Producers: Shelly Glasser, Diane Nabatoff, Julius Tennon, Viola Davis Writer: Lynn Nottage Genre: Drama, Biographical Logline: The life story of the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.
Executive Producers: Julius Tennon, Viola Davis, Cathy Schulman, Jeff Gaspin and Brad Kaplan Producers: Showtime and Lionsgate TV Writer: Aaron Cooley Genre: One Hour White House Drama Logline: Set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.