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ABOUT 2019-11-17T15:17:58+01:00

Full Service Production Company | Let Us Tell Your Story

Hollywood Africans delivers expressive visual storytelling for:

Documentary | Narrative | Commercial | Brand Stories

Hollywood Africans is a full service production company specializing in narrative films, documentary shorts, portraits, and brand content development.

Our aim is to help clients tell their stories through compelling, memorable media. We are a team of experienced, award winning, creative professionals; dedicated to telling unique, engaging stories through dynamic content.

Our Creative services include Brand Story Development, Script Writing and Directing. Our Production/Post Production services offer Execution of the Creative including Casting, Location Scouting, Shooting, Scoring, Sound Mixing, Offline Editing and Coloring.

We thrive on collaboration and work closely with our clients through all phases of the process. Hollywood Africans creative team is laser-focused on developing evocative visual content that delivers tangible and quantifiable results for clients.

Nefertite Nguvu, Filmmaker & Founder

Nefertite recently made her television directorial debut helming an episode of BET’s original anthology series Tales. She has also written, produced and directed several narrative shorts: I Want You, The End of Winter, Myself When I Am Real, and The Last Two Lovers At The End Of The World.

Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite also directed a ten-part web series featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment entitled U.N.I.T.Y. Re-ignited; Love Star a mini music documentary; as well as an eight-part web series entitled Black America Again featuring Academy Award winning musician/actor Common for Universal Music and Freedom Road Productions.

As writer/director/producer, Nefertite made her feature film debut with In The Morning, a film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. In The Morning delves into the emotional landscape of contemporary black life in a way rarely seen in modern cinema. The film debuted at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. After a string of successful film festival screenings across the country and in Paris, Rome and Johannesburg, the film also won the award for Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival in Italy, Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta. In The Morning is now available worldwide via Video on Demand.

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Arthur Jafa, Cinematographer

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi and educated at Howard University, Jafa first rose to prominence for lensing Daughters of the Dust (1991), Julie Dash’s seminal film that earned Jafa a “Best Cinematography” award at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. Other cinematography credits include Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn,’ John Akomfrah’s ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X,’ Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ and Nefertite Nguvu’s ‘In The Morning.’ Jafa’s Dreams Are Colder Than Death, an experimental documentary exploring black identity in America, was an official selection at the 2014 New York Film Festival. He is perhaps best known for, Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2016), a seven-minute video set to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam.” This critically-acclaimed exploration of African-American identity screened across the world, in galleries including Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MoCA) and the Serpentine in London, but to name a few. In 2017, along with TNEG — –the motion picture studio he co-founded — –Jafa also conceived, shot and edited the music video for JAY-Z’s 4:44, the title track from his newest album. Jafa’s most recent exhibition, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, premiered last June at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

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Hans Charles, Cinematographer

Hans Charles is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer, professor and filmmaker with over ten years of experience in the film industry. Charles has shot for a range of directors including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Nefertite Nguvu, Salim Akil, Gloria LeMort and countless others. Charles’ films have won a BAFTA (British Academy Film Award), a Peabody Award, several Emmy Awards, and have been nominated for an Oscar and an Independent Spirit Award. His projects, including the film 13th, haves screened at festivals all over the world including The New York Film Festival, The Urbanworld Film Festival, the New York City Latino Film Festival, OutFest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Zanzibar Film Festival, the BlackStar Film Festival, and on Netflix, HBO, ESPN, and Hulu. Charles created and hosts a weekly film podcast with his creative partner Menelek Lumumba called Back of the Theater. His latest work includes the feature length film directed by Lumumba ‘1 Angry Black Man’ which premiered at the Blackstar Film Festival in 2018; ‘Mr. Soul!’ a documentary film on Ellis Haizlip and his legendary TV show SOUL!, is directed by Melissa Haizlip and Sam Pollard; and ‘Of Mics and Men,’ a Showtime documentary about legendary hip-hop group Wu- Tang Clan, directed by Sacha Jenkins ( Fresh Dressed, Word Is Bond, Rapture).

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Susan Linss, Production Designer

Growing up a descendant of Persian royalty and as the daughter of a celebrated fine artist, in a household where art, culture and tradition were at the forefront, has unsurprisingly given designer Susan Linss an elevated artistic taste. A relentless work ethic sustains this talent, and for over 20 years Linss has had her finger on the pulse of the highest levels of art, fashion and design. As a Production Designer, she redefined the aesthetic of hip hop and pop music videos throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, working closely with the likes of Hype Williams, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Wu-Tang, Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliott, and an endless list of iconic artists and directors. Beyond the music video medium, she’s also established a lengthy list of brands for clients such as the Cosmopolitan Hotel, ESPN, Target, Neiman Marcus, La Perla and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to name a few. Linss also was the Production Designer on the award -winning British documentary ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X’ and Nefertite Nguvu’s ‘In The Morning.’ Linss was a close collaborator of Kanye West from 2003-2008 and then project to project after. Linss was instrumental in shaping his style and image, expanding his knowledge and horizons creatively. Linss has created visual worlds for those who have played a major role in shifting their respective cultures.

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Neishea Lemle, Costume Designer

Neishea started her career in the fashion industry during the height of the urban street wear scene. Rising to Account Executive during her tenure in corporate fashion; Neishea built relationships with retailers and had the opportunity to merchandise and track sales trends for emerging clothing lines developed by Marc Ecko, Beyoncé, Ellen Tracy, & Adrienne Vittadini. This experience, along with her discerning eye and need to be creative led her to fully pursue her true passion working as a Wardrobe Stylist and Costume Designer. As a Stylist, Neishea has collaborated with a long list of artists and celebrities that include Luke James, Rick Ross, Tank, The Dream, Eris Baker, Amanda Seales, Marsha Ambrosius, Mike Taylor, and Prince Royce. Select television credits include ‘Black-ish’ (ABC), ‘Mancave’ (BET), ‘Signed’ (VH1), ‘Empire Pre-Show’ (FOX). As a Costume Designer, her TV and Film projects include costume design for ‘The Last Two Lovers At The End Of The World’ (Nefertite Nguvu), ‘Shades Of Brooklyn’ (Dahkil Hausif & Daoud Abied), ‘In The Morning’ (Nefertite Nguvu), ‘Family Time’ (BOUNCE TV) and ‘In The Cut’ (BOUNCE TV).

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