Biography

Award-winning writer-director Kiel Adrian Scott’s films have screened internationally and aired on HBO, PBS, CineMAX, Shorts TV, Centric and BET. Scott’s short film, The Roe Effect, garnered him high praise and won several major film festivals, including Best Short Film at the American Black Film Festival’s HBO Short Film Competition, Best Narrative Short at the Urbanworld Film Festival and the Saatchi & Saatchi NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE Producer’s Award. The Roe Effect was nominated for a Golden Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Independent Mini Feature Nominee at the Black Reel Awards and included in Cannes Film Festival’s 2010 Short Film Corner. Of the film, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme remarked, “Exquisitely made, fantastic in every single aspect, the themes are profound. Kiel is an incredibly exciting new American filmmaker. Bravo!”

Scott is an alumnus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, one of the most highly regarded and selective universities in the United States. All students awarded admission into The Cooper Union receive full tuition scholarships. Scott is also a recent graduate of New York University’s esteemed Graduate Film Program where he was awarded a full tuition Dean’s Fellowship, was a Spike Lee Fellow, and served as Professor Spike Lee’s Graduate Teaching Assistant. After completing his academic coursework Scott was asked by Mr. Lee to serve as a directing assistant on Lee’s professional projects. Most recently Scott collaborated with Mr. Lee as a writer on Lee’s feature length film / first foray into video games, NBA 2K16’s Livin’ Da Dream, which sold over 4 Million copies in its first week alone.

Scott’s latest film, Samaria, won a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and was a finalist in the 2015 Student Academy Awards. Samaria is a short film adaptation of Scott’s feature length screenplay, Epilogue. The Epilogue screenplay is a recipient of the Spike Lee Production Award and was an inaugural selection of the New Orleans Film Festival’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sponsored Emerging Voices Program. Epilogue will very likely be Scott’s theatrical motion picture debut.

Scott is a scion of the Harrison family of New Orleans, often referred to as New Orleans’ first family of arts and culture. Scott is the identical twin brother of two-time Edison Award-winning and Grammy Award nominated international recording artist, trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the nephew of modern jazz innovator, renowned saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr., and the grandson of community leader, activist and 2014 New Orleans Legend Award recipient, Herreast J. Harrison and the late culture bearer and legendary Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. The Harrison family was the inspiration for the Lambreaux family of the critically acclaimed HBO series, Treme’. For more information on the Harrison family visit www.guardiansinstitute.org