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Eugene Ashe

Réalisateur/trice, Acteur/trice, Compositeur


Réalisateur américain.


Eugene began his career as a major label recording artist on Sony Music’s Epic/550 label, as part of the R&B band Funky Poets along with his cousins Chris Jordan, RedRay and Paul Frazier. By 1995, Eugene had amassed three Billboard charted singles, and a gold record (from the « Free Willy » Soundtrack) to his credit.

In 1997, Eugene co-wrote and performed the score to Tom Fontana’s CBS Pilot « Firehouse. » Eugene also performed a small acting role in the pilot, among an all-star cast that included: Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver), Burt Young (Rocky), and Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), just to name a few. That performance led to two more acting appearances in Fontana’s next project: HBO’s « OZ. »

Through his involvement with these projects, Eugene turned his attention to writing for television and film. By 1999 he had landed a job as a series writer on TV Land’s Ultimate Fan Search, a game show hosted by Chuck Woolery, with guest host Barbara Eden. That same year, Eugene became a contributing writer on another game-show: A&E’s « History IQ, » hosted by Marc Summers, and also shot his first short film entitled « Sylvie’s Love » which was nominated as best short in the 1999 Pan-African film festival. In late 1999, Eugene began working as a storyboard artist, on the Universal Pictures film « Loving Jezebel, » directed by close friend Kwyn Bader. After the film wrapped, Eugene and Kwyn collaborated on the screenplay entitled « A Man In The Son, » which was briefly set up at Miramax pictures, with 40 Acres And A Mule as Executive Producer; the concept is now being developed for television.

Eugene’s screenplay, entitled « The Draft Dodger, » was developed during his fellowship at the Writer’s Guild of America Diversity Lab, and was a final-round contestant for the 2006 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.

« Homecoming, » tells the poignant story of five friends who attended a Historically Black University together in the 90’s. While gathering for Homecoming weekend at the house that was once their off-campus dorm, news of one member’s recent death forces the friends to reflect on the past; rekindle relationships; reveal secrets; and redefine their lives.

Homecoming debuted as an off-Broadway play in 2010 and enjoyed a sold out run. In 2012, it was adapted into a feature film, and it is Eugene’s debut as a feature film director.

The film has been nominated for numerous festival jury awards including: HBO’s Best Feature and the Saatchi & Saatchi Producer’s Award, at the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival; Best Feature Film at the 2012 Bronze lens Film Festival in Atlanta; and Best Director – First Feature at the 2013 Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Homecoming (2012) is being distributed by Image Entertainment, a division of RLJ Entertainment, in association with One Village Entertainment and Seven Letter Word Films.

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