Nefertite Nguvu, Writer and Director
Nefertite is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for Outstanding Screenplay. Nefertite has written, produced, and directed two short films: a uniquely stylized black and white romance entitled “I Want You,” in 2007, and “The End of Winter,” an emotional meditation on loss in 2009, both of which screened at numerous film festivals. Amongst other web-based programming, Nefertite also directed a ten-part web series entitled “U.N.I.T.Y Reignited” which chronicles the life of five aspiring female emcees hand picked by, and featuring Queen Latifah for Cover Girl and Flavor Unit Entertainment. As writer/director/producer, Nefertite recently made her feature film debut with “In The Morning,” a film about love and its inevitable change/decline charting the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. “In The Morning” debuted at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York City and won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film. After a string of successful film festival screenings across the country and in Paris, France, the film also won the award for Best International Film at the Terra Di Siena Film Festival in Italy, Best Narrative Feature at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, and Best Feature Film and Best Overall at the Bronzelens Film Festival in Atlanta.
About “In the Morning”
In The Morning is about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lies of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers. Friend: Harper, Ravi, Fez and Bly and Amara gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals about marriage, fidelity, life and love. Two lovers: Malik and Cadence, meet to ceremoniously end a whirlwind romance that has collapsed under the weight of fears, obligations, and regrets. A couple: Zuri and Leal, sift through the remains of their broken relationship as they try to make a life altering decision, journeying through the bitter heartbreak that comes with faded love, disintegrated trust, and dreams abandoned. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning.
Simply stated, In the Morning is about love and transitions. It examines the complexities of love from the perspective of three women in the midst of some hard won self-transformation. It’s a mood piece that weaves together three stories about person a growth and the power of choice and action.