Hey, I'm Olu!

Union, New Jersey

Olu Ogunye Jr. was born in Newark, New Jersey to Nigerian parents, but spent most of his childhood growing up in the culturally-diverse township of Union, NJ.  In 2010, Ogunye (pronounced "oh-goon-yay") graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology and a concentration in pre-medicine.  His initial plan was to attend medical school, but after taking an animation course at Georgetown University, Ogunye re-discovered his passion for animation. 

 

Since the age of ten, Olu (pronounced "oh-loo") had dreams of becoming an artist.  He loved creating cartoon characters--exploring their personality and environment through art and storytelling.  However, growing up with traditional Nigerian parents who worked in the medical field made achieving his dreams difficult.  But as Olu learned more about the animation industry, he realized that this was where he belonged. 

 

Upon graduating from Georgetown, Olu cancelled his application to medical school and enrolled into the Computer Art, Animation & Visual Effects program at the School of Visual Arts.  There he completed his first CG-animated short film entitled Clowning Around.  This film was featured in the Short Film Corner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was accepted into the Malta Film Festival for Children.  In addition, It was listed in the Top 100 People's Choice category of The Rookies 2016 competition.  

 

Olu (also known as Super Olu) continues to build his career as an artistic creator of many sorts--animation, motion graphics, videography, digital art.  His artistic abilities are boundless and simply driven by his passion to create fun, uplifting, and at times thought-provoking work.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Black Lady Goddess

Newark, New Jersey Series
Drama, Fantasy

Set 50 years in the future where the world has found out that God is a black woman and reparations have been given to all aborginators...

125%

This project got the green light!

For Lily - Thesis film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Thriller

An out of place teenager goes to a hospital and forces a doctor to get him medicine for his sick sister before his time limit is up.

81%

This project got the green light!

Willy Goes Way Back!

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Willy really must be very wary as time-travel unravels the maze of his mind so he can see his late mother one final time.

104%

This project got the green light!

The Great Divide

Denver, Colorado Film Feature
Thriller, Western

In 1879 Colorado, a destitute ranch heiress must seek restitution by joining forces with the dangerous outlaws who murdered her father.

91%

This project got the green light!

FOBia Pilot

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy

A comedy about an Indian FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) as she adapts to life in America with her American roommate and Indian neighbor.

101%

This project got the green light!

Another Period in Time

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Comedy, Drama

A free black woman from 1863 wakes up in 2018 ATL & meets an entitled millennial. Can she get home or learn to love avocado toast & selfies?

106%

This project got the green light!

Bella, Citizen Artist

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

A film about the life, work, influence and impact of California-based choreographer/dancer/artist Bella Lewitzky.

102%

This project got the green light!

Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story

Washington, District of Columbia Film Feature
Biography, Documentary

Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story is a film reflecting upon Sally’s life as a woman in a man’s art world in 1970s Avant-Garde Film

100%

This project got the green light!

Priced Out

San Francisco, California Series
Animation

Young couple discovers why they can’t afford a place to live in San Francisco. Through their journey, their ideas about housing are forever

106%

This project got the green light!

WOMEN OF THE WILDLANDS

Los Angeles, California Film Festival
Documentary

A documentary about female wildland firefighters and the legacy of discrimination and sexual harassment in the U.S. Forest Service.

92%

This project got the green light!

Don't Ever Let Go

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Animation, Drama

Mia and her brother Alex find a powerful stone that thrusts them into different paths while bringing them closer then they've ever been.

95%

This project got the green light!

Funny Brown People

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Family

An immigrant working class Mexican-American family tries to make sense of each other and the world they’re assimilating into.

107%

This project got the green light!

Frankenstealth

Union, New Jersey Film Short
Animation, Family

The coolest daddy-daughter relationship is put to the test when an urgent project spirals out of control.

100%

This project got the green light!

Oniphron

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A tale about a homeless immortal woman taken in by a Portlander.

85%

This project got the green light!

I Don't Live Today

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Experimental

On his last night in NYC, a struggling Black painter wanders the streets cutting off all ties he has to the morally hypocritical art world.

81%

This project got the green light!

Disfluency

Commerce Charter Township, Michigan Film Feature
Drama, Comedy

Jane spends the summer after college at her family's lake house where she continues to cope with PTSD after date rape.

124%

This project got the green light!

THEY WHO SURROUND US

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama

A farmer follows a voice deep into the woods enabling him to see his wife one last time.

187%

This project got the green light!

