About the Film
Harrison is a man stuck between two worlds: the one he was raised to know and the reality that he is actually living. Harrison and Vanessa appear to have the perfect relationship, but Harrison is struggling with insecurities regarding his role as a man in his relationship. These insecurities lead him to wonder what does it mean to be an Alpha? At one time men were instinctively thought to be the leaders in everything and women were expected to be submissive. While this archaic way of thinking is no longer the norm in today’s society, Harrison is struggling with the shift in roles and identity in relationships. How is one supposed to juggle years of upbringing versus the expectations of today? What does it mean to be a man in today’s society? What are the gender roles? What’s acceptable and not acceptable for men and women? Harrison struggles to find himself and he struggles with the perception of society versus how he feels internally. On their anniversary Harrison and Vanessa will have to deal with secrets that will change the foundation of their relationship forever. Will they be able to find a common ground or will the conflicting realities of expectations versus idealistic notions prove too much for their relationship?
Female Late 20’s Afro-American 5’5ft. Tall. Pretty with a charismatic smile, long black hair. Hard-working, career driven and intelligent, counsel at a top global law firm on track to make partner soon and loves Harrison dearly.
Male Late 20’s – Early 30’s Brown skin, handsome and athletic. A personal trainer at a gym, failing at everything in life except for the love he has for Vanessa. A man who believes the perception of happiness is more important than actual happiness.
Male Late 20’s – Early 30’s Athletic, charming, best friends with Harrison and his moral compass, college friends of both Vanessa and Harrison.
Male Late 20’s – Early 30’s Athletic in every sense of the word, always the manliest man in the room or pretends to be. Very direct, abrasive and comedic with a condescending tone.
Male Late 20’s – Early 30’s the laid back friend, the glue that holds everyone together, Harrison’s biggest cheerleader.
As an actor, Reggie co-starred on several prime-time television series including “Law and Order: SVU” and “Celebrity Ghost Stories” and featured roles on several indie films. With much creative fluency, Reggie took his writing skills to work and co-wrote his first short film “This House.” Subsequently he also wrote “When The Well Runs Dry”, and his third script “The Krew” which was posted onto the Blacklist in 2018.
Reggie is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University where he was a member of the Track and Field team and obtained two degrees: a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.S. in English Literature. After graduating he enrolled in the summer certificate program from the Rita and Burton Goldberg department of dramatic writing at NYU Tisch to help hone his screenwriting skills.
From 2018-2020, Cally served as a producer on Dwyane Wade’s “Wade: Life Unexpected,” documentary distributed by ESPN and produced by Ron Howard’s Imagine Productions. Cally came on board alongside director Bob Metelus in pre-production and helped build a narrative from over ten years of catalogued footage.
In 2019, Cally hit the film festival circuit with his mid-length feature film “Anime,” as well as his short film “Fifteen,” which starred Mack Wilds. “Fifteen,” and “Anime,” each won an award over the summer and “Fifteen,” screened in Miami at the prestigious American Black Film Festival as part of Jack Daniel’s Real to Reel competition.
Cally served as the Director of Photography of Tribeca Film Festival’s 2019 Spotlight Documentary, “Charlie’s Records,” which told the story of legendary calypso music producer Rawlston Charles and his improbable success after immigrating to America.
In 2018, HBO Vice’s critically acclaimed documentary “Raised in the System,” won an Emmy Award, after premiering earlier that same year. Award winning actor Michael K. Williams handpicked Cally to join the production team deeming his creative writing background and unique perspective as a storyteller invaluable to the project. Cally traveled alongside the crew to multiple inner cities with high crime rates throughout America to dissect the flaws of our criminal justice system, with emphasis on juvenile detention.
In 2017, Cally directed, wrote, produced, and edited “After Hours,” which premiered on Tidal in April 2017 to great acclaim. NBC News dubbed the work “an experience that becomes a tableaux of New York’s current culture,” and “a piece of work that is timeless.”
Now in 2020 and beyond, Cally is dedicated to continuing to tell dynamic and authentic stories through the film and television mediums, while creatively pushing boundaries.
After graduating, he produced music videos for the DIY pop-punk scene in Philadelphia. He has also trained with Dado Valentic and the International Colorist Academy, and has color graded for indie shorts, Complex, and Amazon.
Currently, he makes promotional videos for Private Suite Magazine, an online and print magazine specializing in the vaporwave genre, where he develops his own spin on the aesthetic with motion graphics. His most recent script, a sci-fi tv pilot, placed semi-finals at ScreenCraft.
Returned to NY in the year 2000 and worked for Sylvia Fay Casting, hired Background for Film and TV… “Oz”, “Zoolander”, “Maid In Manhattan”, “Law & Order”…
Christine is presently Freelance Casting and really enjoys every aspect of Casting.
It was an honor to work with all of you on “A For Alpha”.
Shaneek is a proud graduate of Penn State University where she obtained a BA in Business Management and she received her cosmetology license at Empire Beauty School. Both educational institutes have helped master her skills within the beauty industry.
Feature Films with Francis Ford Coppola and Stephen King, Hundreds of Documentaries, TV shows, and thousands of on-air promos for Cable networks like Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Bravo. Large scale projects like: The first 52 Episodes and launch of Pokémon, a 76 spot campaign for Calvin Klein “Eternity”, a 176 promo, four-month campaign for USA’s Cartoon Express, sound designed 700 sound design elements for all audio exhibits for the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in NYC. And post produced many tv series of 5-32 shows for many networks.
Rich resides in New Jersey with his wife, 2 daughters, and 2 jack Russel Terriers.
In 2017, she found her passion for makeup after receiving her certification from the Makeup Academy NYC by Nina MUA. As she continued to develop her skills through education and her client base, she has had the opportunity to work on photoshoots, fashion shows, advertisements, sweet sixteens, and now, short films.
In the near future, Zania Imani hopes to become a prominent entrepreneur and use her extensive background in Human Resources to develop her brand.
Producer’s Statement / Vision
I grew up watching a strong example of a woman in my household, my mom. I also grew up watching a strong example of a man in my household, my dad. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized how much work they had to put into their relationship to find the balance and to block out social expectations. My father chose to serve the community as a Pastor and so my mother was the breadwinner as an aerospace engineer. Looking back at it now, I’m certain that my dad had to overcome some insecurities and block out all of the buzz in his ears about how the man should be the bread winner. I’m also certain that my mom had to block out the buzz in her ears from society about not being a “real mom” because she has a career and society believes that you can’t have both. Thankfully, my parents did a great job of hiding any anxieties from societal expectations that they may have been dealing with from us and I believe that they were able to do this because their love for each other out weighed all the noise.
This is why our story, “A for Alpha”, is real and applicable to so many relationships across the world. Now that I’m married and I am balancing a career, I personally have experienced the push and pull of what I’m expected to be and where I’m expected to go as a woman. I have also felt the awkwardness of sharing a similar career path as my husband and people comparing our successes through “lighthearted” jokes such as, “you’re wife is doing well, you should just ride her coattails..” and then feeling the pain that statements like that cause my husband. I’ve felt the anger of when I’m out at my husband’s events and people who know him but don’t know me only refer to me as a, “pretty supporting wife” and never take the time to even ask my name or what I do. I feel that exploring the concept of gender roles and how they impact us today, especially as women are gaining more footing in their career paths and having children later, is just as important for positive growth in our lives and may also help with other issues such as mental illness that societal pressures can make worse.