Emmy award-winning multi-hyphenate Ali LeRoi to direct American Refugee for Blumhouse
American Refugee is written by Allison & Nicolas Buckmelter. The script for American Refugee was awarded the distinguished Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, an international screenwriting competition identifying talented new screenwriters.
LeRoi is best known for co-creating the television hits Everybody Hates Chris with Chris Rock, and garnered multiple Emmy nominations for The Chris Rock Show winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. He received multiple award nominations including a WGA Award for Everybody Hates Chris and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. LeRoi most recently helmed the indie drama The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded the Jury Prize at OUTshine 2020 and the Audience Award at LA Outfest 2020. LeRoi is President Emeritus of the prestigious Humanitas Prize, devoted to highlighting writing which promotes human dignity, meaning and freedom.
Second film to be announced for the television company’s slate with Epix
Logline: With the American economy in collapse and the nation under martial law, a family seeks shelter in their neighbor’s bunker, where the danger inside is potentially greater than the danger outside.
Executive producers: Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse; Lisa Bruce.