‘One Bedroom’ by Darien Sills-Evans to screen at IFFNY

Written and Directed by the talented Darien Sills-Evans, the feature film “One Bedroom” tells the story of a couple in Brooklyn, trying to move on with their life. Produced by Darien Sills-Evans and Devin Williams, the amazing cast includes: Devin Nelson, Darien Sills-Evans, Amber Reauchean Williams, Stephen Hill, and Jon Laster. 

“One Bedroom” is accepted in the official competition of the International Filmmaker Festival of New York (IFFNY) taking place in NYC on May 25-29, 2018. One Bedroom will screen at 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Producers Club Theaters (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). Tickets can be reserved via EventBrite.

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For more than a decade, Darien Sills-Evans has entertained audiences on stage and screen. First introduced to television audiences as “Darien Hall” in 1998 on CBS’ Cosby, he followed that series with four seasons as “Dr. Mark Fields” on NBC’s Third Watch. Mr. Sills-Evans has also been recognized for his roles as “Agent Tyrell Evans” on CBS’ Person of Interest, “Darnell Nichols” on HBO’s Treme, and in numerous national commercials.

In theaters, Mr. Sills-Evans was last seen in a leading role as “DJ Malik” in Big Words the directorial debut of Neil Drumming.

Mr. Sills-Evans made his directorial and starring feature film debut in 2001 with the critically acclaimed X-Patriots, which won the LA Weekly Award Best Screenplay 2002, CCI Digital Award for Best Ensemble Cast 2002, Film Finders Maverick Award for Quality Low-Budget Film 2002 and was nominated for the IFP’s Gordon Parks Award.

In 2005 Mr. Sills-Evans co-produced and starred in John G. Young’s The Reception, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. For his critically acclaimed turn as “Andrew” in The Reception Mr. Sills-Evans won the Best Actor Award at Outfest 2005.

In 2009, co-wrote, produced and starred in Rivers Wash Over Me. The film became the centerpiece movie of the 2009 NewFest Festival and again was winner of the Best Actor Award at Outfest, this time for co-star Derrick L. Middleton.

Mr. Sills-Evans, working for ACH Productions, wrote, produced and directed MC Extra Cheese: The 40-Year-Old Rapper a micro-budget single-camera sitcom, shot in New York City. The premiere episode was nominated for Best Pilot at the 2012 Banff World Media Festival.

A prolific stand-up comedian, Mr. Sills-Evans has performed at The Comedy Store, Flappers, New York Comedy Club, Eastville and countless other venues. He is the founder of the weekly show, Tipsy Hustle at Brooklyn’s 5 Spot Supper Club.

In 2017, Mr. Sills-Evans became a series regular on CBS’ Superior Donuts. He is also currently the national spokesperson for U.S. Cellular.

Mr. Sills-Evans continues to develop new film and television projects and lives in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA with his wife, designer Anna Stein, and their daughter, Ella. He is an avid New York Mets fan and Trekker.

Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Filmmaker Darien Sills-Evans

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?

Darien Sills-Evans: First, we’re very thankful to the IFFNY for selecting One Bedroom.  The film festival submission process can be trying, and to be accepted to a NYC festival is always special. This film was entirely made in New York, so screening here means the world to the cast and crew.

NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film competition?

Darien Sills-Evans: I didn’t even know that.  That’s an amazing honor. I hope that we represent American independent film with pride and dignity, even though the language in a film can be a little salty.

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NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? What is it about?  

Darien Sills-Evans: Our film is ONE BEDROOM. Its essentially a film about a break up.  Breaking up is easy.  Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.

NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it.  

Darien Sills-Evans: The film was produced by Devin Williams and Darien Sills-Evans. It stars Devin Nelson and Darien Sills-Evans as the lovers who are coming apart.

NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?

Darien Sills-Evans: I don’t know if we have a “message”, but we wanted to tell a story about the fragility of romance and trust, while also saying something subversive about gentrification.

NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. This stage has been home of Paramount Pictures for 90 years and it has been graced by actors such as Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Ben Stiller, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, Bill Cosby, Demi Moore and many other esteemed stars. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018? What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?

Darien Sills-Evans: I do plan on attending the IFFNY, but probably won’t be able to attend the opening night at Kaufman. I wish I could! My first real job in show business was on a sitcom that shot at Kaufman Astoria, it would have been great to return there to celebrate how far I’ve come.

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NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Darien Sills-Evans: Honesty. Truth.  The same qualities that make most things great.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/projects you have been involved in?

Darien Sills-Evans: Rivers Wash Over Me, X-Patriots.

NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?  

Darien Sills-Evans: Superior Donuts on CBS, Spokesperson for U.S. Cellular.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Darien Sills-Evans: I’m a stand-up comedian.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

Darien Sills-Evans: Make the films you’d like to see. Don’t be afraid to be your own harsh critic.

NY Elite: What’s next for you?

Darien Sills-Evans: I have several projects I’m searching for financing for, but I would love to a film about the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights movement or a murder mystery.

NY Elite: Where can everyone keep up with you to learn more? …social media…agency, website?

Darien Sills-Evans: You can find out more about me and my work by following @dasefatcap on Twitter and Instagram. dariensillsevans.com .

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About IFFNY Festival: http://iffny.com

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-filmmaker-festival-of-new-york-tickets-45365788294

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