David's Reverie

David's Reverie (Brandon Fobbs "The Wire", "Walking Dead") tells the story about a jazz trumpet player who struggles to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging career.  A USC Thesis Film directed by Neil Creque Williams

Neil Creque Williams

Neil Creque Williams

NEIL CREQUE WILLIAMS (WRITER/DIRECTOR) has created original content for 20th Century Fox, USC Athletics and Duke University. In 2005, a short film he directed, “Super Size Me and Copyright Law”, was a finalist in the International Duke Law/ Full Frame Documentary Festival’s Moving Image Contest. In 2007, a documentary he produced and directed on Durham’s Black Wall Street, “The Silver Rights Movement”, screened at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. This documentary received a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant, The John Hope Franklin Award and the Edward H. Benenson Art Award. That year, Neil was appointed to the board of Working Films, a non- profit organization that links non-fiction film with cutting-edge activism. He is currently serving his 3rd three-year term.

In 2012, a documentary he edited, “Polar Opposites”, on pole dancing and feminism, was screened on the Documentary Channel.  A short narrative film that he produced, “Red” is currently on the festival circuit and has received various awards, including winning for Best Director at the 2014 Nevada International Film Festival.

Neil’s most recent directing project, “David’s Reverie”, is about a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging career. The film features Brandon Fobbs (“The Wire”, “Getting On”, “The Walking Dead”) and is a narrative film with heavy use of jazz and a jazz-inspired dance number. David’s Reverie world premiered at the Academy-qualifying Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Narrative Short at the 2015 Pan African Film Festival. The film was a 2015 IndieWire Project of the Year Finalist and is a Panavision New Filmmakers Grant recipient. It is currently on the film festival circuit, having screened Internationally at the Rwanda Film Festival and over 20 other.

Neil is currently producing the feature film "Miss Juneteenth" (Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, Nicholl Fellowship Semi-Finalist) and is developing additional film and TV projects that he is writing and directing.

Neil was graduated from Duke University in 2006 and The University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts in 2013.

 

SELECTED PRESS

WINSTON-SALEM CHRONICLE: Winston-Salem native shows short film at RiverRun 2015

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Local filmmaker's movie explores living with epilepsy

USC NEWS: David’s Reverie mixes music with medical outreach

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