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Shawn Houston, an adventurous young boy is forced to move to LA and stay at his grandparent’s house for the summer. He tries to convince his mom to let him leave, but she must travel for work. Left in a new city, with no friends and no Wifi, he begins to explore the house and discovers his grandfather's magical book which sucks him in on an adventure traveling the world, through space and time.

  • Nicole L. Thompson
  • Nicole L. Thompson
  • Nicole L. Thompson
  • Siree Morris
    Key Cast
    "Shawn Houston"
  • Malcolm Minor
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Houston"
  • Stephanie Anuwe
    Key Cast
    "Grandma Houston"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Magical Realism, Adventure, Animation
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Nicole L. Thompson

Nicole L. Thompson is a filmmaker born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. From a young age she developed a passion for television and filmmaking. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Jersey where she majored in Communications Studies with a concentration in Radio/TV/Film. She also studied filmmaking at Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Nicole began her career at SAG-AFTRA as the Digital Strategy & Production Coordinator where she filmed and edited videos for the union as well as assisted with providing digital strategies for the union's video content. She recently has filmed interviews on the red carpet and behind the scenes footage for the 22nd SAG Awards. While at SAG-AFTRA Nicole has filmed interviews of Kerry Washington, Carol Burnett, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and much more. Her short film Harlem Blues has screened at film festivals all over the country, including the Black Hollywood Education Resource Center Film Showcase, Films Reflecting Ourselves Film Festival, Sistas' Doin It For Themselves Film Festival, T.D. Jake's Megafest Film Festival and many more.

Nicole has just graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film & TV Production, where she focused in directing at the School of Cinematic Arts. At USC she proudly served as the president of the African American Cinema Society for two years which was founded by John Singleton. Nicole was selected to participate in the AT&T SHAPE Create-A-Ton competition to direct the short film Summer of Justice at Warner Brother's Studio backlot. Nicole was hired by NBA All Star Kyrie Irving to serve as his personal cinematographer capturing footage for his film premiere of his movie Uncle Drew and also directing segments for Kyrie’s 2019 All Star Weekend Highlights. Most recently, Nicole was selected out of thousands of director applicants as an ABC Women's Initiative Top 10 Finalist. As a finalist, she has been developing promotional spot to pitch to ABC Executives.

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