Biography: Maurice A. Dwyer, originally from Mt. Vernon, NY, received his B.A. in filmmaking from Temple University. As an actor, he’s appeared in many stage plays, independent films and guest starred in the CBS drama Now and Again, for which he was submitted for Emmy consideration. His directing credits include For Charity’s Sake (2001), the award-winning Whoa (Sundance 2002), Cop Block, produced as a semi-finalist for the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival at the Cannes Film Festival 2002, and In Time, co-directed with Adetoro Makinde.
Biography: A consummate artist on stage, film and television, Adetoro Makinde is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an actress, but disheartened by the continual lack of career opportunities, she expanded her efforts in 2000 and created the production company Backdoor Films. In its debut production, she wrote, starred in and produced the short film For Charity’s Sake (2001). Building on the momentum of her newfound career, the following year, she made the highly successful award-winning short, Whoa (2002). The film went on to screen at over 50 venues worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, AFI Fest, Aspen Shortfest and LA Film Festival.
Going back to her independent roots, she once again wore multiple hats as actress, director, writer and producer on the award-winning short, In Time (2005). For her acting performance, Makinde was voted Best International Actress by the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Among her many other honors, she was invited by Kodak to an emerging filmmaker program at the Sundance Film Festival, selected to participate in a creative assignment for Nickelodeon, is a grant recipient of the IFP:NY /New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Film & Media Program, BMW/Blackfilm.com Filmmaker Award and is a Film Independent Project: Involve Fellow. She was a finalist in the Lifetime Movie Network Every Women’s Film Competition celebrating emerging women filmmakers and her short It Takes a Village (2008) was the New York State winner of the Chase Legacy Film Challenge presented by Chase Bank, Blackfilm.com, HBO and Kodak.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
In Time (2006).
For Charity’s Sake (2001 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
Whoa (2002 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
Cop Block (2002 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
3 Minutes (2003 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
In Time (2005);
Steep (2007 – Adetoro Makinde);
It Takes a Village (2008 – Adetoro Makinde);
Life, Love, and Hollywood (2008 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
The New 20s: Episode 1 (2009 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
The New 20s: Episode 2 (2009 – Maurice A. Dwyer);
The Question (2012 – Adetoro Makinde).