H-TOWN Series Season 1 "SHE GOT IT"
“H-Town” is an honest episodic drama set in Houston’s 5th ward, exploring themes friendship, survival and love among young black women. That demographic is often represented as one dimensional. We are proud to present fully realized young black female characters in their strengths and weaknesses.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion StatementDiversity in thoughts, beliefs, cultures, backgrounds and perspectives creates a richer experience. The creators/producers of H-Town are African American and Japanese, male and female, and differ socio-economically. Diversity/inclusion is the foundation of this project & will be visible on screen.
About The Project
Think “Paid In Full” meets “Thelma and Louise” in urban Houston, TX and they find love along the way. You haven’t seen “Paid In Full?” Well, think “Set It Off” meets “The Wire” meets “Pretty Woman” set in the 5thWard of Houston, TX. By now you get the idea. I’m describing a project that has everything; drama, suspense, action/violence, redemption, romance, and it’s funny. That is everything we felt and read in Houston based Amazon urban romance best-selling author, Nicole Jackson’s first book “She Got It” and continued to experience in her other works. The icing on the cake is that these books center around young black females that even with the odds stacked against them, use sheer determination, survival instincts, and by any means necessary attitudes to rise to the top. That sounds like the idea of the “American Dream” summed up to us and we immediately knew that these books needed to be brought to life.
After finding Nicole on Facebook, courting her, and visiting some of Houston’s most notorious neighborhoods featured in the novels (i.e. 5th Ward, Sunnyside, 3rd Ward, Kasmere Gardens and Studewood) we were able to get a glimpse of the richness and complexities of these communities. The question remained; why hadn’t we seen this world depicted on television? Two and a half years later, we have “H-Town,” an episodic series that is as much about urban Houston as it is about the characters that thrive and sometimes want to escape it.
As we are seeing more diverse images of “blackness” in tv and film it’s important to keep the momentum going by exploring more parts unknown. Season one is based on Nicole’s first book “She Got It” and is for anyone who understands the dopeness of female friendship, secretly enjoys reality tv, moved by the grittiness of the underworld, intrigued by watching someone make something out of nothing, and those excited by a little romance.
After working on all seven seasons of HBO’s hit series “True Blood”, I’ve learned some valuable lessons - two of which are, to always listen to your gut and story is everything. My gut is telling me now is the time to bring this project to life. My experience working in television combined with Yoshinobu’s work producing commercials and indie films, along with Derrick’s expertise in shaping and working with young actors confirms this. Nicole’s storytelling is the epitome of what’s current, real, and engaging.
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About This Team
Khadija A. Brockington (Producer / Co-Creator)
Khadija A. Brockington, a native of Philadelphia, PA, earned a Bachelors of Arts at University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Fine Arts at The American Film Institute. In 2009 her award-winning short film, Beyond The Pretty Doorwas the grand prizewinner of the prestigious BET J Best Short competition. The film has also been the recipient of other numerous honors and has been screened at more than 30 film festivals. Additional honors include a “Best Short Film” award at the Pan African Film Festival, being screened at the BHERC’s annual screening series (“Sista’s Are Doing It For Themselves”), and being named a finalist in the First Glance Festival in Philadelphia.
In addition to producing a total of six short films, Khadija has also produced two music videos, a tv-movie (“Highland Gardens”) for Dutch television, and worked all seven seasons on HBO’s hit series True Blood. Currently, she has focused her attention on adapting and producing a series of novels by Houston, TX based author, Nicole Jackson, into her first episodic-series, H-Town.
YOSHINOBU TSUJI (Producer / Co-Creator)
Yoshinobu, a recipient of the prestigious Japanese Government Scholarship for Upcoming Artists in 2006, originally started his career at the largest commercial production company in Japan, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. He subsequently relocated to Los Angeles to obtain his MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute where he produced two highly acclaimed thesis films, STILL LIFE and REDEMPTION MADDIE, both of which went on to screen at over 20 international film festivals and won many awards including Grand Jury Prize at AFI Dallas International Festival.
In 2006, Yoshinobu co-founded Philote Factory Inc., a Los Angeles based production company for commercial, TV, and feature content. He has produced commercials for clients such as Acura, Toyota, Subaru, Nintendo, Yamaha, Nestle, and Uniqlo along with his first feature film, BRAHMIN BULLS starring Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Justin Bartha, Academy Award Nominee Michael Lerner, and Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen. After being screened at sold-out screenings at international festivals including Mumbai Film Festival and won audience award at San Diego Film Festival, the film was released theatrically in the US and UK for great reviews.
Yoshinobu is currently developing an episodic series, H-TOWN, based on acclaimed novels by Nicole Jackson).
Natyna Bean (Screenwriter)
Natyna Bean, a Philadelphia native, creates stories close to heart and home through ethnography and emotional experience. Whether in a stageplay, screenplay, or love letter, she invites you to explore the transformative power of inclusivity and intersectionality. She honed her writing skills against the steel of the rigorous curriculum at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at the New School.
Some of her work (GRAYS FERRY, Grown into Pretty, and the meek, etc) has been developed and witnessed through participation in the Moving Arts Theater MADLab and FIRST LOOK series, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, the Cape Cod Theater Project, the Rita & Burton Goldberg Theater of Tisch, and more. Other works such as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published via online publications such as For Harriet or in print, such as Beat & Prose Magazine.
Derrick Sanders (Director)
Derrick Sanders is an award-winning director and filmmaker. Mr. Sanders short film Perfect Day, which he wrote and directed has been screened in over 25 film festivals around the world and has garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. His other directing credits include the My America too series. In theatre, he recently directed Twisted Melodies, the Donny Hathaway Story, at Baltimore Center Stage, La Clemenza di Titi for Chicago Summer Opera, The Island and African Company present Richard III at American Players Theatre. The Washington, D.C. and West Coast premieres of Will Power’s Fetch/Clay Make/Man at Round House Theatre and Marin Theatre Company. He also directed August Wilson’s Fences at Marin Theatre; The Mountaintop at Virginia Stage Company; Clybourne Park and the world premiere of Beneatha’s Place in repertory for “The Raisin Cycle,” at Baltimore Center Stage. His other credits include August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Signature Theatre (Off – Broadway) and for “August Wilson’s 20th Century” at the Kennedy Center, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at Baltimore Center Stage, Fences and Radio Golf at Virginia Stage, Jitney and Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly at True Colors Theatre in Atlanta. Sanctified at Lincoln Theater (Washington D.C.), Gee’s Bend at Cincinnati Playhouse, Topdog/Underdog at American Theatre Company (Chicago), the world premieres of Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, Bud not Buddy and Jackie and Me at Chicago Children’s Theatre; and the world premiere of Five Fingers of Funk at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. Mr. Sanders was the assistant director of August Wilson’s world premiere productions of Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean on Broadway. He is also the organizer of the August Wilson Monologue Competition and a member of the faculty in the theatre department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As the Founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre, he directed numerous productions and received multiple awards and accolades for his work, such as the Chicago Tribune’s Theatre Chicagoan of the Year in 2005. He received his BFA from Howard University and MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.