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Pain was their foundation, forgiveness was their redemption.

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Through the beats of African rhythms, three foster siblings from East New York struggle to heal from the invisible wounds of PTSD, leukemia and addiction while longing for security, family and love.

“RnB” will be shot, written, directed, co-produced by and star black women.

 

Characters

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Jackie

Kellye Janel

Jackie’s the Tin (Wo)Man: a student and dancer, who thinks she needs a heart to deal with her feelings of abandonment instead of numbing them with alcohol.

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Duke

Tristan “Mack” Wilds

Duke’s the runt-turned-soldier; the Scarecrow, he sensually fortifies his brain to withstand PTSD from his tours in the Middle East.

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Dante

Curtiss Cook, Jr.

The Lion, aka “Don”, is a hustler with a green thumb, feeling he needs courage to fulfill his promise and stop dealing drugs by his twenty-first birthday.

 

Team

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Cybel Martin | Director of Photography

Cybel is an award-winning DP for feature films, commercials and television. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto and Berlin Film festivals. She is the first black woman to complete NYU Graduate Film school as a cinematographer and is currently 2nd Unit Cinematographer for ABC’s “The Rookie”. Previous television work has included Shondaland’s “For the People” and Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It”. She’s been featured in Fader, and American Cinematographer magazines and is a proud member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

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SEITH MANN | Executive Producer

Seith Mann is an award-winning screenwriter and director. An alumnus of the prestigious ABC/DGA Television Directing Fellowship Program, he’s the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the hit VH1 original drama series, “The Breaks. He has directed over thirty episodes of television including, “The Wire”, “The Walking Dead”, “Hell on Wheels”, and “Homeland”. A graduate of Morehouse College and New York University, Mann has been nominated for a DGA Award, and won a NAACP Image Award for Directing.

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ANIA TRZEBIATOWSKA | Consulting Producer

Ania is a programmer, film producer and sales & acquisitions executive covering North America, Australia and New Zealand for Vienna-based Autlook Filmsales. She spearheads their new titles in North America, acting as both sales agent and producer’s rep as Autlook seeks to act as a conduit for international co-productions. Prior to Autlook, Ania served as senior director of acquisitions for Visit Films and produced Dan Sallitt’s “The Unspeakable Act” following a 10-year stint as artistic director at Poland’s Off Camera International Film Festival.

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JEFFREY PAGE | Choreographer

Multitalented Emmy-Nominated choreographer, Jeffrey Lamont Page, is the first African American to be named the Marcus Institute Fellow for Opera Directing at The Julliard School. Career Highlights include: having his choreography for the Fox hit series, “So You Think You Can Dance” praised by judges Debbie Allen, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, working for over 12 years with Beyoncé’s creative team, which garnered him an MTV Video Music award, being casted in the groundbreaking Broadway musical, Fela!, and establishing the Indianapolis-based nonprofit, Movin’ Legacy.

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MARC PAREES | Associate Producer

Marc Parees is an award-winning producer, writer/director (and dancer in his own right) with over twenty years of experience in film, television and theater.  Most recently, his digital documentary series on gay hook-up and dating apps launched on Topic.com. His work for television includes the pilot and Golden Globe-nominated first season of Smash for NBC Universal/Dreamworks Television, two broadcast network pilots and the pilot of HBO’s The Leftovers. Produced shorts have screened worldwide and been broadcast on HBO and PBS.

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CHRISTINE KROMER | Casting Director

Emmy-Award Winning Casting Director, Christine is known for True Detective, The Breaks, In Treatment, Power, Red Tails and Treme. Christine casted the WeTV series, “South of Hell” and several major feature films, Stereotypically You, directed by Benjamin Cox, featuring Abby Elliott, Runner starring Nicholas Cage directed by Austin Stark (Detachment) and Fan Girl, all filmed in NYC. Christine worked as a Pilot Season Casting Director at NBC. Other projects include: “Banshee”, seasons 1 and 2 for Cinemax, and the HBO Pilot “Quarry” directed by John Hillcoat. 

 

Proof of concept

Watch Oscar-qualifying film festival selection, “Jackie.”, for a preview of our heroine’s life at school shot by RnB’s cinematographer, Cybel Martin, on Super 16mm.

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