"Cigarettes for Breakfast" by Daniel Williams

Williams film to be screened at Los Angeles and New York festivals

A feature film by Daniel Williams, theatre and film, has been accepted into the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York. "Cigarettes for Breakfast" will be screened during the Los Angeles festival, running Thursday-Sunday (Aug. 7-10), and again during the New York event, Sept. 10-14.


The film follows Sirus, an aspiring writer self-destructively entwined with three women, who envisions himself as the main character of his fictional story. The line between reality, fantasy, dreams and memory fades as he struggles to overcome his personal demons. 

Williams wrote, directed and edited the film. Production began in the fall of 2002, and principal photography lasted about nine months. Most members of the production crew were film students from Howard University, though four students from BGSU joined the project in July 2004.

Founded in 1997, the American Black Film Festival’s mission is to strengthen the black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. The screening schedule is posted at

The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to redefining the role of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema by implementing programs and events that support the development and success of the urban filmmaking community.  Also in its 12th year, the festival will post its event program online at after Aug. 30.

Williams was also recently recognized for his short film “No Faces,” which was an official selection of the 2008 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. The film was screened as part of the Shorts Program on July 22 at the Tivoli Theatre. The 20-minute piece, produced by Williams with the assistance of students from the BGSU Department of Theatre and Film, focused on the travails of a low-level thug who, when abandoned by his girlfriend, agrees to take on a hit so he can garner more respect and money from his peers.

The 2008 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase was the eighth annual showcase. The event focuses exclusively on the work of local directors and filmmakers, as well as expatriates with strong local connections who have gone on to use their creative talents in other cities.

August 4, 2008