Infini Asks… Exclusive Interview with Writer & Director Cheta Chukwu
WRITER/ DIRECTOR - Cheta Chukwu Cheta Chukwu is a multiple award winning Director and Screenwriter who has worked on projects with both Nigerian and International filmmakers, including Hollywood actors, Jimmy Jean-Louis (Phat Girlz, Heroes), Steven Skylar (Power Rangers) etc. In 2015, Chukwu’s short film, Deranged, won Best Actress in the Short Film Category at the 2015 Eko International Film Festival, Lagos, and emerged as a Finalist at the 2016 IndieBoostInternational Festival, Los Angeles and was an official selection in several film festivals outside Nigeria including Roselle Park Loves International Film Festival, Florida and IndieWise Virtue Film Festival, New Jersey. His film, Grey, also screened at the 2016 RapidLion International Film Festival, South Africa. In 2018, Chukwu Was contracted by a American indie studio to screenplay the thriller "Not for Sale" staring Emmy Award Winning Actress Judi Evans, (NBC's Days of Our Lives, CBS's Guiding Light, NBC's Another World etc) Hollywood actor Sean Faris (Vampires Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Never Back Down, Supernatural: Bloodline etc) and beautiful actress Denise Mifort (Roots, Dead on Arrival, Repentance) etc. His feature film, Payday, a coming of age crime comedy film that stars Nollywood veteran Zack Orji, Bisola Aiyeola and Baaj Adebule, AMVCA Winner Meg Otanwa, Comedian Ebiye Victor and Mawuli Gavor, was in in Nigerian theaters 2018 and has gained critical acclaim locally and internationally, winning several awards across the world in film festivals. Some of the awards include Best Comedy Film at the 12th Trinity International Film Festival Detroit hosted by Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures, Best Supporting Actress Nomination at the 4th Real Time International Film Festival Lagos, and won the Jury Prize Award at the 20th True Detective International Film Festival Moscow, being the first African film in the festival in its twenty years run and it won. Payday also screened in cinemas in Nine Francophone countries including Darker, Lome, Port-Gentil, Cotonou, Douala, Ouagadougou and Yaoundé. It is now available on Netflix.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR This raucous tale comes from the creative mind of first-time author, Courtney B. Dunlap. She smiles now, but as a kid, Courtney was a scaredy-cat and would never dream of exploring in the dark. She’s got a hunch that amongst her younger readers, she’s not alone.
Courtney is married to Curtis, the love of her life, who willingly endures her famously corny jokes. She has the great honor of homeschooling three of her four beautiful children! When she’s not tackling lesson plans or chasing her (almost) toddler around, Courtney writes curriculum for The Gospel Project for Kids with LifeWay Christian Resources.
She is a sometime blogger over at www.able2teach.com. You can also follow her on instagram at the handle @courtney_b_dunlap.
Saying she’s ecstatic about publishing her first picture book would be an understatement! She believes The Rumble Hunters will be the first of many that spark imaginations for generations to come. She hopes that with this book, children of all ages will go beyond their fears to see the world through new eyes! Purchase your copy at www.courtneybdunlap.com
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