‘Busted on Brigham Lane’: A Woman-Directed Short Film about a Young Woman’s Reconciliation with Her Father

Busted on Brigham Lane

“When Momo spots her estranged father on the subway, she’s determined to reconcile their relationship in time for her 18th birthday party, despite her sister’s misgivings. Will the family be able to reconnect, or will Pop let Momo down once again?”

Busted on Brigham Lane is a short film directed by Talibah Newman, which she made at Columbia University. The principal cast includes Susan Heyward (Vinyl, Powers), Rob Morgan (Daredevil, Stranger Things), and Pernell Walker (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).

“Born in Dallas, Talibah Newman first came to New York City as a freshman attending Columbia University. After receiving her bachelor’s in Film and Creative Writing, Talibah braved New York City and landed several internships and production jobs in her field with companies such as Ted Hope’s This is That Production Company, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetico, and Malcolm Lee’s Blackmaled Productions. As an M.F.A. student, Talibah sought to tell stories of familial relationships, precocious children, single character journeys into recreating identity, obstructing prejudice, and the complicated mosaic of spirituality and faith.

“Talibah is the 2012 Directors Guild of America winner in the African American Category for her film Busted on Brigham Lane, which was licensed to HBO for exhibition in 2012. HBO also licensed Talibah’s Sweet Honey Chile’, which also won the Martha’s Vineyard Short Film Award Competition and was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival, among others. She’s also produced two short webseries, Famous Farrah and First Dates. Talibah is currently securing financing for her debut feature film and working on an original television pilot.”

You can follow Talibah Newman on Twitter @TalibahLNewman. Filmmaker bio and film description courtesy of Film School Shorts.


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