New Wave Actors in Conversation
Sunday, October 20 – 11:00 am
MOCA Geffen, Warehouse
The New Wave Actors highlights a diverse group of talented actors, selected by Film Independent and SAGindie, who continue to deliver breakout performances and deserve industry recognition. New Wave Actors is a partnership between Film Independent and SAGindie, with additional support from SAG-AFTRA and Easterseals Disability Services.
Asante Blackk (When They See Us), Olivia Cheng (Warrior), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Queen Sugar), Huma Qureshi (Leila) and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer (Give Me Liberty) will be honored.
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Asante Blackk is an Emmy nominated actor who loves his craft. Coming from a long line of preachers, social activists and counsellors, Asante grew up in a spiritually grounded and socially conscious family. His love for telling complex and compelling stories through his art comes from his belief that what he does has the power to heal and inspire in more ways than one. Asante started acting at only 6 years old. He was cast as Mowgli in The Jungle Book in 2008, which ignited his passion. Once Asante began high school he decided to take acting more seriously. He joined the theater department in his school and was able to take several theater and acting classes as he continued to hone his skills. Asante was named Most Promising Actor at the statewide Maryland Thespian Festival. He is the 2018-2019 President of the North Point High School Theater Club and provides encouragement and advice to other young people who want to act as well.
Asante has worked with Nickelodeon to recreate the SpongeBob, Danny Phantom and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme songs with a rap twist. He also played the role of Kevin Richardson in the Netflix limited series When They See Us, based on the widely known Central Park Five.