John G. Young (writer & director) The Village Voice called Young's first feature film, PARALLEL SONS "...one of the best independent films of the decade." After its premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, it won Best Feature awards at the Florida Film Festival, OutFest and Frameline. It screened at over 40 national and international film festivals before it was released theatrically. Young's second feature THE RECEPTION opened in 2005 to rave reviews after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. The L.A. Times called it "polished, worldly and witty," while Variety called the film "effortlessly cosmopolitan." The New York Times said it was "quietly ambitious and memorable." The film won a Best Actor Award at OutFest and was released theatrically. RIVERS WASH OVER ME, Young's third feature film, premiered in 2009 as Newfest's Centerpiece. The film went on to play over 30 festivals garnering a Jury Award for Best Feature from The Chicago International LGBT Film Festival, and a Best Actor Award from OutFest. It made several top 10 lists for 2009.
Dane Joseph & Daniel Armando (producers) BWOY is produced in part by Novo Novus Productions, an award winning multi-media production headed by Joseph & Armando. Focused on producing content that highlights the LGBTQ community of color, their recent work includes three seasons of the pioneering hit comedy web series DRAMA QUEENZ (soon to make its network premiere on OutTV), the acclaimed feature WHAT IT WAS (Frameline, OutFest, Urbanworld film festivals), the award-winning BOYS LIKE YOU (Best Short, North Carolina LGBTQ Film Festival, currently distributed through Guest House Films), and the soon to be released feature films SUBWAYS, DADDY’S BOYS, and THE BREEDING. Other notable work includes the critically acclaimed docu web series FADE IN (about homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City), and the award-winning play REFLECTIONS IN A DITCH.
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Anthony Rapp (Brad O’Connor) Rapp is probably best known for playing “Mark Cohen” in the off Broadway and original Broadway cast of Jonathan Larson’s musical RENT. He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released in 2005. Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in the musical THE LITTLE PRINCE AND THE AVIATOR, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novel THE LITTLE PRINCE. He also appeared in the 1987 movie ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, which was directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus would later direct Rapp in the film version of RENT. He has appeared in several movies and Broadway shows, most notably as intellectuals. His notable work includes such films as DAZED AND CONFUSED, A BEUTIFUL MIND, SCHOOL TIES, ROAD TRIP, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, and AN AMERICAN FAMILY.
De’Adre Aziza (Marcia) Aziza’s Broadway debut, PASSING STRANGE earned her a 2008 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theater World Award, Obie Award, and Audelco award nomination. Since that time, De’Adre has also appeared in the Broadway musicals Women On THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, and A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Since then, De’Adre has appeared in 2 Spike Lee films, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA, and RED HOOK SUMMER. De’Adre was bor n in Atlanta, GA and raised in Teaneck, NJ.
Jimmy Brooks (Yenny) Brooks was born in Monrovia, Liberia, the younger of two siblings. After receiving a BFA in Drama and a BA in Mathematics, from Washington University in St. Louis, Brooks moved to NYC where he's worked on BLUE BLOODS, a slew of short and feature films and shows in the NYC theatre scene. Jimmy received accolades for his portrayal of Thomas the troubled half of a fraternal pair in the recent short CURVEBALL, which screened to rave reviews at multiple film festivals across the country. Jimmy received a Best Support actor award at the AC Cinefest for his role in the film.
a novo novus production
written and directed
John G. Young
John G. Young
production & costume designer
director of photography
associate editor &
post production supervisor
Anthony Rapp Brad
De’Adre Aziza Marcia
Jimmy Brooks Yenny
Jermaine Rowe Demetrius
Drew Allen Brad’s Boss
Ashton Randle Benjamin
Samiyah Thompson Child
Call Center Voice Jonathan Moore
Location Sound Mixer Emily Schepker
Production Assistant Arilyn Martinez
Sound Editor, Sound Design,
Re-Recording Mixer Zach McNees
Colorist Andrew Carranza