A bustling Nigerian city and by-the-books calm composure flesh out the world of AT&T’s Untold Stories grant recipient Faraday Okoro‘s debut feature Nigerian Prince.
NYU grad Okoro made a name for himself running laps around the festival circuit with his noteworthy shorts “Blitz” and “Full-Windsor”, garnering acclaim and attention in Palm Springs, L.A. and Austin, among others. His shorts are so well-regarded, even, that a once hosting Tribecca awarded him a shoe-in spot to premiere his first feature—not to mention the million dollar grant they awarded him to make it. In 2016, we at MovieMaker spotlighted him as one of our annual 25 Screenwriters to Watch.
AT&T’s Untold Stories program is an initiative in partnership with the Tribecca Film Festival in order to create a space for underrepresented filmmakers. The contest consists of a script submission process, followed by a pitch if you are among five selected screenwriters. Nigerian Prince‘s premise: a coming-of-age heist thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria, in which Nigerian email scammers (also known as “princes”) Pius and Eze scam foreigners in order to acquire the funds to buy a plane ticket to America. Hot off a win from the inaugural competition, Okoro wasted no time establishing himself on set.
In the clip below, cast and crew praise Okoro’s craftsmanship and composure behind the scenes.
Nigerian Prince will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2018, which runs from April 18-29, 2018.