A Nice Guy
What begins as innocent flirtation turns into 3 people from different walks of life learning about themselves and each other.
A Nice Guy was completed in 2017 and is an official selection for 13 festivals. It's currently in consideration for various others. The film has won the Award of Merit at IndieFEST and the Award of Recognition at the Best Shorts Competition. Its lead, Dominique Nieves, won the Best Actress Award at the Oniros Film Awards and Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival.
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Cast & Crew
Shae D'lyn - Director
In addition to her twenty years as a working actress on stage and in film, Shae also directs and produces theater, film, and television productions. Her film “Morir Para Ser Libre” was featured in the Boston Film Festival, “Contragolpe” won the Coco de Oro festival, and her documentary "El Coro en Japon” was featured on public television in Puerto Rico. Her feature-length documentary “Los Vandalos” about the struggle between the power structure and graffiti artists fighting to have a personal voice, premiered at the Latino Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Her project, “HEARME – The Imagine Project” won the Audience Award at the Elevate Film Festival from its 5,000 attendees. The film connects orphans in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Puerto Rico and Compton through music. To further peace and brotherhood, Shae and her producer partner Kevin Jackson donated music studios to each orphanage and asked the children to create their own song based on John Lennon’s “Imagine." Because the project inspired such a profound reaction, both from the children and the audience, they founded a nonprofit, HEARME, Inc. to carry the vision forward.
Her recent acting credits include Nicole Holofcener's "Can You Ever Forgive Me" as Nell opposite Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, "Gypsy" as Margaret opposite Naomi Watts, "Orange is the New Black" as Mary-Bethany opposite Taylor Schilling, and Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" as Carlotta.
Dominique Nieves - Dana, Writer, Producer
Dominique Nieves is a Nuyorican actress, writer, producer, director and founder of Iron Glove Productions. She took courses in writing & film in high school & as an undergrad at Columbia University, but it wasn't until she pursued acting professionally that she realized she was passionate about making her own work from the ground up. As an actress, she is known for portraying strong willed characters and her commanding presence.
As a filmmaker she aims to highlight imperative social justice issues by challenging audiences to examine unique perspectives. Her current films on the festival circuit explore society's perceptions of sexual assault and immigration.
In addition to her life as an artist, Nieves is a Medical Student at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She finds that the same tools she uses to create characters as an actress and writer, can be used to build relationships with patients. She uses her creative work as an outlet for activism; raising awareness and impacting others.
Awards: Best Actress, Oniros Film Awards, 'A Nice Guy'; Best Actress, Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival, 'A Nice Guy'; Women Filmmakers Award of Recognition, Best Shorts Competition, 'A Nice Guy'; Best Social Justice Film, Oniros Film Awards, 'A Nice Guy', 'RACCA'
Amilcar Javier - Jamie
Amilcar Javier is a New York City based actor training in advanced acting techniques with Anthony Abeson and scene study with Shae D'lyn. In addition to his career in film, television, commercials and theater, Amilcar is also a writer, producer, and software developer.
Film credits include:
- The impassioned president of an alternate United States in the award winning short drama RACCA, directed by Dominique Nieves
- A dark horse undertaking a futuristic 12 step program in an urban, mixed media coming of age story, These F**king Steps I Climb, directed by Miguel Ortiz
- A repenting, Latino womanizer in the short drama You Fatima, directed by Adrian Manzano
- Hulu's The Looming Tower
- Netflix's Orange is the New Black
Kelvin Grullon - Kenneth
Kelvin is a Dominican American actor from Washington Heights in New York City. He is a LaGuardia Arts High School graduate (the 'fame' school) and a University of Virginia alumni. Upon graduating from Virginia with an architecture degree he began training at Humanity Studios.
He has starred as the leading man on numerous indie short films. Some of his credits include: lead role in the drama-comedy pilot "Guap" (dir. Chris Meyers), the lead role in the indie drama feature film "No More Lonely People" (dir. Orlando Reyes), and his rendition of the one-man show "the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (dir. Elise Thoron) produced by Young Audiences NY. He's also made appearances with comedy troupe "Room28 Comedy" which has been featured on Mas Mejor TV and Buzzfeed.
Hamad Al-Tourah - Assistant Director
Hamad Al-Tourah is a Kuwaiti filmmaker and writer. In 2008, Hamad obtained a dual degree in Cinema Studies and Journalism, with special emphasis on the Middle East in print and film, from New York University. After a year working in post-production and distribution for documentaries, he left for Singapore to complete a three-year master’s program in Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Asia. During that time, he had his short film, Alice In The Meantime, screen at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, was named a Kuwaiti Merit Scholar, and was announced as one of four filmmakers to receive a production grant from the Doha Film Institute for his short film, Playtime.
Sam Schmitz - Cinematographer
Sam Schmitz is an award winning filmmaker born in Queens, New York; known for his cinematography and editing in narrative and commercial work. He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology- receiving the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Scholarship Award, from the organization that grants Emmy awards. Films he has worked on have screened and garnered awards at festivals throughout the United States.