Kemp Powers

Kemp Powers is an American film co-director, screenwriter, and playwright. He is best known for his work on the play One Night in Miami, the 2020 film adaptation of the same name, Star Trek: Discovery, and Soul. His work on Soul meant that Powers became the first African-American to co-direct a Disney animated feature.[1]

Kemp Powers
NationalityAmerican
EducationHoward University
Occupation
  • Film co-director
  • screenwriter
  • playwright
Years active2012–present
Notable work

CareerEdit

After writing the 2012 short film This Day Today, he scripted the 2013 play One Night in Miami.[2][3][4] In 2017, Powers was brought onboard to write several scripts for Star Trek: Discovery season one episodes.[5] In 2018, he co-wrote the script for Pixar's Soul, with Pete Docter and Mike Jones, as well as co-directing the film with Docter, making his directorial debut.[6][7] On July 9, 2019, it was announced that actress Regina King would be directing a film adaptation of Powers' play One Night in Miami.[8] On December 16, 2020, Powers hosted the first three episodes of the podcast Soul Stories, which was released as a Spotify exclusive. In the episodes, Powers interviewed several people who worked on the film mainly about their mentors and careers, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories behind the making of the film.[9] An alumnus of Howard University, Powers is the first African-American co-director in Pixar history.[10]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer
2012 This Day Today No Yes Short film
2017 Star Trek: Discovery No Yes 5 episodes[5]
2020 One Night in Miami... No Yes Feature film[11][12]
2020 Soul Co-director Yes Co-screenwriter (with Pete Docter and Mike Jones)[13]

PlaysEdit

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category Film Result Ref.
Academy Awards April 25, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay One Night in Miami Pending [19]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards January 4, 2021 Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Nominated [20]
Annie Awards April 16, 2021 Best Direction - Feature Soul Pending [21]
Best Writing - Feature Pending
Black Reel Awards April 11, 2021 Outstanding Breakthrough Screenwriter Nominated [22]
Outstanding Screenplay, Adapted or Original One Night in Miami... Nominated
Soul Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association December 21, 2020 Best Original Screenplay Nominated [23][24]
Best Adapted Screenplay One Night in Miami Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards March 7, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [25]
Denver Film Critics Society January 18, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [26]
Florida Film Critics Circle December 21, 2020 Best Original Screenplay Soul Nominated [27]
Hawaii Film Critics Society January 13, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay One Night in Miami Nominated [28]
Houston Film Critics Society Awards January 18, 2021 Best Screenplay Nominated [29]
Indiana Film Journalists Association December 21, 2020 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [30]
Breakout of the Year Nominated
NAACP Image Awards March 27, 2021 Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture Nominated [31][32]
Soul Nominated
North Carolina Film Critics Association January 4, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay One Night in Miami Nominated [33]
Online Film Critics Society Awards January 25, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [34]
Satellite Awards February 15, 2021 Best Original Screenplay Soul Nominated [35]
St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards January 17, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay One Night in Miami Nominated [36]
Writers Guild of America Awards March 21, 2021 Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated [37]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ How Pete Docter and Kemp Powers brought the first Black Pixar protagonist to life in 'Soul'
  2. ^ Verini, Bob (August 5, 2013). "L.A. Legit Review: 'One Night in Miami...'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Meisel, Myron (June 11, 2013). "'One Night In Miami...': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Valence Media. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Dowd, Vincent (October 11, 2016). "Muhammad Ali play puts icons of black America on stage". BBC News. Archived from the original on January 28, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Trumbore, Dave (August 24, 2019). "First Images for Pixar's 'Soul' Revealed; Cast and More Musical Details Announced". Collider. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Romano, Nick (November 6, 2019). "Pixar bares its Soul in first look at film with Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Sherlock, Ben (October 13, 2019). "Kemp Powers And Mike Jones Have Co-Written The Script With Pete Docter". Screen Rant. Valnet, Inc. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Ray-Ramos, Dino (July 1, 2019). "Regina King To Direct Adaptation Of 'One Night In Miami'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  9. ^ "Soul Stories by Disney". Spotify. December 16, 2020. Archived from the original on December 24, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  10. ^ Miller, Natalie (December 5, 2020). "From the Halls of Howard to the Director's Seat at Pixar: How a Howard Alumni Found His Passion". The Hilltop. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  11. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran. "Regina King to Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With 'One Night In Miami'". /Film. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
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  21. ^ Flores, Terry; Flores, Terry (March 3, 2021). "2021 Annie Award Nominations: 'Soul,' 'Wolfwalkers' and Netflix Lead". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  22. ^ Fraley, Jason (February 18, 2021). "Regina King's 'One Night in Miami' leads Black Reel Awards with 15 nominations". WTOP-FM. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  23. ^ Adams, Ryan (December 18, 2020). "Chloe Zhao's Nomadland Leads Chicago Film Critics Association 2020 Nominations". Awards Daily. Archived from the original on December 24, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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  25. ^ Davis, Clayton (February 8, 2021). "Critics Choice Awards: "Mank" Leads With 12 Nominations, Netflix Makes History With Four Best Picture Nominees". Variety. Archived from the original on February 8, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  26. ^ Neglia, Matt (January 18, 2021). "The 2020 Denver Film Society Winners". Next Best Picture. Archived from the original on January 18, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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  28. ^ Neglia, Matt (January 13, 2021). "The 2020 Hawaii Film Critics Society Winners". Next Best Picture. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  29. ^ Darling, Cary (January 22, 2021). "Houston Film Critics name "Nomadland" best film". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 25, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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  32. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (February 2, 2021). "NAACP Awards Nominations: Netflix Tops List With "Bridgerton," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" & "Da 5 Bloods"". Deadline. Archived from the original on February 5, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  33. ^ Davis, Clayton (January 4, 2021). ""Minari" Wins Big With North Carolina Film Critics Association, Chloé Zhao's Directing Winning Streak Continues". Variety. Archived from the original on January 5, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
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