CHARLES STONE III (Director) graduated in 1988 with a degree in fine arts,
illustration/animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. Post-grad, Stone
worked as an animator
for a commercial design company, Woo Art International, in New York.
Hungry to express his ideas, Stone quickly moved into directing music videos
90's, winning awards for the likes of Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Public
Enemy and more.
In 1997, Charles wrote and directed a short film, "true," an absurd comedy about
the friendship between
young men talking on the phone. This was to be his "calling card" into the
feature film world of
Hollywood. This two minute short would go on to become the Budweiser "Wassup!"
campaign and garner practically every prestigious advertising award in the
industry, as well as guest
appearances on Oprah Winfrey, the Tonight's Show with Jay Leno, and the Today
Show to name a few.
Mr. Stone's taste-making ability didn't stop at the nation's most popular
commercial campaign but instead,
continued in his feature film director career with the cult hit "Paid in Full"
(Dimension Films,) which got
him a "First Time Director" nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards, as
well as his sophomore
effort for 20th Century Fox's, "Drumline," (2003) starring Zoe Saldana and Nick
Stone's talent as a storyteller shows no bounds with his narrative hand reaching
into the world
of television. He has recently directed VH-1's "Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC story,"
as well as episodes
from NBC's cult hit "Friday Night Lights,"
In 2015 the Sundance film festival premiered Charles "Lila and Eve," starring
Viola Davis and Jennifer
Lopez. Described as an "Urban Thelma & Louise", it was nominated for best
direction in the NAACP Image
Stone's Netflix Original feature "Stepsisters" is #3 of 17 films the content
juggernaut brought the table
for 2018:Producers Matt Alverez ("Straight our of Compton"), and Lena Waithe
("Dear White People,"
co-star of "Masters of None") have put Charles in the exclusive club of
director's like David Ayer, Maya
Forbes, Cary Fukunaga, chosen by Netflix to represent the kind of movies that
are cutting edge,
commercial and appeal to the biggest audiences ever.
Currently, Charles is in final post for the Lionsgate feature film "Uncle Drew",
starring Kyrie Irving, L'il
Rey Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll and Schaquille O'neal. Based on the
viral sensation of the four
short films and character of UNCLE DREW that Kyrie Irving created and directed,
(141 million views and
counting), the film is already looking to be the most highly anticipated films
of the year.
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