Private Project


An estranged father is afforded another opportunity at fatherhood after a family tragedy.

  • Yucef Mayes
    Signs of the Times
  • Yucef Mayes
    Signs of the Times
  • Aaron Melvin
    Signs of the Times
  • Angela Williamston
  • Rodney Gilbert
    Key Cast
  • Billie Krishawn
    Key Cast
  • Kaden Amari Anderson
    Key Cast
    Sesame Street, Show Me A Hero (HBO Miniseries)
  • Minnie Black
    Key Cast
  • Janice Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Alyssia Marte
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Newark International Film Festival
    United States
    April 14, 2017
    New Jersey Premiere
  • Reginald Lewis Museum
    United States
    May 28, 2017
  • Hip Hop Film Festival NYC
    New York City
    United States
    August 3, 2017
    New York City Premiere
Director Biography - Yucef Mayes

A graduate from The New School University. Yucef studied creative writing and worked over 15 years with at-risk youth in his hometown Newark NJ. Yucef has published essays and poetry and has converted most of his short stories to short screenplays. Driver is Yucef's first of many short films and he will begin shooting his second short film, "Zahra and the Oil Man" in summer of 2017.

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Director Statement

Driver is a film about redemption and second chances. Many fathers in the African-American community are often times overlooked and their stories go unheard. Because Yucef is an advocate of the Newark community, he will soon be creating many films as Rutgers and Express Newark Resident; he will be telling stories that tell a different narrative about a community that is underrepresented in film and media.