Sister/Brother

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

Nora, a broke actress, and her younger brother Scotty drive from Portland to Seattle so she can attend a dinner hosted by her wealthy ex.

100%

This project got the green light!

Kings of Lincoln County: The Brookstock Movie

Brookhaven, Mississippi Film Feature
Biography, Music

The amazing untold story of Mississippi musicians that spans fifty years

146%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

Big Girl

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

A plus-size woman in NYC navigates our size-obsessed culture with cynical humor and unapologetic self-love.

81%

This project got the green light!

Passion & Progress

Lakeland, Florida Series
Documentary

When people of color set out an ambitious goal to reach their highest potential, only to be faced with societal barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

Vivian Moon: Little Moon Rising

Chicago, Illinois Series
Animation, Family

Moxie and a mouth full of teeth, Vivian violet must learn to brave lycathropy and her new home with her new dad, Will Awae.

118%

This project got the green light!

The Royal Court

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Drama, Family

A sensitive African-American girl struggles with remaining on the royal court at her college after an undeserving senior is crowned queen.

105%

This project got the green light!

Black Girl Training

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Series
Comedy, Shorts Program

When a black transracial adoptee is meeting her biological family, there's only one way to prepare her; a black girl training.

106%

This project got the green light!

Pink

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama

As narcotics hit Washington DC hard in 1987, four young girls are forced to provide and protect as their parents lose to the drug game.

125%

This project got the green light!

Bleeding Backwards

Chicago, Illinois Series
Other

A series of short films that use movement and dance to examine the effects of the US prison system on individuals and their communities.

127%

This project got the green light!

I Friggin Love you

Los Angeles, California Series
Drama, Romantic Comedy

Love can make you or break you.

91%

This project got the green light!

The-Caroline-Peatree-Gibbs-Series

Greenville, North Carolina Series
Drama, Romance

Caroline, a strong-willed, selfish, Black femalepreneur, wants it all in business, love and life.

112%

This project got the green light!

Viktory

Chicago, Illinois Series
Drama, Family

An orphaned girl struggles to find answers to the old adage, “what’s in a name”- is she one mother’s Viktory or another’s Victoria?

103%

This project got the green light!

Uneasy The Show

Oakland, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Two brown girls take on student loans, MFA drama, & techie jargon in Oakland: home of the Black Panthers & now, $3000 one bedroom apartments

103%

This project got the green light!

mor-ALe

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Series
Comedy

After being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit, a maladjusted comedienne must serve out her penance as a volunteer community counselor.

100%

This project got the green light!

STiGMA

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.

113%

This project got the green light!

Conversations Centered Around Black Bodies

Chicago, Illinois Series
Drama

An honest exploration of intersectionality and race relations in America.

101%

This project got the green light!

H-TOWN Series Season 1 "SHE GOT IT"

Houston, Texas Series
Romance, Drama

We follow the life of Falen, 19, high school graduate & homeless; she realizes that the family she chooses will be her only means for surviv

102%

This project got the green light!

A Forgotten Place

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, War

An Igbo boy, living underground during the Biafran War, makes an unlikely friendship with a Yoruba soldier and they go in search of family.

91%

This project got the green light!

Sending to: 112 supporters

Add attachment (2MB filesize limit)

Your message has been sent!

Hi there! We're excited for you to send your first message.

Just a reminder, use messaging respectfully and appropriately. As a community of filmmakers and film lovers, we're here to tell stories, expand imaginations, build bridges and deepen empathy. Like everything on our platform, be supportive, create healthy debate, never get nasty and definitely don't spam. To use Seed&Spark, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Are you sure you want to delete this draft? There's no undo button!

The draft has been successfully deleted!

Ok

Hiding your project will prevent it from being viewed on the site or showing in search results on the web. Please note that it can take up to a week or two for Google to stop surfacing the page in search results. Anyone that clicks through before then will see the not found page.

Unhiding your project will allow it to be viewed on the site and show in search results on the web. Please note that it can take up to a week or two for Google to start surfacing the page again in search results.

Terms

>

Basic Info

Before we get started, please confirm the following:

By starting a project you agree to Seed&Spark’s Site Guidelines.

Terms

>

Basic Info

Cancel


Saved to Watchlist

Way to go, you just added something to your watchlist for the first time! You can find and view your watchlist at anytime from your profile.

Pay what you can.

Watch wild and wonderful movies and shows from independent filmmakers and get a new handpicked playlist every month.

Subscribe to Seed&Spark

Watch

Fund