Forever Tree Film

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Project Summary

An Indiana Jones like female driven adventure story, steeped in black history, about family, love and the pursuit of legends

Forever Tree Film

Directed by: Alrick Brown

A Simple World Film
in association with
Many Women Productions
presented by
Bentonville Film Festival

Beginning in 1920s Harlem...

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Director: Alrick Brown

Recognized as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch, Alrick Brown is an award winning writer, director and producer.  His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards and honors.  Among them is the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons, which he produced.  In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School; produced by Academy award nominee Nannette Burstein.

His first feature, Kinyarwanda, made its world premiere as recipient of the prestigious World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  Since then, Kinyarwanda has screened internationally in over 20 festivals, adding more than a half dozen honors to the writer/director’s credits. Alrick is also an educator, but found his medium after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during a two-year tour with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire.  The interactions with the people of his village, and his overall experiences in West Africa, informed his creative expression.  An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Since then Alrick’s work has been described as cinematic archeology because of his vision to unearth stories that otherwise would not be told.  His commitment to revealing the heart of and world around a story is what draws audiences, peers and clients to his work.

In 2013 Alrick became a Mid-Atlantic Artist Fellow. Beyond film, he has ventured onto the small screen directing ABC’s "Final Witness", ESPN’s short doc series “Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints -- And of the Son: The Legend of David & Jackie Robinson” and writing and producing for Investigative Discoveries Emmy-Award winning series "A Crime Two Remember".

Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education, where he taught undergraduate courses on the African American image in cinema. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he later taught various courses to both undergraduate and graduate film students and is now an Assistant Professor in Undergraduate Film and Television.

Producer/Writer: Stephen Hintz

Stephen Hintz is a screenwriter and producer hailing from the bustling metropolis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He got his start working as a freelance travel writer before moving to NYC and attending the NY Film Academy. From there he relocated to Los Angeles and worked for State Street Pictures on the Fox Lot. He has written and produced films with some of the most iconic names in entertainment.

Writer/Producer: Chrishaunda Lee Perez

Chrishaunda Lee Perez is an accomplished writer, producer, creator, and entrepreneur whose work spans from novels, essays, and memoirs, to screenplays for both television and film. Ms. Perez served as co-writer and co-producer for the highly praised historical science fiction short film, "The Forever Tree", and is in active development to produce a feature film that centers on the dynamics of addiction, race and class. Under the helm of Ms. Perez's production outfit, Many Women, the intention is to tell a spectrum of stories that include multi-dimensional roles for women.

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Writer: Marc Novak

Marc Novak believes that film is an empathy machine. Films are able to help us imagine other times and other people's lives to further understanding and bring us closer together. After getting degrees in literature from Notre Dame and Cornell, Marc was a journalist and travel writer before migrating to Hollywood. He worked as a script reader and CE, including contributing to such films as The Merchant of Venice and Angels in America. Currently working as a writer and producer, his screenplay, 1 Mile to You, starred Tim Roth and Billy Crudup. In addition to the Forever Tree, Marc has developed and produced several proof-of-concept short films about foster and homeless youth, including Venice Neverland, Road Dogs, and Shelter. Road Dogs is being produced as a feature film and Shelter is in development as a TV series.