Cocoa Dusted Media - a new production company!

✨Cocoa Dusted Media✨ is a new multi-media production company, founded in 2020 by Sharrod Williams. CDM is dedicated to amplifying the voices of queer folx and people of color. "Cocoa Dusting" represents that unique, one-of-a-kind magic that people of color pour into everything they do in life. The company has 3 major projects in development for the next year and is currently raising funds to support each venture.  Learn more below!

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NEIGHBORS | Watch SEASON 1 Now! 
Season 1 Official Trailer 
CREATOR/ WRITER:
Sharrod Williams 
GENRE:
Comedy/ Drama
7 Episodes, Web Series
Website:
www.Neighbors-Series.com 
Instagram:
@Neighbors_Series

NEIGHBORS  is CDM's first  award-winning web series. The show premiered on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 exclusively on our website. Season 1 is now available to stream on YouTube  along with the after show series, "KeeKee Giggle".  NEIGHBORS celebrates gay love, friendship, people of color, and the queer experience.  


FILM FESTIVALS & AWARDS

NEIGHBORS recently won it's first film award from The IndieFEST Film Awards  in the category of LGBT and Web Series! The show has also been selected and screened at over other 10 FIim Festivals throughout 2021, including... 

·    New Filmmakers NY - January 2021
·    Los Angeles Black Film Festival – January 2021
·    Seattle International Film Festival – March 2021
·    Harlem International Film Festival – April 2021
·    Big Apple Film Festival – May 2021
·    Dances With Films Festival – August 2021
·    New York Latino Film Festival – September 2021
 
What is NEIGHBORS about?
Recently unemployed actors and best friends Sharrod and Joey navigate Pandemic life, new interracial relationships, and a secret that threatens their friendship for good.
 
SYNOPSIS
Adventure and drama can still be had in a Pandemic. With Broadway shut down and a virus on the loose, neighbors and besties Sharrod and Joey rely on each other to stay afloat in the “new normal”. Ironically, they both end up in Interracial dating situations with an old flame and a newly discovered neighbor. After things quickly go south for Sharrod and old fling, Asher, Sharrod finds himself in a secret love triangle with Joey and his new beau, Cameron. Sharrod has struggles to survive the surprise party Joey threw him where they all are in attendance. Will they survive the Pandemic in their friendship and the world?

PROJECT GOALS
To develop, produce, and release Season 2 in 2022! 

TONE & STYLE
NEIGHBORS is a culturally rich, slice of life. The tone and style are rooted in the characters harmonious blend of African-American and Latinx heritage. The shows scenarios, commentary, and characters are loosely based on real events and people in the writer’s life. NEIGHBORS celebrates being bold, honest, and keeping it real. Though friendship is much of what bonds them, covering topics as career, love, and race provides an exciting balance. The audience will fall in love with the cultural realism and the unique friendships.

MUSIC
Music selections are solely from Independent, up-and-coming artists of color - many of which are friends and colleagues of the writer.  NEIGHBORS believes in supporting and sharing the sounds of talented BIPOC artists. NEIGHBORS Season 1 Playlist (only on Spotify!)

BUDGET
Projected Film Dates: October/November 2021
Film Locations: Hamilton Heights,  Inwood, and Brooklyn, NY 

TOTAL COST: $60,000

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THE CAST


Sharrod Williams ( as Sharrod, Creator + Writer, Lead)
is an actor, writer, teacher, and choreographer based on New York City. He graduated from Montclair State University with a dual major in Dance and Communication Studies. Sharrod has appeared on Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, CATS, and Hamilton: An American Musical (Chicago cast). He has also performed Off Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, and various Dance Companies. Sharrod made his film debut in Happy, Yummy, Chicken as Damian Maloof. Sharrod believes, “life’s too short to live the same day twice.” Sharrod Williams Website  ; @SharrodSharrod7

Christopher Rice (as Asher) is an artist who works to create positive change in the world through the arts. Currently: Hamilton (Philip Tour). Broadway: Pretty Woman, The Book of Mormon. Tours: West Side Story (Baby John), White Christmas. His virl #Tappy YuTube videos have received over 12 million views and been ft. on ABC Worlds News, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and more. Christopher passionately raises awareness for The Trevor Project. (Learn more at The Trevor Project . Instagram/Tik Tok/ twitter: @ChrisRiceNy.

