Reeyaz Habib, Los Angeles (Dramatic Thriller, CLEMENTINE) - On the eve of the United States entering WW1, a black jazz musician finds his family murdered by a group of white American soldiers and must join the US Army in order to hunt down the killers in the trenches of Europe.
Reeyaz is attending the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and is currently in pre-production on his first feature length film.
Seed&Spark’s Gerry Maravilla had this to say about Reeyaz, his project and awarded this fellowship:
The concept, subject matter, writing, and themes of Reeyaz's work resonated strongly with the team at Seed&Spark. Reeyaz's story showcases a commitment to diversity and inclusion through a unique historical lens. After seeing Reeyaz pitch this project at USC Talent Week, the team's excitement only continued to grow when we reviewed his strong script and stellar application. We are pleased to put forward Reeyaz as the inaugural Seed&Spark/Stowe Story Labs Fellow.
Nicole Kempskie, Auburn, Massachusetts (Dramedy/Musical, HELEN ON 86th STREET) - A quirky New York City tween desperately tries to get the coveted role of “Helen of Troy” in her school musical, believing that it will bring her absent father back home.
Nicole is a Massachusetts-based writer, actor and educator who has worked extensively throughout New England, New York, and California.
NewEnglandFilm.com Director Michele Meek had this to say about Nicole:
Nicole Kempskie is a talented New England writer with abundant theatrical experience. Her project Helen on 86th Street has great potential. I'm thrilled to be able to award her the NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship for the 2017 Stowe Story Labs to help her bring her project to the next stage.