MovieMaker Presents: Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch, 2016

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Faraday Okoro

Who: Nigerian-American filmmaker pursuing an MFA at NYU; known for the shorts “Full-Windsor” (2014) and “Blitz” (2015)

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What are you working on right now?

Currently, I’m developing feature film called Nigerian Prince, which is a coming-of-age heist thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria. The film reveals the hidden world of Nigerian email scammers, otherwise known as Nigerian Prince scammers.

What’s the hardest scene or project you’ve ever had to write?

Nigerian Prince was extremely difficult to write, because it took place in a world I wasn’t familiar with. So in order to familiarize myself with it, I traveled to Lagos on several occasions and spent nearly a month living there.

What was a major turning point in your career?

Moving from my hometown in Maryland to New York City was a major turning point for me.

What’s your favorite movie?

I have four: The Thin Red Line, Schindler’s List, Remains of the Day and Michael Clayton.

Directory:

1. Annie Silverstein 2. Jared Frieder 3. Mike Covino and Sam Kretchmar 4.Troy Anthony Miller 5. Kieran Fitzgerald 6. Ya’ke Smith 7. Brian Klugman 8. Nina Ljeti 9. Kevin Hamedani 10. Eric Haywood 11. Andrew Lanham 12. Julie Howe 13. Tess Morris 14. Matt Cook 15. Monica Zanetti 16. VJ Boyd 17. Edward Ricourt 18. David Broyles 19. Sasha Gordon 20. Eric Hueber 21. Faraday Okoro 22. Arturo Ruiz Serrano 23. Maya Perez 24. Max Taxe 25. Negin Farsad

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