Electa Brown has been directing Film and Television for over 20 years.
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She directed A NIGHT OF JAZZ: RON CARTER AND FRIENDS shot live on tape at SWEET BASIL in Greenwich Village. This show (in worldwide distribution) won the First Prize Silver Horn for Best Director at the International Jazz Film Festival in Warsaw. Other live-on-tape location shows she directed are: TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI and HARU outside at Tavern on the Green, MEL TORME at the Essex House, KITARO at St. John the Divine, ORQESTA DE LA LUZ at The Blue Note with guest artist DAVE VALENTIN. She also shot the LEWIS NASH NONET with REGINA CARTER at the Jazz Standard. She has directed many other shows for various PBS series, NBC Superbowl vignettes, TV infomercials and industrial films.
One of the award-winning films she directed is:YES, VIRGINIA… (theatrical motion picture drama starring Richard Masur and Christina Belford; Jury Award at the NEW YORK EXPO, honors at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and others; featured on PBS’ AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE and nationally syndicated by NIGHTFLIGHT.Another film is THE BUS STOP, shot on location in Brooklyn, New York.
Electa has done DGA work as Associate Director or Stage Manager on THE COSBY SHOW, THE TODAY SHOW, COMIC RELIEF, LIVE AID, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards, VH1/VOGUE FASHION AWARDS, , SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, THE TONY AWARDS, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, , THE HOUSE OF POOH (a virtual reality children’s show for Disney), DISCOVERY KIDS block for NBC, MTV AWARDS, specials for HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and other high-quality shows, in addition to many sports programs for NBC (Baseball--including the 1986 World Series at Shea, Game of the Week in Philadelphia, Dodgers Spring Training in Vero Beach, Football at Giants Stadium), Fox (Football in Philadelphia), WOR (Mets, Basketball, Hockey, Horse Racing, Trotters, Soccer, football) and WPIX (Yankees). She has also directed thousands of hours of edits for her own projects, the MacNeil-Lehrer Show, Innovation, promos at NBC and WNET and other stations.
She has been directing and teaching actors in dramatic stage roles for many years. She is a Director member of the famed ACTORS STUDIO. Her Off-Broadway/Off-Off Broadway New York stage directing credits include a stage version of her screenplay THE ROAD NOT TAKEN at Theatre Off Park; The Cezanne Show and Myrtle and Marigold at various theatres and venues; plays at Lambs Theatre, Theatre Row, NELLS and two plays at the West Bank Café. Electa is a Director member of Polaris North Theatre Group where she has directed various plays.
Electa was an actress/video consultant for TOOTSIE directed by Sidney Pollack. She played the Lighting Director.
She is a Director member of the Directors Guild of America and is a graduate of New York University’s School of the Arts. Electa is a licensed pilot.
I am a Director specializing in "Live" and "Live-On-Tape" programs and Narrative Film. I love to work with talent whether musicians, actors or creative people in general. At the moment, I am looking for projects to direct.
Ron Carter (internationally renowned musician and film composer) and I are partners in a music/film/video group. We are looking for projects in HDTV, video, film or live format. Our hour-long video, A NIGHT OF JAZZ shot live on tape at Sweet Basil in New York, won First Prize in the International JazzFilm Festival and is available on DVD, video and laserdisc internationally.
Currently, I am looking for funding for THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, a feature script I co-wrote. It is the story of a woman who witnesses a murder and is transported into a parallel universe where she gets to live the life she would have led - of a famous Tony Award-winning actress in New York City - had she married her college boyfriend 20 years ago. It is to be shot in New York City and Maine and is budgeted at $6 million apx.
I have access to funding for "family-style" film scripts - that is, stories that the whole family can watch together. So, if you have such a script, I'd love to read it. The catch is, I have first refusal to direct it.
I am also looking to direct feature scripts with an edge. I like scripts about relationships, personal violence (not effects driven), family dysfunction, etc.
Larry Banks (DP/Director) and I have formed Banks/Brown Productions to produce corporate and industrial projects on film, tape: analog, digital or high definition. We are members of the New York/New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council, Inc. Our first project is GEMS FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM to be shot in Thailand.
Electa Brown is a full Professor (Adjunct) at Long Island University teaching the Graduate course "Directing the Camera" and "Directing the Screen Actor" and Undergraduate courses "Television Production", "On-Camera Performance" and "Production Management". She is also an Instructor at New York University teaching "Directing Workshop" and various other Directing courses.