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A New Day

After a black high school student befriends a new talented Latina transfer student, they give new life to the stodgy traditional Christmas musical and change racist attitudes in a small town.

Written by: Kenya Branch     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Budget: Micro
Starring Roles For: Selena Gomez
Kylie Bunbury
Zac Efron
Posted: 11/19/2015
Updated: 11/06/2018
Author Bio: I’m a screenwriter, film producer and director. I’ve been writing and producing for over twenty five years. In 1990, my dramedy screenplay, Blood Type, was optioned by Los Angeles director-producer, Joel Rosenzweig.

In 1992, I wrote and co-produced a drama, "Dumped On," (about a thrill-seeking woman who reluctantly goes on a blind date with a church deacon after her player boyfriend dumps her) for Capital Cities/ABC that aired on its Philadelphia affiliate, WPVI (6ABC). In 1993, my screenplay, Melting Pot, about an explosion of emotion in an African American neighborhood after a Korean greengrocer kills a harmless black wino, won the Writers Workshop (which was affiliated with the American Film Institute) national Ethnic Minority Screenplay competition in Los Angeles.

In 1996, I wrote and produced a short film, "People Like Me," featuring film star, Elizabeth Banks, that challenges the myth of racial purity in vignettes that illustrate society’s preoccupation with skin color and stereotypes. It has been used for corporate diversity training.

More recently, a short film that I wrote, "Absolutely Wonderful," was a finalist in the Maranatha Christian International Film Festival, in September, 2011. Another short film, “A Holy Kiss?,” that I wrote the screenplay for, was also an official selection in the festival.

Two of my screenplays were selected in the 2013 Colorado International Film Festival: Servants' Row (Before the legal institution of slavery, multi-racial indentured servants flee from an increasingly tyrannical farm owner in colonial North Carolina) and Inhumane Traffic (The odd team of an Amish-like church woman from the country and an urban undercover police detective break up a major slave trafficking network).

The animated film I wrote and produced, “Common Ground,” was an official selection of the 2014 Attic Film Festival (TAFF 2014). It was also an official selection in the 2014 International Christian Film Festival.

Servants' Row was also a finalist in the 2014 Chicago Screenplay Contest. Additionally, Servants' Row and Generational Curses were quarter finalists in the 2014 Write Movies Writing Contest.

Generational Curses was also a finalist in the 2016 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

My faith-based screenplay, Tried by Fire, was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Spirit Quest Feature Screenplay Competition. My IMDB Credits page is http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5276652/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

My Linkedin profile is https://www.linkedin.com/pub/kenya-branch/2/465/690

My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/MKenyaBranchProductionsLlc

My blog can be read at https://kenyabranch.wordpress.com/