Gizel Jimenez (as Lauren) Currently: filming Tick Tick Boom movie Directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, produced by Netflix. Recently made her 5th Avenue debut starring in the new musical Bliss as Princess Piper. Broadway: Wicked (Nessarose). Off Broadway:  Avenue Q (first ethnic actor to portray Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut), Miss You Like Hell (Nominated for Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards), Big River (Encores!), Party People (The Public). 1ST Nat’l Broadway Tour: West Side Story (Rosalia) TV: Law & Order SVU, HBO's  Divorced. Gizel Jimenez Website  @giz_zy. 

Matthew Petrucelli (as Cameron) is a recent graduate with his MFA in acting from Rutgers University’s Mason gross School of the Arts. He has performed on various stages in the New York area and internationally. Matthew has a deep passion and love of Arts Education. He holds a teaching license in Theater in New Jersey and helped build the Drama curriculum at BRICK Peshine Academy in Newark, NJ. @mmmmaatt.

Brandon Nase (as Brandon) New York City based artist is a performer, producer, and director. He recently appeared in CATS (First Nat’l Tour; Old Deuteronomy.  Regional Credits: The Black Clown (A.R.T.), Bucks County Playhouse, Tulane Summer Lyric, Asolo Repertory Theatre, 3D Theatricals, and Dallas Theatre center. Brandon created and produced, The Gospel According to Broadway, and is the Founder/Executive Director of the non- profit Broadway for Racial Justice. Brandon Michael Nase Website  @BrandonMichaelNase 

Shaunice Alexander (as Saleesha)


CREATIVES & PRODUCTION

Giuseppe Bausilio (Director of Photography)
was born and raised in Bern, Switzerland, and moved to the USA at the age of 11. He has appeared in six Broadway shows, most recently Hamilton: An American Musical (Charles Lee). Giuseppe starred as “Alfie” on the HULU show: The Next Step. He has Directed and Filmed for artists as Tommar Wilson, Daniel Breaker (Tony Award Winner), and Joanna Jones. Giuseppe is excited all that is to come! @GiuseppeBausilioProductions

Daniel Gaymon (Director, Screenwriter)
is an actor and screenwriter based in New York City. Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Daniel has performed on Broadway: “Cats” (Revival) and Disney’s “The Lion King”, and the Nat’l Tour of “Hamilton”. Newly stepping into directing, Daniel hopes to bring his storytelling experience as a screenwriter to the screen. @danielgaymon/@dnlgymn

Alyssa LeClair (Director, Screenwriter)is a Canadian artist who dabbles in many mediums. She first got her start at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, when director Sarah Bruckshwaiger casted her as Audrey II - the man-eating plant - in Little Shop of Horrors. Knowing she wanted more, Alyssa was accepted to NYU and moved to NYC in 2013 after graduating with the Edythe Zacks-Millman Award for extraordinary achievement in theatrical performance. After graduation, Alyssa performed at a few regional theatres but was cast in Fat Camp, playing Candace (directed by Emmy nominee Jen Arnold and starring Vivica A. Fox, Mel Rodrigues and SNL’s Chris Redd) which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was later picked up by BET. Alyssa just produced, wrote and starred in a one-woman show called, “Conversations with my Dad”, a mixture of music hand-picked by her own Dad and monologues that explored joy, love and humour in their relationship - it’s only performance sold out in 48 hours. Alyssa LeClair Website @LeClairforceone

Kerri DeLisi (Graphic Designer) is a creative based out of Long Island, New York. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Adelphi University. She is currently the graphic designer for Marathon Digital, a social media marketing agency that focuses on the Broadway sector of the entertainment industry. Previous clientele includes Hamilton, Hadestown, Ain’t Too Proud, Freestyle Love Supreme, and more. @KerriDelisiCreative


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