Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis created and directed the docu-narrative series I Will What I Want, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour. Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV (which he also co-wrote) was an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. He assembled an incredible cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11 year old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr. Indomina released the film theatrically in 2013.

Candis developed the ABC event series A Slave in the White House, adapted from Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s New York Times, best-selling book based on the true story of personal valet Paul Jennings and his unique relationship with President James Madison. Jennings would write the first White House memoir along with historically saving George Washington’s portrait during the War of 1812. Jennings would become a subversive abolitionist, helping slaves acquire freedom twenty years before the establishment of the Underground Railroad.

Candis teamed with Rocnation and Dreamville Grammy nominated artist J. Cole for the short film Crooked Smile. The film is a call to action, challenging America’s current war on drugs and is a dedication to the life of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7 year old tragically killed during a police raid in Detroit, Michigan. Crooked Smile was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video With A Social Statement. In documentary, Candis’ film The Dwelling, chronicling the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo’s Sumida Gawa, was distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis also directed and produced the feature length documentary Baltimore Boys for the prestigious ESPN 30 for 30 original films.

Additionally, Candis directed Who Will Survive America for the Sundance Now Doc Club original series Take 5: Justice in America. The short documentary chronicles America’s love affair and easy accessibility to guns. Candis’ first foray into Virtual Reality Documentary filmmaking comes with the Bus to Canton, the underdog story of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame Running Back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. The film is the first long form sports documentary captured in VR.




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