Project Description


A young calm, mentally unstable man attempts to convince his new buddy that they don’t belong at a Psych ward by inciting an uprising while trying to win back the affection of his ex-fiancée and daughter.

Otis: Episode 1

#After The Party

Written and Directed by Alexander Etseyatse


Alexander Etseyatse – Otis

Dwinsley Homere – Ryan

Jenelle Valle Simone – Janice

Paul Arthur – Martin


Cinematography by Rashad Frett

Produced by Ebony Lewis

1 st Assistant Director by Anita Braithwaite

2 nd Assistant Director Pierre M. Coleman

Gaffer Olivier Theurillat

1 st AC Hanna Mundal

Sound Eric Oren

Boom Raed Alsemari

Still Photographer Loren Gayle

Editing by Alexander Etseyatse,

Colorist and Co-Editor by Noel Rayo

Sound Design and Engineering by Neil Benezra

ADR Engineer by Philip Abbott Cadoux

Otis: Episode 2

#Six Months Earlier

Written and Directed by Alexander Etseyatse


Otis – Alexander Etseyatse

Johnny  – Keithen Hergott

James – Bob Van Lindt

Riggs – Murray Adams

Craig – Brian Hibbler

Janice – Jenelle Valle Simone

Jayla – Synciere Smedley

Hillary – Sarah Baskin

Nurse – Bettina Goolsby

Waitress – Jessica Perez

Psych Officers – Bill Johnson, Reginald L. Barnes, Lloyd Tross, Mario Daniel

Patients – Dwinsley Homeere, Kyle Seales, Deshaun Wright, Tisheem Moore


Writer, Director & Executive Producer – Alexander Etseyatse

Producers – Eytan Millstone, Lily Johnson 

Cinematographer – TJ Hellmuth

Gaffer – Dan Lipski

Assistant Director – Tony Henry

Film Editors – Alexander Etseyatse, Niv Klainer 

Original Score – Christoher North

Sound Design and Engineering by Neil Benezra

Casting Director – Chastity Thomas

Music by


Chance The Rapper – Summer Friends

Childish Gambino – Redbone


Cole “Love Yourz” “Intro” “Note to Self”

Arrested development “People Everyday”

Kendrick Lamar “Money Trees”



Graduate Film NYU TISCH School of The Arts

Barbara Defina

Rachel Watannabe

Andrew Maclean

Bob Nickson

Jen Ruff

Rei Green

Martine La Croix

Caroline Ducrocq

Dan Ouellette

Ian Harnarine

Filipe Martinez Vara Rey

Tony Jannelli

Barbara Schock


Stephen Monty

Halina Howlett

Will Mahr


2018 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL   Nominated for Best indie Episodic

2018 LA Film Festival    Nominated for Best Web Series

44th Seattle International Film Festival    Nominated for Best Web series

Bronzelens Film Festival  * WON Best Webisode*

Urbanworld Film Festival    *Won Honorable Mention*

American Black Film Festival    Nominated for Best Web series 

Northfork TV Festival *Grand Prize Winner*

Big Apple Film Festival 

Martha Vineyard African American Film Festival

Queen Palm International Film Festival *Won Best Director and Web/TV pilot*

Afrikana Independent Film Festival

London Short Series Festival    Nominated for Best Actor, Alexander Etseyatse, Otis   Nominated for Best Actor Student Project Otis


Best Webisode at Bronze lens Film Festival

Honorable Mention at Urbanworld

Spike Lee Production Grant

Caucus Foundation Grant 

Best Director and Best Web/TV pilot at Queen Palm Int’ Film Festival

Nominated for Best Actor, Alexander Etseyatse, Otis
Nominated for Best Student Project, Otis
At London Short Series Festival


Nominated for Best Actor, Alexander Etseyatse, Otis
At Bronzelens Film Festival