Winner Shaka King

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The 20th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

DIRECTOR: Shaka King


Lyle and Nina are in love—with each other and with getting high, but not necessarily in that order. Wafting through aimless days in New York smoking weed whenever possible, Lyle makes his living repossessing rented furniture from the destitute before heading home to be with his girl. Though caught in a loop of self-medication, Nina yearns for more. When mistakes in judgment escalate out of control, the happy couple find the life they have built is quickly evaporating, and the hole they have dug for themselves is growing beyond repair.


SHAKA KING is a writer, director, and producer whose films Cocoa Loco and Herkimer DuFrayne, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor have screened at festivals and on various networks internationally. Newlyweeds, King’s first feature, was developed in the Emerging Narrative workshop at IFP and was awarded a postproduction grant from Rooftop Films/Edgeworx Studios. He lives in Brooklyn, where he was born and raised.