New Orleans, LA – Local television production Shepherd wins big at Vermont’s ITV Fest, a festival dedicated to showcasing independently produced TV Pilots, Web Series, Short Films and Documentary. Shepherd walked away with two highly coveted awards. Best Actor went to New Orleans native Lance E. Nichols (Treme, House of Cards, Into the Badlands) and the pilot won for Best Drama Series. The win lands Shepherd a coveted development meeting with HBO (The Wire, True Detective, Game of Thrones). Shepherd follows the story of Father Joseph (Nichols), a conflicted Catholic Priest with a violent past, as he wages war on a dangerous drug lord, after a little girl and member of his congregation is gunned down on his church’s steps. Boasting an all-New Orleans cast and crew, University of New Orleans alum and New Orleans Film Fest veteran Andrew Bryan directed and co-created the show alongside fellow filmmaker, Owen Hornstein III. Alicia Davis Johnson, R. Todd Campbell and Kenny Reynolds produced the pilot episode.
“New Orleans is steeped in talent both in front of and behind the camera. The goal is to get a new production going here that will provide local filmmaking artists the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete with the best of TV programming.” – Alicia Davis JohnsonThough the hope is to land a development deal that funds further production of the series, Bryan says that the ultimate goal of Shepherd is more than that. “Shepherd can shine a spotlight on the negligence and desensitization towards rampant crime in poverty-stricken communities and provide a perspective that is both truthful and complex, because in the real world, it isn’t just good guys versus bad guys,” Bryan adds. The best of luck to the Shepherd cast and crew! Stanley B. Gill Founder & Editor-in-Chief