DAMN WONDERFUL is a documentary celebrating the journey of self-love and self-worth of 6 young LGBTQP poets from New York City and Los Angeles. They come from various backgrounds and experiences, offering a visceral and honest look into some of the challenges and triumphs our youth are facing.

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Damn Wonderful 2012

For inquiries email us at damnwonderful@gmail.com

Nelsan Ellis (Creator, Director)


In his current role as Lafayette on the HBO vampire saga 'True Blood,' Nelsan Ellis is undeniably charismatic and entertaining. The show, returning this summer for its sixth season, is already a certified and award-winning hit. He was most recently seen in the feature film ‘The Help’ for DreamWorks, based on the best selling novel. Other film credits include 'The Soloist' opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx and 'The Express' for Universal Pictures. Nelsan's other television credits include the Fox television series 'The Insider' for producer Brian Grazer, the HBO Film 'Warm Springs' opposite Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon and Kathy Bates, as well as 'Veronica Mars' for the UPN Network.


Born in Chicago, Nelsan moved to Alabama at a young age and was raised in Bessemer, a largely poor and black suburb of Birmingham. At 14, he returned to Chicago and attended Thornridge High, which proved to be an oasis within a hard and bustling city, due to its emphasis on arts education. It was at Thornridge where Nelsan discovered his passion for acting and where he flourished.


In addition to acting, Nelsan found another interest in writing, and while attending Juilliard, wrote the semi-autobiographical play, 'Ugly,' which was performed at the school. For his efforts, he received the Martin Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Currently, he has added producer and director to his list of credits. For the past year he has funneled most of his energy into directing the documentary, DAMN WONDERFUL. In September ‘12, The Collective Theatre (a theatre company he co-founded with a group of friends) made their Chicago debut with a production of Katori Hall’s HooDoo Love, that Nelsan directed. His goal as an entertainer is to continue to elevate the audience and to grow as an artist.

Khadija A. Brockington (Co-Creator/Producer)


Khadija A. Brockington, a native of Philadelphia, PA, earned a Bachelors of Arts at University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Fine Arts at The American Film Institute. In 2009 her award-winning short film, Beyond The Pretty Door was the grand

prizewinner of the prestigious BET J Best Short competition. The film has also been the recipient of other numerous honors

and has been screened at more than 30 film festivals. Additional honors include a “Best Short Film” award at the Pan African Film Festival, being screened at the BHERC’s annual screening series (“Sista’s Are Doing It For Themselves”), and being named a finalist in the First Glance Festival in Philadelphia.


In addition to producing a total of six short films, Khadija has also produced two music videos, a tv-movie (“Highland Gardens”) for Dutch television and has spent the past five seasons working in production on HBO’s hit series True Blood. Recently, she has focused her attention on producing her first documentary Damn Wonderful, that explores the journey of self-love and self-worth of 3 young LGBT poets from New York and 3 young LGBT poets from Los Angeles, which will offer a visceral, and honest look into some of the challenges and triumphs our youth are facing.


Khadija’s goal as an artist and as a producer is to facilitate and participant in the collaborative process of filmmaking that puts fourth a product that entertains audiences as well as shed light on topics close her heart.

Jeremy Thomas (Co-Producer)


Jeremy Thomas, a Los Angeles native, has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years. During this time, he’s worked with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Heidi Klum and Usher, to name a few. He’s covered Red Carpets for the Academy Awards®…to the Grammys and he’s currently producing for E! News with Ryan Seacrest. When not working, Jeremy loves to travel to exotic beach destinations and is always looking for his next athletic challenge.


Theo Perkins (Co-Producer)


Theo is the Founder of the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble and Snikrep Productions. Snikrep has successfully produced LA-based stage productions of “Riff Raff” and “Any1Man.” As the founder of The Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble in his hometown Elizabeth,

NJ, he helps to expose high school students to theater and film training.  As an actor, his TV credits include guest star appearances on “Lie to Me,” Raising the Bar,” and “N.C.I.S.” Broadway: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat” Off-Broadway: “It’s a Matter of Pride” He has earned a Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College and a Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA. Currently, he is the Producing Advisor for UCLA Live’s Student Committee for the Arts.


Aaron Butler (Co-Producer, Editor)


Aaron I. Butler has more than 15 years of award-winning editing experience. Some of Aaron’s projects include the iconic HBO show ‘Taxicab Confessions,’ the NOVA series ‘Evolution’ narrated by Liam Neeson, the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel series ‘Pleasure for Sale,’ the HBO documentary film ‘American Winter,’ and the short film ‘The Carrier’ starring Rita Wilson and Anna Paquin.


Jamal A. Smith (Director of Photography)


Born in the Bronx, NY Jamal A. Smith first discovered his love for visual storytelling at an early age when he received the gift of a VHS camcorder from his mother. He continued to nurture of his talent for filmmaking at Howard University where Jamal received a BA in TV and Film Production. In his senior year he applied to and was accepted at The Main Photographic Workshop to for focuses on cinematography. Upon completion of that program he went on to attend the American Film Institute.


Today Jamal is a freelance cinematographer that has worked on award winning short and feature length films such as BEYOND THE PRETTY DOOR, EXTRA ORDINARY BARRY, IN DISBELIEF and SISTER SWITCH. Recently Jamal, has focused his attention as co-founder/co-owner on launching JamBrock Productions, a small production company that produces commercials and music videos as well as independent documentary and narrative films.


Monica Obaga (Photographer, Web Designer)


Monica Obaga is a photographer and Web Content Editor based in Los Angeles but originally from Nairobi, Kenya. In the past Monica has been a film festival coordinator, musician/performer, data analyst. She has a hard time functioning without music, books or the internet. Being a part of DAMN WONDERFUL has been an exciting experience that Monica looks forward to build on.


Alyson Vidoli   (Music Supervisor)


Alyson got into the music supervision business about seven years ago, after moving out to Los Angeles from the Boston area in 2001. Seeking a career in music supervision but having no prior music industry experience other than going to lots of shows, she started volunteering at the radio station KCRW. That's where she met influential DJ and music supervisor Gary Calamar and went to work for him.  Since then, Alyson has been instrumental in the musical supervision of the hit TV shows True Blood, Dexter, Weeds, and Entourage. She is currently the overseeing the new MTV show Underemployed and the forthcoming indie film Coffee Town.

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