Director Statement

This film started randomly as a idea for my film and video class in December 2018. I got very sick during the Thanksgiving holiday and was unable to complete my previously planned project. My professor told me I can change my project because it was such a big idea and wouldn't be able to complete it before the end of term. Five minutes prior to my first day back from being ill, the seeds of this film germinated in my mind. Fortunately fate would intervene. 

I wrote the first draft and went searching for actors but none were available since finals were approaching, and the Christmas break was around the corner. So two days before my due date I had to come up with another project idea. Which was called How To Make A film When You Can't Make a Film. 

During my casting search I found a wonderful actress who could express herself with amazing range. Unfortunately she was on holiday. I liked her so much I shelved the project until she returned. 

On Jan 1 2019 I made a vision board with the planned to enter the ABFF and the HBO Short Story Contest. Jan 2 I went to a coffee shop by my home. There I auspiciously met Alfonso Johnson, the winner of the HBO Short Story contest in 2018. The universe whispered "2019 is your year, go and be special". 

I gathered a cast and crew of professionals actors who worked on this project for free, in the biting winter because they believed in me, my script and my vision. As a first time filmmaker that gave me strong foundations to stand on and make this film that's so important to me and my community.

CAST & CREW

Oniffe White

Oniffe White

Writer / Director

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Oniffe is a writer, director and producer originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica who currently resides in Harlem, NY. He’s a Veteran of the United States Navy and is presently an undergraduate at Fordham University. He’s a communications major specializing in film and television. 

Noble Whitted

Lead Actor

Noble was born into a very unstable but loving home to a free spirited mama and he is the son of a hip hop papa. When he was 1 years old his mother started volunteering at a South Bronx based youth music program call the Renaissance, Education Music & Sports and Noble was always in tow. This is where Noble learned to speak his first language, music. He was excellent at playing the drums by 2 years old and inspired a toddler music program at the Renaissance Youth Center that still operates even today. 

By the time Noble was three and started daycare tragedy seemed to strike again, and he was severely burned at his South Bronx based daycare center. The events that unfolded as a result of this incident, required that they find shelter yet again this time with old friends based in Rockland County, NY. 

Noble has been rooted in South Nyack since 2012. For 6 years he played African drum with the St. Paul's Episcopal Church drumming group, "Drumming in Harmony" taught by Arthur Lorde. He started private guitar at seven years old. His first year playing he rocked the house and his third grade talent show at Upper Nyack Elementary. The same year he won first place for his guitar performance at a Bronx based talent show. At 8 he returned to his roots by taking drum lessons at Renaissance Youth Center. Noble had his start in the public eye when he was selected for a Disney Junior Black History Month commercial at the age of 6 years old. Noble is a sailor, courtesy of the teachings of the Nyack Boat Club. He swims like a fish. Has interesting stories about his world travels and balances school and work. His goal is to be a superhero, and he spends everyday working towards that goal

David Siciliano

DP / Editor

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David Siciliano is a cinematographer and editor based in NYC. He has worked on numerous national commercials and social video campaigns with brands like NBC, Budweiser, and others. Some career highlights include a national commercial that aired during the 2017 World Series and the web series "Interested In" (now streaming on Amazon/Dekkoo). David graduated from Syracuse University cum laude and is a co-founder of the NYC based non-profit film and theatre company RADD Productions. He loves backpacking, camping, and is a huge video game nerd. David lives in Astoria with his wife Jessica and their dog Kira.

Marjorie Cabrera

Actor

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Marjorie Cabrera Urbina is a Venezuelan actress that recently moved to NYC in 2018. Since very young she has been involved in performing arts. She studied dancing and theatre with local teachers in her hometown, Valencia while she was growing up. Upon her High School graduation, her parents gave her the opportunity to study English for over a year in New York in 2010. From that moment she felt in love with the artistic energy of the city. Afterwards, she came back to Venezuela to obtain her major in journalism from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas. During this time she continued building her acting skills throughout workshops and seminars while performing in local theatres and short films. Over the summer of 2015, she enrolled in two different acting schools in NYC. For a period of 2 intense months she took classes at Susan Batson and Ted Bardy Studio. During this second visit, she had decided this city was her place to be. Marjorie aims to use art as a reconciliation bridge in society. She believes in the power of communication and how a message can have a positive impact on the audience. Her ultimate goal is to do echo of her reality as a Venezuelan actress.

Kossim Osseni

Actor

Sonja Ivelisse-Cirilo

Lead Actor

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Sonja is an actor and director from St. Croix USVI. She obtained her BFA in theater performance from Randolph College in 2015. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her acting training with the Atlantic Acting Theater Company's Full- Time Conservatory. Sonja is honored to become a part of the production team for Nun Habit as a director and looks forward to creating beautiful work. www.sonjacirilo.com

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Langston Darby

Actor

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Named after Harlem Renaissance icon Langston Hughes, Langston Darby credits his family's advocacy of reading as his earliest artistic influence. Langston is an alumnus of the Mississippi School of the Arts, the University of Southern Mississippi's theatre program, and Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprenticeship. As an actor, singer, and improviser, Langston has worked with great companies in Philadelphia and recently completed New York's Atlantic Acting School Full-Time Conservatory program; he looks forward to expanding his work to New York City and beyond. www.langstondarby.com

Grace Adriana

Actor

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Grace Adriana is an Italian born actress, writer, and comedienne based in New York City. She's an alumna of the Atlantic Acting Conservatory. Her credits include Uncle Vanya (Atlantic Stage 2), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Atlantic Stage 2), Nun Habits (web series).

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Director Statement

This film started randomly as a idea for my film and video class in December 2018. I got very sick during the Thanksgiving holiday and was unable to complete my previously planned project. My professor told me I can change my project because it was such a big idea and wouldn't be able to complete it before the end of term. Five minutes prior to my first day back from being ill, the seeds of this film germinated in my mind. Fortunately fate would intervene. 

I wrote the first draft and went searching for actors but none were available since finals were approaching, and the Christmas break was around the corner. So two days before my due date I had to come up with another project idea. Which was called How To Make A film When You Can't Make a Film. 

During my casting search I found a wonderful actress who could express herself with amazing range. Unfortunately she was on holiday. I liked her so much I shelved the project until she returned. 

On Jan 1 2019 I made a vision board with the planned to enter the ABFF and the HBO Short Story Contest. Jan 2 I went to a coffee shop by my home. There I auspiciously met Alfonso Johnson, the winner of the HBO Short Story contest in 2018. The universe whispered "2019 is your year, go and be special". 

I gathered a cast and crew of professionals actors who worked on this project for free, in the biting winter because they believed in me, my script and my vision. As a first time filmmaker that gave me strong foundations to stand on and make this film that's so important to me and my community.