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

Hollywood Africans was founded by Nefertite Nguvu, a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for outstanding screenplay.

Nefertite has written, produced and directed two short films: a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled “I Want You,” and “The End of Winter,” an emotional meditation on loss, both of which screened at numerous film festivals. Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite also directed a ten-part web series featuring Queen Latifah for CoverGirl and Flavor Unit Entertainment entitled ‘U.N.I.T.Y. Re-ignighted’, ‘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, France, 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” will be released in theaters and VOD Spring 2017.

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The Collaborators

Arthur Jafa, Cinematographer

Arthur Jafa studied filmmaking at Howard University and is highly acclaimed for his cinematography on films such as Julie Dash’s ground-breaking ‘Daughters of the Dust’ (1992, re-released 2016), Spike Lee’s ‘Crooklyn’ (1994), Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson’s ‘Audre Lorde: A Litany for Survival (1995), John Akomfrah’s ‘Seven Songs for Malcolm X’ (1993), Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ (2014) and Nefertite Nguvu’s ‘In The Morning’ (2014). He has remained singularly committed to the proposition that a Black cinema “as rich in power, beauty and alienation as black music” is not only possible but the ultimate goal and inevitable outcome of any sustained “free black association” with cinema. The Hammer Museum recently presented Jafa’s creative work as part of its ‘Made In LA 2016’ program.

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Hans Charles, Cinematographer

Hans Charles studied cinema at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and worked for Tracey Edmonds (Soulfood, Set it Off), Bridget Davis (Sister Act II, Hav Plenty) and Patrick Ian Polk (Punks, Noah’s Ark) at Edmonds Entertainment. Later, he pursued his MFA in film at Howard University’s school of communication. While a graduate student, he produced his first feature, Like Water, then developed an eye for cinematography. He has shot for a range of directors, including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay (13th, Venus Vs.) and Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom, Sparkle) and has worked on several films, including Entre Nos, Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, In The Morning, and Mother of George. They’ve screened at festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Urban World Film Festival, the New York City Latino Film Festival, OutFest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Zanzibar Film Festival, the Black Star film festival, HBO and ESPN. Charles has been a professor of cinematography at Howard University and is currently working on BET network’s new television series, The Start Up.

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