meet The Team
A Dream to Die For is being executed by a team of creative professionals located in Ghana including:
DAVID A. MASTERWILLE
David Masterwille is the founder and managing director of AdomiBridge Studios, a content producing company in Accra, Ghana. He is a writer, director and producer. As a screenwriter, he has written nearly a dozen screenplays since he ventured into screenwriting 20 years ago whilst a student in Canada. He wrote, directed and produced the 2012 movie The Most Beautiful Hour, which was acquired by Africa Magic. He has also written, directed and produced several acclaimed documentaries including the award winning documentary Gold Is Here, 2014 (Ghana), Gilberte’s World, 2016 (Mauritius) and Scapegoats, 2017 (Ghana).
Masterwille’s films have screened at several film festivals around the world including Durban International Film Festival (Durban, South Africa), Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar, Tanzania), AfryKamera Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland), and Africa International Film Festival (Lagos, Nigeria).
He led AdomiBridge Studios to produce the videos for Ghana’s successful year-long campaign, the Year of Return where he directed nearly 50 videos for this important national campaign in 2019.
David Masterwille studied at Vancouver and Toronto Film Schools in Canada as well as National Film and Television Institute in Ghana.
CAROL MAYES BASURU
As producer, writer, and director, Basuru has years of U.S. entertainment industry experience. She has worked on a diverse array of projects for network television, as well as independently produced shorts, features, and animation.
As writer/director, her television movies “Commitments” (starring Allen Payne & Victoria Dillard) and “Rituals” (starring Regina King, Isaiah Washington, & Jenifer Lewis) were produced for BET Pictures and Lifetime Television, respectively.
As a winner of the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship, she has written spec features and television scripts for Disney Studios and ABC Television. Other credits include writer, “East St.” pilot episode for TeenNick/Nickelodeon, and producer for segments on PBS’ “Sesame Street”.
Other honors include: Screenwriting Finalist for the Chesterfield Film Project, and awards from the Toronto International Film Festival, Director’s Guild of America, National Black Programming Consortium (Corp. for Public Broadcasting), CINE Golden Eagle, Urban World Film Festival, and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
Mayes Basuru holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the American Film Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Princeton University.
LAURENE MANAA ABDALLAH
Laurene Manaa Abdallah nee Addy is film producer, editor and lecturer. She has been a long time Editing lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute as well as a part-time lecturer at New York University in Ghana, and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Laurene holds MFA in Cinema and TV from EICAR, Paris, France; Diploma in Film & TV from the National Film and Television Institute, Accra, Ghana; and Postgraduate degree from University of Winneba, Ghana. She is currently a PhD student at Makerere University in Uganda.
Her filmography as producer includes Aloevera, 2020; Sidechic Gang ,2018; Keteke, 2017; 40 and Single ,2018. Keteke won the Best Screenplay at the 26th Edition of Fespaco whilst 40 and Single won the Audience Award at The LA Film Festival.
Laurene has edited several critical short films that have gone on to screen at the Cannes Film Festival including Who’s Afraid of Ngugi? A Letter from Adam. ‘Stef’, ‘Perfection’ and ‘As the days went by’.
She has worked as Assistant Festival Director for Accra Francophone Film Festival organized by the Institut Franciase and the French Embassy in Ghana, and for the Real Life Documentary Film Festival organized by Ka’Yelema and New York University.