Disney/ABC Selects 3 Hi Alums

Disney’s selection committee has chosen three Harlem International Film Festival alums as finalists for the ABC & DGA Directing Program (2012-2014)

Ka’ramuu Kush, Moon Molson and Nzingha Stewart have demonstrated years of solid directing work, but you don’t have to tell us that!  Molson premiered his film Pop Foul with us in 2006 taking a best short award and Crazy Beats Strong at Hi 2011.  Both films were also shown at Sundance Film Festival.  Stewart ‘s The Marriage Counselor screened at Hi 2006.  Kush has shown several films at Hi over the years including Love Aquarium, K(no)w De:tales and last year’s New York Premiere of Salvation Road (starring Roger Guenveur Smith, Russell Hornsby.  Kush also won our Screenplay Competition last year with his stunning road movie Die Enormous.  The reading included performances by The Wire’s Jamie Hector, Curtiss I Cook (Law & Order) and spoken word artist Liza Jessie Peterson.

We look forward to more exciting work from them as well as all the finalists.  Congratulations to all of you and keep up the great work!

The complete list of Finalists are:

Fidel Arizmendi

Sonia Bhalla

Clayton Cogswell

Ryan Coogler

Monique Gabriela Curnen

Vince Duque

Amy French

Risa Bramon Garcia

Rashaad Ernesto Green

Rob Greenlea

Ron Jacobs

Aundre Johnson

Shalini Kantayya

Regina King

Ka’ramuu Kush

Jerry LaMothe

Maxine Lapiduss

Tina Mabry

Geeta Malik

Lily Mariye

David Martin-Porras

Marc Masciandaro

Kimberly McCullough

Moon Molson

Anne Renton

Victor Ridaura

Joan Schimke

Velvet Andrews Smith

Casey Stangl

Nzingha Stewart

Jude Weng