NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, BET and Paramount Players announce the premiere date for the winning movie script of BET’s nationwide competition ‘Project CRE8.’ This once-in-a-lifetime contest gave an undiscovered filmmaker the opportunity to have their feature film script produced with a million-dollar budget. Written, directed and composed by Quincy Ledbetter, “Alieu the Dreamer,” starring Denzel Whitaker (Black Panther, The Great Debaters, Training Day) and Haley Webb (The Final Destination, Blonde), takes place in a world where mankind hasn't dreamed for three decades, until a driven government agent discovers a young man in the projects, who has suddenly started dreaming. Sought after by an alluring leader of a religious cult, Reverend Venus, played by Rick Hearst (The Vampire Diaries, Dynasty, General Hospital), Alieu struggles to understand his newfound ability while fighting to care for his family. “Alieu the Dreamer” will premiere Thursday, October 22 at 10 PM ET/PT on BET.
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DENZEL WHITAKER will play ALIEU
Alieu is an intelligent, hard-working and principled young man, who is backed into a corner. Desperately trying to make a living as a dishwasher to support his girlfriend Fatima and their baby daughter Jamila, Alieu is overwhelmed by his gift, and the power that comes with it.
HALEY WEBB will play MAYA
Maya is passionate, driven and fearless. Just a child when the world experienced the sleep disruption, Maya now works for the Department of Health and Human Services, searching for anyone who can still dream.
RICK HEARST will play REVEREND SEAN VENUS
Reverend Sean Venus is the charismatic, intelligent and manipulative leader of a massively popular cult, determined to use Alieu’s gift to expand his own influence and power.
In 2018, BET and Paramount Players held a screenplay contest, “PROJECT CRE8” that gave one aspiring, undiscovered talent the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their screenplay produced into a feature film with a million-dollar budget. The contest culminated at the BET Networks Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA last September where five finalists pitched their films to a panel of television and film executives. Ledbetter’s original script, “Alieu the Dreamer” rose to the top of the heap and was selected as the winning script. BET purchased Ledbetter’s screenplay and worked with him and Paramount Players to turn his original script into a feature film. This year ‘Project CRE8’ launched its annual contest in partnership with Tracy Yvonne Productions, searching for TV comedy’s next big screen writer.
About Quincy G. Ledbetter:
Quincy G. Ledbetter is a filmmaker, musician, and artist living in Brooklyn, New York by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. As a storyteller, Quincy works to share unique narratives across all genres, told from a rare perspective.
About Roger M. Bobb
Roger M. Bobb is a director and producer, currently the President and CEO of Bobbcat Films. Previously, Bobb served as Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios. His most recent credits in addition to “Alieu the Dreamer,” include the films “Friend Request,” “Holiday Heist” and “Life-Size 2.”
“Alieu the Dreamer” is Executive Produced by Roger M. Bobb and Angi Bones for Bobbcat Films. The film is written, directed, and composed by Quincy G. Ledbetter
For more information on “PROJECT CRE8” go to BET.com/Cre8. Join the conversation on social media by using and following the hashtag #ProjectCRE8 #AlieuTheDreamer
BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.
About Bobbcat Films
Bobbcat Films is an independent full service film and television production and development company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Founded by Roger M. Bobb and Angi Bones in 2011, Bobbcat Films produces high-quality films and series for networks such as BET, TV One, ABC, Freeform, Bounce TV & Up TV. Bobbcat Films owns and operates its own 30,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.