Meet the 2018 HBOAccess Directing Fellows

7 May 2018 - By TW Staff

HBOAccess has selected three directors for its 2018 Directing Fellowship. The new fellows will participate in a weeklong workshop before mounting their productions this July.

The HBOAccess Directing Fellowship selects three to four fellows to participate in a biennial program designed to foster diverse directing talent. The program includes a series of master classes, which lead to the production of pilots. Delivered by industry professionals from both inside and outside HBO, the sessions cover a variety of subjects,  from creative topics such as story and character, to technical aspects of production and post-production. Upon completion of the course, the fellows are then given a budget and crew to direct a short presentation, allowing them full immersion in a true industry production.

“Every year we are overwhelmed with the amazing talent introduced to us through this process,” said Kelly Edwards, VP of Talent Development, HBO. “These directors are superstars on the verge of making the leap to episodic. Our hope is that we can be a small part of their story.”

The 2018 HBOAccess Directing Fellows are:

Thembi Banks

Born in Harlem New York, Thembi is a 2017 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow whose short film, Suitable, is a finalist at ABFF. She currently writes for Showtime’s Golden Globe-nominated series, Smilf. Thembi will direct Unimundo by Claudia Forestieri. Based on Claudia’s real life experiences at Telemundo, the script revolves around a Spanish language news producer who unexpectedly becomes a symbol for the resistance.

Carey Williams

Carey’s most recent film, Emergency, has received awards from festivals including Sundance and SXSW. He has honed his craft as a mentee with Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation and a directing fellow with Film Independent Project Involve. Williams aspires to evoke thought, reflection and positive change with his work. Carey will team up with Katherine Craft on Halfway, which revolves around an avowed atheist forced to live in a Christian halfway home.

Ryan Zaragoza

Ryan placed as a finalist in HBO’s Project Greenlight. His directorial debut, The Painter, was an official selection of the STARZ Network Film Festival. His latest short film, bebé, will air on HBO Latino starting June 2018. Ryan will direct Sterling by Stephanie McFarlane and Bryce Ahart, which focuses on a small town in the aftermath of a school shooting.