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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 dramas with gritty imagery and dark tones. He also deeply cares about Pan-Africanism, using art to liberate minds by bridging the gap between Africa and the whole Black diaspora is a consistent theme in his work. He graduated from NYU’s Graduate Film program on a prestigious graduate scholarship, and a Spike Lee Fellowship.
Alexander’s Digital series, Otis, 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 short 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. LP is now a Vimeo Staff Pick, also picked up by Omeleto, Nobudge, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Revolt TV.
Alexander Etseyatse’s full-length feature screenplay, Otis, was awarded the Spike Lee Production Grant and a Caucus Foundation Grant. Check out Otis feature screenplay selections, top 5% on Coverfly. Overall, his work has screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide. His previous short films Abidjan, Mikel’s Faith, and Four One Nine have won over 25 awards around the world (Cannes, Berlin, South Africa, and Los Angeles). Abidjan and Mikel’s Faith is available on Amazon. Four One Nine is available on AfrolandTV. He’s is repped by CAA, and he is currently signed on to develop an animated series and also write the pilot.
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