F.A.M. (USA | 2017, 30 min)

Directed by: Kyle Romanek

Written by: Anthony E. WIlliams

Cast: Acacia Leigh, Breana Cymone, Candace West, Moses Jones, Anthony E. Williams

Directed and produced by Emmy winners Kyle Romanek and Mallory Cunningham and inspired by a true story, F.A.M. is a half hour drama about a black blended family trying to live a normal life in the all-white suburb of Roswell, GA. The story covers the life of Trey, who is trying to balance his relationship with three women: Traci - his ex and the mother of his child, Dara - his new wife, and Olivia - his 15-year-old daughter who is struggling with her sexuality. Trey navigates the challenges of having a child coming out in a subculture of homophobia and co-parenting with a woman hellbent on destroying his marriage.

Interview:

Anthony E. Williams began his acting career in NYC after earning his MBA and having a successful career in corporate America. Following performing the lead role in the film Astray, he began executive producing films with Kyle Romanek and Sean Morse-Barry. After two features and a short film, Anthony founded WMZ entertainment and is the CEO. The first project of WMZ entertainment is F.A.M. which was created by Anthony Williams. This team has been together since 2013. As an actor he is known for projects such as Step Up, Honey 4, and Arg Stairs, and Astray.

Interview conducted by Jeff Ayars, TV Pilots Curator

Q: What’s your background & how did you get started?
I have an MBA and my background is in Corporate America. So becoming an executive producer after my start as an actor was a natural transition. First was the acting then being an EP and finally a writer for F.A.M.

Q: What inspires you to create?
Living and growing up in the suburbs I do not see a lot of black families like mine. It seems either there is a huge struggle with poverty, drugs, violence, and negativity. Or there are sitcom's where everything is with a laugh track. I don't see affluent black families in a dramatic show. So I created F.A.M. rather than complain about the lack of diversity on television.

Q: What advice do you have for indie creators on a budget?
I would say to know your budget prior to writing the script. I had our locations in mind before I began writing. I knew what car, house, park I had access to and I wrote within the budget. I see a lot of indie projects where people are ambitious but can't show their true vision because they wrote outside of the budget they had.

Q: What makes your project special?
This doesn't look or feel like an indie project. Our pilot was made in 4k and ready for TV. Produced and Directed by an Emmy Winning team. I doubt you have seen a black family with the struggles of having an ex, a child dealing with sexuality and yet at the same time thriving in a suburb much like most of America. A black family living in a world where their entire life isn't about being black or struggling with outside factors just their own dysfunction. After seeing F.A.M. people will look at diversity on TV differently. Its a slice of life that needs to be seen by the masses. F.A.M. has a swagger and vibe like no other and even has Childish Gambino on the soundtrack.

F.A.M. is an Official Selection of the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival.