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Olu Gittens, Director, Writer, Producer

Olu Gittens has been honing her skills as a director since high school, when she graduated cum laude with distinctions that included theater, having excelled directing a one-act play for her senior project. Olu studied modern culture and media at Brown University, eventually taking a film production course at the neighboring Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), which solidified her desire to direct as a career. Committed to her field, Olu earned her MFA in film production from Boston University’s College of Communication, where she also received a GenCorp merit scholarship. During that time, Olu wrote, directed and produced Lucky, a dramatic 27-minute film she directed with professional actors. Olu’s work on Lucky stood out for its sophisticated style and heartwarming touch, and garnered Olu awards in numerous film festivals across the country, including the New England Film and Video and the National Black Programming Consortium film festivals; the film was showcased at the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Directors Guild of America. Lucky was later acquired by Los Angeles-based distributor Lead Dog Entertainment, and was selected to appear in the Global Cinema TV film series hosted by Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Hand that Rocks the Cradle) for cable’s Black Family Channel.

A versatile director, Olu has worked in theater and multi-camera television in addition to film. She directed the play Babygirl, which was funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and she recently directed the original TV and web series Choices, produced and broadcast on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), the largest public access station in the country.

As a director, Olu fosters an environment where actors can connect and take risks; she has a special skill for nurturing actors to take their work to the next level.

Olu is a member and former board member of Directors and Actors (DnA), a select group of directors inspired by the methodologies of Judith Weston who explore their craft through intensive workshops. She is a member of NYWIFT, New York Women in Film and Television. Olu was a panelist for the Brooklyn Arts Council Re-grant program, and she has received citations from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office and the City Council of New York for her contribution to the arts through film. Olu is Director of the upcoming Chance Anderson comedy stage play Trust No One, and she is currently developing her feature film Baby of the Family, which has received early interest from a major film distributor. Her series Choices premiered at the 2012 LA Web Festival, winning awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Writing and Best Series in the Drama/Dramedy/Soap Opera category.


Nicole Sylvester, Producer

Nicole Sylvester began her career as a Producer at Comcast Cablevision, producing live-action television and call-in talk shows. Her days at the cable company culminated in her documentary Lonely Eagles: Airmen of Tuskegee, being nominated for both a national Cable ACE and a Cable ICE Award.
Nicole made the transition to film by producing the short film The Stop winner of the Cinema Shorts Internet Film Festival, and showing on WTVS-PBS Detroit, her second short film minor blues, about on-the-edge musicians, won the Meet Martell at the Movies Film Festival.

Nicole recently produced the web series Queen Hussy, a raunchy mock reality show comedy based in 1974, and she is one of the 25 filmmakers credited with producing and directing the first international collaborative feature film The Owner.

Other projects that Nicole has produced include the feature films Layla’s Girl, a heartwarming film about one woman’s journey toward peace and healing after the death of her estranged mother. The film, co-starring Richard Gant (Men of A Certain Age, The Big Lebowski), premiered at the Museum of African American History in Detroit and 17000 Block, distributed by First Look Entertainment, music videos for former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett and rap artists Bizarre, Cosa Boys and Lil Mike Mike. 

Nicole is developing several projects including producing the feature film Baby of the Family.

Rahsan Lindsay, Producer

Television executive and film producer Rahsan Lindsay began his career at the international advertising firm Leo Burnett USA’s division in Chicago.  His aspirations propelled him to leave the Windy City for the Big Apple, where he worked in advertising sales as BET weekend Magazine.

In 2000, Rahsan produced and starred in the feature film Cold Feet, which played to sold-out houses at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and received a limited theatrical release and distribution of DVD, pay TV, basic cable and syndicated TV. Rahsan was executive producer for the feature film Get Famous, to be released on home media in 2012. As a producer, Rahsan has worked in the areas of marketing/product placement, fundraising, line producing, script development and casting.

Rahsan graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He understands the entertainment business from both sides of camera. He is a Screen Actors Guild member who has appeared on daytime television’s One Life to Live and All My Children, and in national commercials for Best Buy, Lowe’s and Amica Insurance. Rahsan is currently a segment host for Made in Hollywood, a nationally-syndicated television series now in its sixth season, broadcast in 90.7 million homes.


Sergei Franklin, Director of Photography

Emmy-winning cinematographer Sergei Franklin started photography at the age of fourteen. In the early 80’s he made a documentary on the New York subway which screened at several festivals and on European television. He co-produced and shot Solar Cars, a short documentary about a solar car race across Switzerland; excerpts of it were aired on ABC Good Morning America and PBS. Sergei worked for several years as a news and corporate cameraman. In 1990 Sergei discovered Steadicam. He has since operated Steadicam on hundreds of productions, mostly features, music videos and commercials. In 2005, Sergei was Director of Photography on Eve Sussman’s feature The Rape of the Sabine Women, and has since split his time between cinematography and Steadicam work. In 2008 he acquired a Red One digital cinema camera and has shot dozens of projects with it. In 2008 he lensed the TV show We Are New York for which he won an Emmy Award for Cinematography.

Some of Sergei's other work as a Director of Photography includes music videos for 50 Cent and The Roots, numerous award winning short films, two more projects with Eve Sussman and second unit work on The Reader and For Colored Girls.