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African-American focussed US TV network AspireTV has launched a partnership with screenwriter and filmmaker Nakia Stephens and her screenwriting label, Damn Write Originals (DWO).

aspire 11 may 2018In 2020, AspireTV will debut one new short film a month from Damn Write Originals.

The first short film, Tre, is debuting at the Bentonville Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival and will premiere on air this Father’s Day, 15 June, as a sneak-peak of Season 2 of AspireTV’s Tuesday line-up, Urban Indie Film Block. The programming block showcases the best of urban short films by tomorrow’s filmmakers and includes films that depict love stories, romantic comedies, dramas, action and sci-fi.

Tre is about 8-year old Tre, who is desperate for his own identity, setting out to reclaim his sense of self by dropping his inherited name and choosing one of his own. After sudden tragedy strikes, he ultimately accepts the legacy he was given.

“Our brand promise to the black audience to ‘See Yourself Here’ and our commitment to provide a platform for the next generation to showcase stories that reflect the modern-day experiences of black culture is realized in this partnership with Nakia Stephens and Damn Write Originals,” said Melissa Ingram, GM, AspireTV. “We look forward to creating authentic and moving content like Tre that speaks to the black audience and solidifying AspireTV as the home to urban independent short films. We are proud to be in partnership with such a brilliant writer as Nakia and her premier label, Damn Write Originals. This is only the beginning to something great.”

Stephens added, “I’m excited to partner with AspireTV to bring fresh content to the platform. I believe myself and the other writers at Damn Write Originals  have unique perspectives and value the art of storytelling so much that our passion exudes through our work. With the stories I tell, I place black people at the forefront, and I always aim to be authentic with dialogue and character development. I feel like my films allow black people to see themselves in the way my characters walk, talk, dress, make love, grieve, laugh, envy, etc. – I feel like black folks can connect with the stories I tell on a deeper level.”