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Alexander Etseyatse is a first-generation Nigerian-American filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. He’s an avid art enthusiast and enjoys watching stories unfold, on- and off-screen. While he enjoys good comedy, somehow, maybe even contrarily so, when it comes to writing, he tends to lean toward deeper, darker, thought-provoking material, such as character-driven psychological thrillers and crime dramas with gritty imagery and dark tones. He also deeply cares about Black Liberation, using art to liberate our minds is a consistent theme in his work. He graduated from NYU’s Graduate Film program, Class of 2020, on a prestigious graduate scholarship, and a Spike Lee Fellowship.
Alexander’s first-year short narrative, Otis, the Digital series, made its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Otis went on to screen at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, 48th Seattle International Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival, winning “Best Digital Series” at the Bronze lens Film Festival and an honorable mention at Urbanworld. Alexander’s second-year narrative, LP, premiered at the 2019 Woodstock Film Festival, screened at HBO’ New York Latino Film Festival, PAFF, and many more. Winning the “Carl Lerner Award for Social Significance” at NYU’ First Run Film Festival. It was also nominated for “Best Student Short” at the Woodstock Film Festival. LP is now a Vimeo Staff Pick, also picked up by Omeleto and Nobudge.
Alexander Etseyatse’s most recent full-length feature screenplay, Otis N’ the Dough Boyz, was selected for the 2nd round of Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab 2020, a semifinalist of ScreenCraft Drama 2020, a semifinalist of We Screenplay Diverse Voices 2019, a quarterfinalist of The Script Lab 2020, the 2nd Round of SYS’ Six-Figures Screenplay Contest 2020, the 2nd round of ScreenCraft Film Funds 2020, an official selection of Script Summit 2020, and a quarterfinalist of the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. It was also awarded the Spike Lee Production Grant and a Caucus Foundation Grant. Overall, his work has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide. His previous short films Abidjan, Mikel’s Faith, and Four One Nine has won over 25 awards around the world (Cannes, Berlin, South Africa, and Los Angeles). Abidjan and Mikel’s Faith is available on Amazon.
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