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The Prince of Nigeria

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.

Each Coming Night

The contemporary teenage drama EACH COMING NIGHT is in development. Listen to the Filmwax Radio interview, or read The Moveable Feast article for this project.

You Mean Everything to Me

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.

Biography



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.

Filmography


You Mean Everything to Me

HD, color, 90min. 2019
Producer | Writer | Director


After getting kicked out of her sister's place, Cassandra
falls hard and fast for Nathan, a local DJ. After a whirlwind
romance, he starts distancing them from her friends and
family, and his demands grow increasingly darker.
Confused and desperate, she must figure out how to save
another from the same fate.

The Prince of Nigeria

Episodic Pilot 2018


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 Weakest Fish

Feature Screenplay 2017


A teenage boy flees to Mexico after witnessing his
mother's murder, where he discovers a new world.

Each Coming Night

Feature Screenplay 2015


Dan, a suburban high school senior falls hard for Jessie,
an impulsive girl from his school. Dan soon realizes that
his new girlfriend is spiraling out of control. Jessie won't
let him go, and threatens to take him down with her.

Cooklyn

HD, color, 28min. 2015
Creator | Director | Editor | Sound


Six Episode BRIC Television Series, Brooklyn NY
Television pilot, Brooklyn NY

About Sunny

HD, color, 103min. 2012
Writer | Director


WINNER Grand Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival Boston
Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Female Lead
US Premiere Hamptons International Film Festival
World Premiere Toronto International Film Festival
Top three winners, Slamdance Feature Screenplay Competition

Humor Me

Feature Screenplay
written with Andrew Semans, 2011


Just as her life is finally coming together, Alia Marantz
gets dumped. His reason? She has no sense of humor. Alia
pledges to prove her ex wrong and to show the world that
she is, in fact, funny.

Film Makes Us Happy

HD, color, 12min. 2010
Creator | Producer | Director | Editor | Sound


DocPoint International Film Festival, Helsinki
Featured film on the Wholphin DVD website
International Film Festival of Boston, MA
Rooftop Films, Best of Summer Shorts, Brooklyn, NY
Hamptons International Film Festival, East Hampton, NY
80 Minutes of Shorts, New York NY

The Odyssey

Feature Screenplay 2009


Three college friends spending their last summer
together embark on a fateful trip to Montreal.

The Morning Sun

HD, color, 5min. 2007
Producer | Writer | Director | Editor


Rooftop Films, Brooklyn, NY
Independent Film Channel
Winner IFC Media Lab Best of July

Losing Ground

DVCam, color, 90min. 2005
Producer | Writer | Director


Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe, NM
CineVegas Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA

Sense

16mm, color, 85min. 1998
Producer | Writer | Director | Editor


IFFM, Angelika Film Center, New York, NY
Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Theatre, Ithaca, NY

Button Soup

16mm, b&w sepia, 14min. 1996
Producer | Writer | Director | Editor


Cinema Village Theater, New York, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY