April 14, 2024

Feedback from Delondra Mesa and Jonterri Gadson

SAINTS OF 145TH by Darian Dauchan (supernatural pilot)

When a newbie pastor and his Black clergy are ordained with supernatural powers in a dystopian Harlem they must fight to keep their church alive, reigniting the age-old war between angels and demons. 

Featuring Brooks Brantly, Bernard Addison, Karla Mosley, Rob Nagle, Trip Langley, Brian Dykstra, Katrina Nelson, Eric B. Anthony, and Tamika Simpkins

Darian Dauchan is an award-winning actor, writer, poet, and musician who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche) and Off-Broadway theater (Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Cherry Orchard starring Wendell Pierce). TV and film credits include Law and Order, Nickelodeon’s Bet the House as Darian the “SoundFX” Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said. Darian is most known for The Brobot Johnson Project, an Afrofuturism, Sci-Fi Hip Hop transmedia piece that won Outstanding Comedy Series at the LA Web Festival and BEST soundtrack at the Escape Velocity Festival sponsored by the Museum of Science Fiction. The show The Brobot Johnson Experience is a critically acclaimed Ben Brantley New York Times Critics’ Pick. More recently Darian was nominated for a Drama League award for Darian’s piece “Brobot PSA” in the AFO Solo Short series, a contributing voice-over actor for the short doc Lynching Postcards by Oscar-nominated director Christine Turner, produced by Fireflight Films and MTV Studios which won the Image Award for Outstanding Short Form Special, and is a New Music USA grantee. Darian is also the narrator for the recently released audiobook Master Class on Being Human published by Beacon Press. Darian’s music Doin’ it Live and Ohm can be found on all streaming platforms. www.dariandauchan.com www.brobotjohnson.com

SECRETS AND LIES written by Rodney Nugent (thriller feature)

A psychologically damaged detective, haunted by brutal murders from his past, visits his estranged brother in New Orleans. That night, his brother is arrested for a gruesome double murder and then commits suicide. Clinging to what sanity he has left Desmond must become the man he’d hoped he left behind and enter the underbelly of Orleans’s shadow worlds of opulent wealth, prostitution, ritual sex, and voodoo. 

Featuring Christopher Mychael Watson, Leonard A. Thomas, Rob Nagle, Conni Marie Brazelton, Trip Langley, Kermit Burns, Jordan Maia, and J.D. Elliby

Currently, Mr. Nugent is a prolific independent writer with multiple feature and television scripts in various stages of development. His film, John Henry, has been optioned by The Woods Entertainment Group, while his play, Skidders, a poignant portrayal of a homeless community, is under consideration by The CTG Group, promising exciting prospects.

Mr. Nugent’s play, Lost Voices, premiered at the 2020 LA Fringe Festival.

Mr. Nugent’s play, The Letter, has not only captivated audiences but also garnered several prestigious NAACP nominations, a testament to the quality and impact of his work.

Mr. Nugent began his professional career as a dancer and traveled the globe for a decade as a Principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. He also choreographed for numerous commercials and music videos.

Mr. Nugent’s footage of a story that has deep personal meaning to him, a documentary on the life of choreographic great Alvin Ailey, has been included in the current documentary on Alvin Ailey, which premiered at Sundance in 2022, in which Mr. Nugent appears as a dancer and interviewer of Mr. Ailey.

Mr. Nugent is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Los Angeles.