- Country: Canada
- Province/State: Ontario
- City: Toronto
- How do you Identify?: Black woman of East African descent
- Field of Work: Fiction/Scripted
- Union: Non-Union
- Interested In: TV Writing Room, Developing my own Film/TV/Digital Material, and Shadowing
- Favourite Movies: The Sky is Pink
- Favourite TV Shows: The Holistic Detective Agency of Dirk Gently, Doctor Foster, Killing Eve, Modern Love, The Mindy Project,
- Pitch a Project: virgins! is a dramatic comedy that follows four 20-something year-old East African Canadian women, awkwardly navigating adulthood as millennials and love and relationships as virgins.
- Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Link: http://www.adenabebe.com/virgins
Hi there! My name is Aden Abebe and I’m a hustler.
I am an intentional storyteller whose culturally-specific work, speaks volumes to the communities I create for. Whether it be: creating conceptual photo essays; advocating for mental health promotion; directing commercials for government campaigns; managing the brand and communications of a not-for-profit organization; or screenwriting an original series, I create as a means not an end, and always have a greater vision for where my work (be it storytelling or advocacy) can take me and my community.
In 2016, my pitch for a new show about four virgins gallivanting through the dating scene as millennials and women of colour, lead me to receive an artist residency in Palomino, Colombia. There, I woke up to the sounds of the ocean, ate empanadas & platanos and wrote what would become my first baby, “virgins!”. In 2017, I was accepted into the Regent Park Film Festival’s screenwriting incubator and in January of 2018, with a cast and crew of 33, we filmed the beginnings of “virgins!”. We screened our concept trailer to a sold out audience at “FOURTH BASE with virgins!” – our official launch party – and as one fan put it, “A show about four women of colour chilling and talking over food, it’s the Sex and the City I’ve always wanted.”
Currently, the series is in development – wish us luck!