Novo Novus Productions is an award winning multimedia production focused on producing film, web, and theatre content that highlights the LGBTQ community of color.
Recent work includes three seasons of the pioneering hit comedy web series DRAMA QUEENZ (YouTube & OutTV), the acclaimed features BWOY (starring Star Trek: Discovery's Anthony Rapp), WHAT IT WAS (Frameline, OutFest, HBO Urbanworld film festivals), THE BREEDING (winner, Best Feature, 2018 Harlem Int'l Film Festival, released by Breaking Glass Pictures), DADDY'S BOY (Cinequest & New Orleans Int'l Film Festivals), SUBWAYS (winner, Best Feature, 2015 Harlem Int'l Film Festival), and the award-winning BOYS LIKE YOU (Best Short, North Carolina LGBTQ Film Festival, currently distributed through Guest House Films). Other notable work includes the critically acclaimed docu web series FADE IN (about homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City), and the award-winning play REFLECTIONS IN A DITCH.
Founded in 2008, Novo Novus Productions is committed to defying the traditional hindrances that restrain creativity; thinking outside the box in order to fully realize quality. By creating dynamic works through various mediums and re-envisioning classic ones, Novo Novus hopes to inflict a positive change in society, becoming a catalyst for new thought in a world ripe with endless possibilities.
Dane Harrington Joseph (Founder & Executive Producer) is an artist based in Harlem by way of Detroit, MI. He is the creator, executive producer, and writer of Drama Queenz, a long-running web series that has been featured at pride parades and film festivals across the country. Most recently, he wrote & produced the award-winning film THE BREEDING (winner, Best Feature, 2018 Harlem Int'l Film Festival). He also served as executive producer on the recently wrapped feature film Bwoy, which was written/directed by Sundance and Tribeca alum John G. Young and stars film/stage star Anthony Rapp (A Beautiful Mind, Rent) and Tony nominee de’Adre Aziza (Red Hook Summer, Passing Strange). Other recent projects include What it Was (BET/Urbanworld Official Selection) and Subways (Winner, Best Feature, 2015 Harlem Int'l Film Festival). Additionally, he produced the short films Boys Like You (Winner, Best Short, 2011 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) and Where Truth Lies (Nominee, Best LGBTQ Short, 2012 San Diego Black Film Festival), and the acclaimed documentary series Fade In about LGBTQ youth in NYC. In the NY theater world, he penned the family drama Reflections in a Ditch, winner of “Best Play” at the prestigious 2014 New York Theatre Festival. He also helped develop the hit musical Mighty Real: A Sylvester Musical, which went on to become a sold-out off-Broadway hit in 2014. Having recently earned his earned his masters from Columbia University, he has worked at Hot Snakes Media, DiGa Vision, True Entertainment, CNBC, NBC Universal, the Obie Award-winning Flea Theater, the Tony Award-winning Roundabout Theater Company, and Paper Mill Playhouse, and as an actor in the national tour of Elton John's and Tim Rice's Aida. In addition to Columbia, Dane is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University (B.A., History & Economics; Economics Honors Citation; minor in African American Studies). Prior to that, he was a theater major of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where he likewise studied dramatic writing under celebrated Michigan author Anne Marie-Oomen. He is a proud member of The Writers Guild of America (East).
Daniel Armando (Executive Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker and producer raised in California now residing in New York City. He has produced five micro-budget indie films, including DADDY’S BOY (Official Selection Cinequest Film Festival), WHAT IT WAS (Official Selection HBO Urbanworld, Outfest, NewFest, and Frameline film festivals), THE BREEDING (Winner, Best Feature, Harlem Int’l Film Festival), and BWOY (starring RENT & STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’S Anthony Rapp). His first project, the short BOYS LIKE YOU, won him “Best Short” at the 2011 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He was also the co-Executive Producer of the award-winning stageplay REFLECTIONS IN A DITCH (winner, Best Play, New York Theatre Festival). He is graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and as a performer starred in the international tour of FAME: THE MUSICAL.
Dwight Allen O'Neal (Executive Producer) is a New York-based producer and TV personality who continues to rise in the entertainment industry through the launching of fresh multimedia projects; full of unique content with relevant messages. Dwight Allen O'Neal has always been a class act with qualities that tagged him as Little Rock, Arkansas' very own local celebrity, having eminence that allowed him to stand out from the norm tagged him with the phrase O'Neal Appeal. When leaving the South in pursuit of his Hollywood dream, Dwight decided to buff his talents to perfection at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Working as a professional entertainer under the name Allen O'Neal, he’s been seen on the big screen in Hitch, as well as on Comedy Central, MTV, in Rolling Stone, and in several commercials, modeling campaigns, and much more.When the opportunity arrived for O'Neal to write an advice column in Teen People magazine, it opened his eyes to his ability to assist teenagers with the many issues they may face. He was thus inspired to mentor LGBTQ youth through the arts by writing, creating, and producing Christopher Street, a hit series now available on DVD and On Demand through TLA Releasing. In addition to his artistic endeavors, O'Neal has recently become a celebrity make-up artist, counting Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester as one of his favorite clients. Dwight was also named one of the hottest rising “out celebrities of color” by Instinct Magazine, and has developed an interviewing dating show titled Dating Dwight. He also works as a media correspondent for TheFutureForward.net with his very own column “Dishin' It With Dwight,” where you can expect for O'Neal to talk to viewers/readers about dating, fashion, beauty, exclusive interviews with celebrities, and hearing this GAYLEBRITY rant as he continues down his journey of staying forever young, looking fabulous, and making his way towards greatness.