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David's Reverie

"David's Reverie", starring Brandon Fobbs ("The Wire", "Walking Dead", "HBO's Getting On"), tells the story of a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging jazz career.

2015 IndieWire Project of the Year Finalist

  • Neil Creque Williams
  • Neil Creque Williams
  • Channing Godfrey Peoples
  • Erik Douglas
  • Delmar Washington
  • Brandon Fobbs
    Key Cast
    The Wire, Walking Dead, Getting On
  • Brandon Larkins
    Key Cast
    The Wire
  • Channing Godfrey Peoples
    Key Cast
  • David Alan Graf
    Key Cast
    Mysterious Skin
  • Nathaniel Krause (Cinematographer)
  • Satomi Mack (Assistant Director)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Music, Jazz, health, epilepsy, african-american, short film
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 26, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA International Short Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    July 26, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Pan African Film Festival

    February 8, 2015
    Nominated (Best Narrative Short Film)
  • Nominated - IndieWire Project of the Year (2015)
  • New Voices In Black Cinema @ BAMcinématek
    Brooklyn, NY
    March 29, 2015
    NYC Premiere
  • North Carolina Black Film Festival
    Wilmington, NC
    March 27, 2015
    North Carolina Premiere
    Best Narrative Short (3rd Place)
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
    Winston-Salem, NC
    April 19, 2015
    Winston-Salem Premiere
  • Little Rock 'n' Roller Film Festival: A Night of Musical Shorts
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    July 15, 2015
  • Rwanda International Film Festival
    Kigali, Rwanda
    July 19, 2015
    Rwanda Premiere
  • Filmmakers Corner Film Festival
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    June 20, 2015
    Little Rock Premiere
  • San Francisco Black Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    June 13, 2015
    San Francisco Premiere
    Nominated - Best Student Film
  • Black Harvest Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    August 18, 2015
    Chicago Premiere
  • Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival
    Martha's Vineyard
    August 14, 2015
    Massachusetts Premiere
  • Footcandle Film Festival
    Hickory, NC
    September 26, 2015
  • Ocktober Film Festival
    New York, New York
    October 2, 2015
  • Long Beach Indie Film Festival
    Long Beach, California
    October 8, 2015
  • Marfa Film Festival
    Marfa, TX
    October 14, 2015
    Texas Premiere
Director Biography - Neil Creque Williams

NEIL CREQUE WILLIAMS (DIRECTOR) received his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He has directed original content for 20th Century Fox, Duke University and USC Athletics. As an undergraduate, he attended Duke University, where his short film, “Super Size Me and Copyright Law”, was a finalist in the International Duke Law/Full Frame Documentary Festival’s Moving Image Contest. Neil later directed a documentary on Durham’s Black Wall Street, “The Silver Rights Movement”, that screened at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. This film received a Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Grant, The John Hope Franklin Award and the Edward H. Benenson Art Award. At USC, he edited a documentary, “Polar Opposites” (on pole dancing and feminism), that was screened on the Documentary Channel. He also produced a short narrative film, “Red”, that has received various awards, including a Jury Award at the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards.

Neil most recently wrote and directed his short film, “David’s Reverie”, about a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging career. The film features Brandon Fobbs (“The Wire”, “Pride”, “The Walking Dead”) and is a narrative film with heavy use of jazz and jazz-inspired dance numbers. “David’s Reverie” is currently on the film festival circuit and has been the recipient of several awards and nominations. It is a Panavision New Filmmakers Grant recipient, Best Narrative Short Nominee at the Pan African Film Festival, Best Narrative Short (3rd Place) at the North Carolina Black Film Festival, Indiewire “Project of the Month” (June 2014) and Nominee for IndieWire “Project of the Year” in 2014. Neil is a former President of the African-American Cinema Society at USC and currently serves on the board of Working Films, a non-profit organization that links non-fiction film with cutting-edge activism. He is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Director Statement

David’s Reverie is an emotional story about an artist accepting his seizure disorder and in the process finding his authenticity as an artist.

This is an extremely personal story for me. I suffered from epilepsy as a child and the emotional journey David experiences with his seizures are pulled from my own struggle with this condition.

In the film, David is a technically skilled trumpet player who lacks the ability to emote through his music. A series of unexpected seizures force David to readjust his views of his illness and himself.

I’ve always wanted to make a life-affirming story about a character learning to love himself through an illness and that is the goal of making this film.