In their pitch video, the filmmaking duo spoke of their desire to combine a universal coming-of-age story in a contemporary atmosphere (the viewer can follow character interaction through various social media platforms) and from a unique cultural perspective. Before winning the contest, Edson and Joshua proved themselves as accomplished filmmakers as the directors and stars of the short film “The Adventures of Edson Jean,” which has aired on HBO/HBOGO.
“This entire #GetTheGreenlight process has been a roller coaster of emotions, or as our fellow Haitians would say…MEZAMI! We are forever grateful that an organization like Project Greenlight is determined to get stories like ours out there,” said the winning filmmakers. “After receiving an unprecedented amount of support from our community, we are honored to share a story set in Miami that isn’t coated in glitz or glamour.”
“Project Greenlight Digital Studios was created in part to help find exceptional filmmaking talent by digging deep into communities we couldn’t access before,” says Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video at Adaptive Studios. “#Josh is a perfect example of this, and we are thrilled to be able to share the high quality content that Joshua and Edson created and to expose it to a wider audience.”
Watch the directors’ winning pitch video by clicking here.