Ayodele, a Nigerian teenager gets recruited by a group of 419 Internet scam artists. His internal conflict grows as his solicitations enter the world, and he learns how far some will go for love, for status, for security, and what he himself must sacrifice for his freedom.
The dramatic feature YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME, starring Morgan Saylor and Ben Rosenfield, was awarded the 2019 Rooftop Films and Brigade Festival Publicity grant and accepted into the Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab.
Bryan Wizemann is an independent writer, producer, editor and director of film based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited internationally at film festivals and museums, on IFC and Wholphin, and streamed on Netflix, Amazon, SundanceNow, iTunes, FilmStruck, FilmBuff, and Fandor.
Wizemann’s latest feature YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME was awarded the Rooftop Films and Brigade Festival Publicity grant and accepted into the Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab. His feature ABOUT SUNNY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at IFF Boston. Lauren Ambrose was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead with distribution by Oscilloscope. The screenplay was one of the top three winners of the Slamdance Feature Screenplay Competition. Wizemann’s microbudget feature LOSING GROUND was adapted from his critically acclaimed New York stage play and features the original cast. It premiered at Cinequest with distribution by FilmBuff and is available on Amazon. His early experimental 16mm feature SENSE was programmed at the Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY and screened at the Angelika Film Centre.
Wizemann’s short film work includes his college thesis 16mm film BUTTON SOUP, THE MORNING SUN (Rooftop, IFC Media Lab) the television series COOKLYN (BRIC arts media), and FILM MAKES US HAPPY (DocPoint Helsinki, IFFB, Rooftop, Hamptons, Wholphin), which documents the last fight he'll ever have with his wife about making films. His pilot for THE PRINCE OF NIGERIA and his feature screenplays for EACH COMING NIGHT and THE WEAKEST FISH are currently in development.
Wizemann has studied dramatic writing and directing with Tom Noonan (Paradise Theater), Lee Breuer (Flea Theater), Forest Stone (Yale Drama), Adrienne Weiss (Directing Actors), and DnA. He is the author of a collection of dramatic monologues, as well as television pilots, stage plays, and screenplays, and has written for National Geographic and Radical Media. His interviews appear in Filmmaker Magazine, WSWS, Rooftop Films, and on Filmwax Radio, Tribute Canada, and BRIC. He was a guest artist and lecturer at Cornell University, Pratt Institute, The New School, and UNLV, and served as a juror for the Pratt Film/Video Program and the Heermans-McCalmon Dramatic Writing Panel. Wizemann is a graduate of Cornell University and was part of the MFA program at Hunter College.