After spending several years trying to break into Hollywood, working on shows like the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and VH1’s “Flavor of Love,” North Carolina native, Shequeta Smith, recently beat out thousands of filmmakers to become one of the Top 20 finalists in HBO’s “Project Greenlight” Competition.


The newly revived Project Greenlight, HBO’s filmmaking documentary series, will be executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, executive producers of the original two seasons. Smith submitted a video bio in addition to a concept trailer for her upcoming feature film, “The Gestapo vs. Granny”; a comedy set inside of a retirement home that tells the story of Agnes Monroe, a cranky senior citizen who has infamously been kicked out of eighteen retirement homes.


A North Carolina State Alum, Smith first got the idea to become a screenwriter after an English professor suggested it after reading a play that she authored freshman year. Shortly after graduating, Smith relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, she’s participated in writing programs at both UCLA and USC and has been selected into multiple film festivals with her short films.


“I just want to create smart and fun movies that take viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, whether they’re laughing or crying — or crying from laughing.” says Smith.


Though beating out thousands to become the only African-American Top 20 finalist is impressive, Smith will have to make it as a Top 10 finalist in order to guarantee a spot on the HBO television series. The Top 20 voting round starts on Monday, September 15, 2014 and lasts until Friday, September 26, 2014.


The one video that receives the most votes from the Project Greenlight community during the voting period will be automatically included into the final Top 10. The remaining nine video finalists will be selected by a group of film industry professionals — including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The link for voting will be posted on Project Greenlight’s Facebook page on Monday September 15, 2014.


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